A leaked still from the hotly-anticipated film sequel Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, due for release in 2009, has caused outrage both among fans of the Termiantor series and animal rights groups. For months, the blogosphere has been alive with rumours that the new sequel will take the series in a “bold” new direction in light of the absences of series stalwarts Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and director James Cameron (the latter two also both absent from 2003’s Terminator 3). The leaked still from the production has confirmed just how “bold” the producers have been this time round.
Sources inside the production have confirmed that the star of Terminator Salvation: The Future will indeed be a cybernetic primate, sent from the Cretaceous era 80 million years ago in order to steal secrets about the future and thus prevent John Connor’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great etc. grandparents from ever being born. As to how a monkey from this ancient era could also be a cybernetic organism, remains unclear.
Animal rights campaigners have called the idea “disgusting” while many fans are also question the wisdom taking the franchise in this direction. Warner Bros., which is distributing the film has refused to comment.