Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Terminator & Christian Bale in NM

Months of rumors, and now it's confirmed. After the success of No Country for Old Men at the Oscars, Transformers at the Box Office, and with movies like Indiana Jones 4, Game and Terminator Salvation coming soon, we'll be seeing New Mexico in screens everywhere for years to come.

From the Albuquerque Journal: He'll Be Back— And In N.M.
By Dan Mayfield
Journal Staff Writer
Finally. After months of rumors it's official.
The latest installment of the "Terminator" film franchise will carry the Made-in-New Mexico label.
The film, called "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins," will be the first of a new trilogy of "Terminator" films.
Filming begins in May and continues through August in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and across the state, according to the Governor's Office.
Production will be based at Albuquerque Studios, which is undergoing a large expansion.
"Terminator" is expected to employ more people and shoot in more locations than any film previously made in the state, said Lisa Strout, director of the New Mexico Film Office.
Warner Bros. Pictures plans its release on May 22, 2009.
The film will be directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol, who usually just goes by McG. He directed "Charlie's Angels" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Both relied on complex, almost unbelievable action sequences.
In a news release, McG said, "New Mexico represents an arid western United States which has a look and feel conductive to creating an American Gothic picture."
In other words, New Mexico can play a post-nuclear dead world well.
Jeremy Hariton, senior vice president of Albuquerque Studios, said he contacted the producers last year:
"McG called asking about the studio and asked to talk further, what we can do, what the state can do and how the incentives worked. I was in L.A. one day and I met the producers and McG, and the rest is history."
He sold McG on New Mexico, but he had to convince the producers that New Mexico was better than the original location: Budapest, Hungary.
"We did everything we could to bring them here."
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The "Terminator" saga also was used in the television show "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," whose pilot was shot in Albuquerque.
"Chronicles" takes place sometime between T-2 and T-3 as John Connor is growing up. The series is a hit on Fox.
Read the full article here:
He'll Be Back— And In N.M.

From the Governor's Office:
Governor Bill Richardson Announces Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins to be filmed in New Mexico
Salvation: The Future Begins will be shot in New Mexico. Production is scheduled to begin in New Mexico in spring 2008. Christian Bale (3:10 to Yuma, Batman) will star as John Connor.

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins will be the first film in a new Terminator trilogy and will mark the latest installment of the multi-billion dollar Terminator franchise. Moritz Borman, Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek will produce. McG will direct the film from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines).

“Terminator Salvation is the largest picture shot in New Mexico to date and will continue to showcase our status as a leader in quality locations, quality crews and talent, and quality productions,” said Governor Richardson. “This is huge for the state’s film industry – the fact that such a big film with a blockbuster reputation has chosen New Mexico speaks volumes.”

"New Mexico represents an arid Western United States which has a look and feel conducive to creating an American Gothic picture,” said Director McG. “This Terminator is set in a credible post-apocalyptic future and will redefine the language of its predecessors. This is the story of a man's search for belief in himself and his fellow man. It's a long journey and the landscape plays a critical role. Governor Richardson’s office and the New Mexico Film Office have been extremely supportive and we're looking forward to an incredible production experience."

The film will be shot from May through August in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other New Mexico locations. Production offices will be based at Albuquerque Studios, where all of the stage work will take place, representing a large portion of the film.
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And here's more background from Variety:

Bale Takes on 'Terminator'

Christian Bale, cyborg foe.

Thesp is closing in on the role of John Connor in Warner Bros.' reboot of the "Terminator" franchise.

Project puts Bale in two consecutive summer tentpoles for the studio: He will reprise his role as the Caped Crusader in "The Dark Knight" next summer, followed by "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins" in summer 2009.

Bale will play Connor, now in his 30s, in the fourth installment of the "Terminator" franchise, to be set in the future. McG is directing the project, skedded for an April start in Budapest.

Bale has been rumored to be involved in the project for weeks, but there had been conflicting reports about his role...

More Variety news on the project at: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117973741.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

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