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I believe the way it goes is:
Can occur at multiple points during process:
Catwoman had more than two writers. The first draft (which was never used) was written by Daniel Waters (of Heathers fame). John Rogers (the creator of Leverage) also worked on the script (and was credited) and a few writers who didn't do much else also worked on the script.
Also, William Wisher Jr. (the co-writer of Terminator 2) did some work on Rise of the Machines and Salvation.
And Ferris also worked on Goldeneye and The Punisher (Thomas Jane version), so it balances out in the end.
edited 24th Jan '12 5:14:37 PM by Buscemi
I've noticed that a lot of the best movies tend to be when they minimize the number of writers and give them more room to work. It tends to make for more focused and balanced stories, rather than what we usually get in juggling a half-dozen things that don't go anywhere.
Do you mind if I link and repost that on my blog?
Just gave you a shout out on Made Of Forum Win.
Meanwhile on the topic of T2: Judgment Day, just listen to this version of the iconic T2 theme song.
The original and T2 were of course the best of the bunch. Machines and Salvation just... just didn't need to be made. I know that studios want to milk every franchise they can but they still didn't need to be done from an artistic point of view and that really shows.
T2 took the original idea and said "awesome, but what if we had two Terminator's going at it?" and it worked brilliantly. Machines just repeats what T2 did but doesn't add anything and doesn't take the story anywhere. Salvation, although probably better than Machines. just abandons the original idea of a stalker murder robot and goes into full-on Fallout territory and, again, nothing happens that particularly adds to the story as a whole.
Random question that's always bugged me:
Does the T-1000 have a HUD like the T-800 and T-X do?
Nope, they never showed it.
I don't think in any of the extended media either.
Given that the T-1000 is a blob with no central CPU they probably don't see things quite the same way as any other terminator would. At the least their vision and field of view is probably a little more than what is reasonably able to replicate with a camera (Humans see at just under 180 degrees, even wide field lenses let a camera see far less then that).
The thing that bugs me about T2 is the scene where Sarah is shown pics of the T-800 at the Galleria, along with pics of the T-800 from the first film. So there is proof of the Terminator's existence, but Dr. Silberman still thinks Sarah's full of shit? It's one thing to be skeptical, but didn't it strike him as terrifying that a massacre occurred at the police station where he works within minutes of his departure?
edited 13th Feb '12 2:08:28 PM by Premonition45
Silberman isn't so much a character as a two-legged portrayal of disbelief in the face of the blindingly obvious. Which makes it really nice that when L.A. gets obliterated in the Terminator 3 film, it is just after he had seen proof that Sarah Connor wasn't crazy. The last thing that went through his mind, apart from all the good stuff that goes with a nuclear initiation must have been, "oh crap".
edited 11th Feb '12 10:56:49 PM by TamH70
Rise from the dead, old thread!
Terminator's Skynet is actually the second government missile control system. The first was the WOPR. Essentially, the government didn't really learn from its mistakes and used a solely computer controlled system for faster response time.
That is actually, scarily enough, quite plausible. Btw, did you know that Skynet is an actual Thing? It is the backbone for the UK military's satellite communications system.
And came online about 20 years before the first Terminator film...
Wouldn't surprise me if the name was inspired by reality. Plus it just sounds cool.
Related to my above post: while later Skynets in the time loop were based on the T-800 chip, the original was based on the work of Professor Steven Falken. The only problem is that they stopped letting it play games. If they just played chess with it, the world wouldn't have lost so many lives.
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