"Funny thing was it came out really early, a reminder of what the blogosphere can do. I had one conversation, didn't tell anyone and then all of a sudden, BOOM, it was online the next day. So my agent said, 'You probably should know [this is gonna come up].' It's progressed a lot since then, but I'm still officially going to call it a rumor. I'm under the personal policy to say it's a rumor."
However, if he did, hypothetically, sign on to direct this sci-fi sequel, he revealed that his approach would be similar Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins.
"We all love the first two and I actually went back and watched them again and my respect level only went up. I think there is another famous franchise that had a wonderful beginning and then turned a little bananas. Tim Burton's first Batman is just glorious and by the time it got around to nipples on costumes and all that stuff it sort of lost its way. And for (Christopher) Nolan to come in an say 'I respect this material so much I'm going to take it up to *here,* that's a great inspiration.' I think any version, whoever is directing Terminator, would be very respectful and serve the first two and probably feel a bit more freedom by the end."
He also revealed that official announcements, including casting, will likely start "leaking online" in the very near future. Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis are writing the script, although no story details have been confirmed. We reported in June that Dwayne Johnson may play a Terminator sent back to the 1940s to kill Sarah Connor's parents, preventing her from ever being born and giving birth to resistance leader John Connor. That unconfirmed report also revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a human sent back by John Connor to protect the Connor family. This man's ability to protect the family leads to the Terminators eventually being created in his likeness.
Terminator Genisys comes to theaters July 1st, 2015 and stars Emilia Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Smith, Jason Clarke, Byung-hun Lee, Douglas Smith. The film is directed by Alan Taylor.