James Cameron calls Terminator: Genisys the 'third film' in the iconic franchise

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Jun 9, 2015

The saga surrounding Terminator: Genisys just got a whole lot more interesting, and now series creator James Cameron has chimed in with some very interesting thoughts.

In a video interview featured on Yahoo!, Cameron tells the story of the first time he saw the new pre-sequel Terminator: Genisys, and it turns out the Terminator and Terminator 2 director is a big fan. Cameron makes it clear that he had pretty much nothing to do with the new film creatively, and came in with a relatively clean slate to watch a finished version.

What he found surprised him, as the new film paid some nice homages to Cameron’s acclaimed installments in the now-sordid franchise, then threw in some fresh twists and turns. Fans have been a little iffy on that recently revealed (in the trailers, so no real spoiler warning necessary) twist about John Connor being turned into an enemy. If nothing else, it sounds like Cameron didn’t hate it. Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

"I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t involved in the making of the film. I didn’t direct it. Didn’t write it. I'm just a fanboy … I start to see things I recognize. It’s being very respectful of the first two films. Then all of a sudden it just swerves. And now I’m going on a  journey. I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance. You look at why the films became classics, they had characters that you like. The new film, which in my mind I think of as the third film, we see Arnold take the character even farther."

Coming on the heels of two mediocre sequels in the wake of Cameron’s departure on the creative side, it’s encouraging to hear that he at least had some positive things to say about the film. Of course, had he said it was the worst piece of garbage he’d ever seen, we doubt this interview would’ve been released by the studio — so, you know, grain of salt or two there.

Check out the full interview, which is well worth a watch for classic Terminator fans:

(Via Yahoo!)