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It all starts here. We have been waiting four years since the last installment of the Terminator franchise, and while the anticipated sequel won't be out until next year, today the project made a very important step forward. Skydance Productions has reveled the slate you see above on their Facebook page, announcing that Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genesis has officially entered production. The picture came along with a message reading:
::SKYNET preparation routines complete.
In case you're curious about why it says R.I.P. Sarah at the top of the slate, it's part of a memoriam for Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a second camera assistant on the upcoming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider who died in a tragic incident on set. As a way of remembering her, filmmakers have posted pictures of production slates to the Slates For Sarah Facebook page.
Over the last few months the film has been collecting a cast of all stars who will be playing some very familiar characters. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back, once again reprising his role as the titular robotic killing machine, and he will be joined by Emilia Ckarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Connor and Dayo Okeniji as Danny Dyson, the son of Cyberdyne engineer Miles Dyson from T2: Judgement Day. Also joining the cast will be J.K. Simmons, Byung-hun Lee, Sandrine Holt, and Michael Gladis.
What's unfortunate is that we know very, very little about Terminator: Genesis' plot. The script was written by Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis, but the studios behind the film have yet to release an official plot synopsis. It was confirmed last summer that the movie is going to work as a reboot of sorts and that it is expected to be the first in a whole new trilogy. Schwarzenegger has said that production will be taking place over the course of four to four-and-a-half months, and that the crew will be shooting mostly in New Orleans. The director is best known for his work on HBO shows like Game of Thrones, and most recently did some work for Marvel Studios making Thor: The Dark World:
Following its long shoot, Terminator: Genesis will go into post-production aiming to have the finished product ready for the July 4th weekend next year. Are you amped? What are you hoping to see in the reboot? Let us know your thoughts, speculation and excitement level in the comments section below.