Filmmaker James Cameron, who began his blockbuster career with 1984’s The Terminator, has taken the unprecedented step of endorsing a sequel which he had nothing to do with.
“I wasn’t involved in the making of the film,” Cameron says in the clip above, describing his experience sitting down to preview the forthcoming Terminator: Genisys with “no idea what to expect.” He relates an experience glimpsed in the trailers, very familiar settings evoking the original films, but spun in a new direction.
“I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance… I feel like [this new film] is the third film.” That’s a slight against the third and fourth entries in the franchise, which Cameron did not produce. Audiences and critics agreed with Cameron’s assessments of those films. Whether they agree that Genisys is a renaissance will be seen when it releases on July 1st.