Having carved himself a fine reputation directing the likes of The Sopranos, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, Alan Taylor is set to make jump to big budget filmmaking with the release of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, after which he’s set to turn his hand to another big franchise, helming the 2015 reboot Terminator. During a promotional interview with SlashFilm for the upcoming Thor sequel, Taylor refused to confirm that he’s set to direct Terminator, although he did speak ‘hypothetically’ about how he’d handle the latest instalment in the sci-fi/action series.
“Funny thing was it came out really early, a reminder of what the blogosphere can do. I had one conversation, didn’t tell anyone and then all of a sudden, BOOM, it was online the next day. So my agent said, ‘You probably should know [this is gonna come up].’ It’s progressed a lot since then, but I’m still officially going to call it a rumor… We all love the first two and I actually went back and watched them again and my respect level only went up. I think there is another famous franchise that had a wonderful beginning and then turned a little bananas… Tim Burton’s first Batman is just glorious and by the time it got around to nipples on costumes and all that stuff it sort of lost its way. And for Christopher Nolan to come in [with Batman Begins] and say ‘I respect this material so much I’m going to take it up to *here,* that’s a great inspiration.’ I think any version, whoever is directing Terminator, would be very respectful and serve the first two and probably feel a bit more freedom by the end.”
The Terminator reboot is set for release on June 26th, 2015, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn all rumoured to return and Dwayne Johnson (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Hercules: The Thracian Wars) tipped to take over the role of the cyborg killing / protecting machine.