James Cameron endorses ‘Terminator Genisys’: ‘The franchise is reinvigorated’

New 'Terminator' movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger opens in cinema on July 1

James Cameron has given Terminator Genisys his seal of approval, saying the new sequel starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is “very respectful” of his two original films.

Cameron directed and co-wrote 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but had no input in 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines or 2009’s Terminator Salvation. He has also had no involvement in the forthcoming fifth film, which opens in cinemas on July 1.

Giving a review of the new movie to Yahoo!, Cameron said: “[While watching it] I start to see things I recognise. It’s being very respectful of first two films. Then all of the 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.”

Continuing, Cameron went on to describe Terminator Genisys as the “third film” in the franchise, making clear he isn’t a fan of the 2003 and 2009 sequels. “If you look at why the [first two] films became classics, they had characters that you liked,” he said. “The new film, which, in my mind, I think of as the third film, we see Arnold take the character even farther.”

Genisys sees Schwarzenegger return to the iconic title role for the first time since 2003. He is joined by Game Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, who takes on the role of Sarah Connor made famous by Linda Hamilton, as well as by Whiplash‘s JK Simmons, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) directed from a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry). The film was shot between April and August of last year (2014) in New Orleans and San Francisco, using an estimated production budget of $170 million (£110 million).