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Wondercon 2009: Arnold AND the T-1000 in McG's 'Terminator'?

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Terminator Salvation director McG appeared at Wondercon today in San Francisco, along with the cast of his upcoming film – actors Bryce Dallas Howard, Anton Yelchin, Common, and Moon Bloodgood – and told FEARnet that not only is he still speaking with Arnold Schwarzenegger about appearing in his continuation of the Terminator franchise, but that he's also figured out a way to include actor Robert Patrick (Terminator 2's relentless T-1000) in a potential sequel to his fourth Terminator film.

"Arnold saw the movie two nights ago," said McG, "and I'm set to see him shortly. We're gonna discuss what he wants to do, and to what degree he wants to be involved."

When asked if the actor-turned-governor will definitely appear in the film, McG replied, "Don't know yet. But either way I wanted Arnold to see the movie. I want Jim [Cameron] to see the movie. I come from a place of maximum respect."

The director added that he's also been speaking with Linda Hamilton, "with great regularity," fueling suspicion she'll reprise her role of Sarah Connor, if only in a voiceover, ala Terminator 2.

But the real bombshell was MCG's revelation that he's been speaking with Robert Patrick about appearing in a sequel to Terminator Salvation. "I talk to Robert Patrick with great regularity," he said. "It's interesting – I was [thinking of] a through line. I'll bounce it off of you guys: I like the idea in a prospective next picture that you meet Robert Patrick the way he looks today, and he's a scientist that's working on improving cell replication so we can stay healthier and we can cure juvenile diabetes and all these things that once again sound like good ideas -- and once again live as an idealized expression of ourselves. So imagine seeing a sixty-year-old Robert Patrick and knowing, 'Holy shit! That's gonna be the T-1000 – who comes back perfect, lean and the whole thing.' I haven't concluded that, but Robert and I had dinner the other night and talked about it. I made two movies with Robert Patrick, so I like him very much. And now he's very heavily into motorcycle riding. He's a really serious guy."

"But the audience has to say we need another one," he continued. "Let Memorial Day come. If we all get together and sit at a table like this and you guys give me a kick in the ass and say, 'Go make another one,' I'll deliver Bale and we'll get it done."

I also asked McG if there will be an extended Director's Cut of Terminator Salvation when it hits DVD. And if so, how much more will be included in that cut.

"Substantially more," he said. "Substantially more. I'll have to look at that cut, and decide if it's ultimately better than the theatrical release. I have a great partner, who is a wonderful sounding board, in Conrad Buff. Conrad cut Titanic and won the Academy Award, and he cut T2. He's the antithesis of who I am. We talk about what we want to do, we sort of concur, and we've got the Director's Cut going on over here, and then we've got what is likely to be the theatrical release over here. So we'll see."

McG also restated his desire to dedicate the film to the late FX maestro, Stan Winston. He squashed rumors that Winston will appear in a cameo role shot before his passing, though admitted they'd talked about it at one point. "I want to dedicate the movie [to him]," he said. "I really do, and I suspect I'll be able to, but I got to make sure Sony and Warners are cool with it."

Finally, as to whether or not composer Brad Fiedel's classic Terminator theme will be used, McG stated, "Indeed. Danny Elfman is indeed doing the score, but we're gonna use a lot of Brad's music."

We'll have more from Terminator Salvation at Wondercon up soon, including our conversations with the film's cast.

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