More than 30 years after the release of the original Terminator, producer Gale Ann Hurd revealed she and director James Cameron almost didn’t get to end the film the way they wanted.
At Screamfest, Hurd recalled the behind-the-scenes struggle with executives to maintain the bleak ending we all know. “We got notes to end the film before the end of the film,” she said in a Q&A session. “Not even have The Terminator rise out as the endoskeleton, but just end with Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor hugging.”
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Hurd had to fight for the vision she shared with Cameron — a difficult feat for a first time filmmaker. “I mean, your first movie and you’re telling people, ‘No, you’re wrong,’” Hurd said. “It’s not an easy thing to do.”
Thankfully, Hurd and Cameron had right people fighting for them. She gave credit to her mentor Rodger Corman and Lindley Parsons, Sr., head of Film Finances in Los Angeles at the time. They both “knew what The Terminator was going to be,” according to Hurd, when not many people understood the idea.
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Corman and Parsons also weren’t afraid to give advice or call out mistakes when they saw them. “You absolutely need people to believe in you,” Hurd said. “You also need people to tell you when you’re screwing up that you can listen to.” Corman and Parsons “were all of that” and had their back, Hurd added.
Though Terminator Genisys flopped, a new Terminator movie is in the works. James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are involved. It is scheduled for release on November 1, 2019.