[EDITORIAL] It is a sad state of affairs when someone writing a news article has an agenda. News articles are supposed to present the reader solely with the facts and let the reader form his own opinion based on those facts. Agendas, on the other hand, should be reserved for opinion based editorial articles.
There used to be a clear line dividing the two, however now that the requirements of professional journalism has been reduced to owning a computer and having an internet connection, that line has been sadly blurred… and the Terminator franchise is the latest casualty.
We reported it HERE several days ago that CinemaBlend had an opportunity to speak with actor Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese from “Terminator Genisys”) regarding the studio’s decision to delay future Terminator movies for readjustment. Jai expressed his ability to move on from that disappointment, and his ability to not hang onto the past, but admitted it would have been very cool where Skydance was going to take the Genisys Trilogy if they had the chance:
“There’s definitely some pretty clear outlines for where that was going to be taken, and shit sounded really cool, man. So, that’s why part of me is fine with the fact that if we’ve moved on from that, we’ve moved on from that. I’m not one to kind of… I don’t have many regrets in life, and I don’t really hang onto the past too strongly either way. So, it’s like fuck, man. It was disappointing to hear that they’d sort of nixed the plans to get another one up and running, because I thought it would probably be relatively quick turnaround if they did it. But, you know, there’s also reasons for that, so we’ll see.”
Not surprisingly, these Jai Courtney Terminator comments were not carried by other news media outlets, likely because it simply wasn’t “juicy” enough. These were just positive comments towards what Skydance was trying to originally accomplish with the Terminator franchise. Ultimately it resulted in zero traction, and that piece of positive news died as quickly as it broke.
Fast forward to a few days later, Jai Courtney was asked by Business Insider if he was sad that Skydance pulled the plug on the rest of the “Terminator Genisys” trilogy and Jai said “no”, and then replied:
“I’ve certainly become unattached to the idea of it having to come around again, if it seems like an obvious movie to make then cool. But with ‘Terminator,’ who knows, it’s probably time to leave it where it is. But if they can get back in there and dig around and decide there is another film to make, I’ll take the call.”
And suddenly within hours, media outlets all over the internet start spreading the story like wildfire:
Unlike the positive comments Jai made days ago (which was ignored), these comments will likely keep spreading across the internet even though everything Jai Courtney said is actually understandable. Jai has moved on from the disappointment of not finishing the Genisys trilogy and “unattached” himself mentally. He understands “it’s probably time to leave it where it is” regarding the Genisys trilogy, considering much of the critical backlash was towards Jai Courtney himself (his acting specifically.) However, if Skydance finds it worthy to continue his storyline with him in it, Jai said he would take the call.
But when you read these articles (while all of them are not guilty of this) you’ll read jaw dropping statements like this:
“According to Courtney, maybe we should all just be moving along from the T-800 at this point.”
“If Jai Courtney has his way, he thinks the franchise should pack it up for awhile.”
“But when it comes to “The Terminator,” the man who played Kyle Reese thinks maybe Hollywood should stop already.”
According to Jai, the Terminator franchise should pack it up? According to Jai, we should all just be moving away from the T-800 at this point? According to Jai, maybe Hollywood should stop it already? Really? Are these Jai’s thoughts.. or the writers’ thoughts?
It’s a sad state of affairs for Terminator fans when you can’t trust what you read. Sad indeed. So for fans who want to see more Terminator films in the theaters sooner rather than later.. when it comes to the influence of the press.. it unfortunately will be an uphill battle.
We’ll be back.