/ 29 July 2008

Fans get sneak peek at new Terminator film

Terminator Salvation won’t hit movie theatres until next year, but thousands of fans got an early look at a portion of the film on Saturday.

Director McG presented never-before-seen footage during a panel at the Comic-Con comics convention in San Diego and offered a few hints about what to expect from the highly anticipated fourth instalment in the Terminator franchise.

For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger could be back.

”The T-800 model indeed is part of the mythology of Terminator,” McG said coyly, referring to the machine model California’s governor played in the first three films.

James Cameron, who directed the first two Terminator films, and special-effects master Stan Winston, who died in June, also had a hand in the film, McG said, adding that Winston made a cameo appearance.

”He wrestles one of the hydrobots,” the director said.

He acknowledged that the studio is responsible for some of the online rumours.

”We release, like everyone else does, misinformation campaigns,” McG said. ”One of the joys of going to the movies is not knowing what’s going to happen.”

The brief clip shown on Saturday was filled with explosions, tanks, gas masks, guns and crushed skulls.

Set in 2018, the film is dark and apocalyptic, ”exploring what the world is like after a nuclear holocaust”, the director said. ”We wanted everything to feel like giant Soviet tanks crushing all comers.”

Terminator Salvation, a Warner Bros release, is set to hit US theatres in May. — Sapa-AP