Terminator: Genisys star teases alternate timelines and likely PG-13 rating

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Oct 9, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT (Updated)

Though the last Terminator film was a bit of a dud, Paramount Pictures is prepping a new sequel with plans to build a new trilogy around Genisys. So what can we expect from the new-look franchise?

Jai Courtney, who plays Kyle Reese, chatted with The Arnold Fans about what Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor hopes to do with the franchise. In this version, which is being billed as a quasi-sequel and not a reboot, Sarah Connor is played by Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), John Connor is played by Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Danny Dyson is played by Dayo Okeniyi. Here’s what Courtney had to say about the expected rating:

“I would love to see it be rated R, but I don’t think it will. I think in this day & age, it’s much more likely to be PG-13. There were no f-bombs. But there’ll be a healthy amount of movie violence … Hard to imagine a Terminator film without Arnold. I guess we start filming – I think the plan is do the next 2 back to back in 2016.”

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but it is a bit of a disappointment. The best films in this franchise — the first two — were rated R, while the subsequent (and lesser) sequels were rated PG-13. Here’s hoping Taylor is able to buck the trend.

As for how he hopes to right the ship? They’ve managed to keep the story largely under wraps, though we do know the film will apparently feature time travel once again (yay!) and visit a handful of different time periods. Considering the relatively young age of the cast, that’s not much of a surprise, though it does raise some questions.

Courtney peeled back a few more layers in an interview with The Huffington Post, and the more he says, the more it sounds like they might take a page out of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek playbook and introduce an alternate timeline to play in with the new film — possibly jumping off around the timeline of the first Terminator film. Check out his comments and let us know what you think:

“What I can say is that we start in a place we’re familiar with from the early films and then, you know, circumstances change. It somewhat shifts the course of events from that point. It’s not necessarily a sequel or a reboot. I don’t even know how you brand it correctly. We’re not remaking one of the early Terminator movies. And it doesn’t necessarily carry on from the point where we left off.”

Terminator: Genisys is slated to open in theaters July 1, 2015. Awkward subtitle aside, do you think Genisys is the Terminator film we’ve been waiting for?

(Via Collider)