McG Reveals the Original Terminator Salvation Ending

McG comes clean, reveals the Terminator Salvation end you won't see

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By Macksimus - 5/12/2009
McG, who directed Terminator Salvation, told a group of reporters that he did change the film's original ending to a more hopeful conclusion. (Spoilers ahead!)

Leaks and early reports suggested the film could end with John Connor's somehow becoming a combination of man and machine. In a group interview on Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif., McG revealed that Connor's original outcome was even more dire.

"There was this leak that Connor dies and they put Connor's face on top of the machine body of [half-man, half-machine] Marcus [Sam Worthington]," McG said. "Everybody went, 'Booo! What's that?' That's half of it. We had a jet-black ending. Connor dies, we're in a room with all the people we care about. You take Connor's likeness, you put it on the living machine of Marcus. He sits up now looking like Christian Bale, takes a gun, kills Kate, kills Kyle, kills Star, kills everybody, eyes flare red, the end."

That ending was so bleak that it may not even appear as a DVD extra. "I haven't decided," he said. "Just take a deep breath. Imagine that's the ending. I would hope the oxygen would just go right out. You'd be like, 'They can't do [that]. That was the biggest bummer I've ever seen in my life.'"

Screenwriter Michael Ferris added that the filmmakers toyed with different versions of the dark ending before settling on something more hopeful. "There was an ending of intermediate darkness in which the transition to the mechanical Marcus takes over as Connor and goes on to lead the resistance," Ferris said during the same interview. "It's essentially a secret to everybody except the inner circle that John Connor is now a robot, is now a Terminator. We're going for some irony there."

The revelations appear to confirm the early leaked reports and also put the lie to McG's denials that the leaked endings were accurate. Terminator Salvation opens May 22.

- Fred Topel

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rockingrich1webb - 5/12/2009, 2:22 AM
Woah if they put up that original ending i'll be like WTF WAS THAT!?!

I have the feeling if those writers thought of that stupid ending the movie could end up as a stupid movie as well.
JoshWilding - 5/12/2009, 3:36 AM
i wouldnt want it as the actual ending but it will be disappointing if its not al leaston the dvd/blu ray as a deleted scene/alternate ending
RorMachine - 5/12/2009, 4:02 AM
McG has no balls. He changed that ending after negative fan reaction. [frick] em! If they cant take a sad ending its their problem. Im not saying it even sounded that good but it was the ending he envisioned, id have more respect for him if he stuck to his guns
Supermike - 5/12/2009, 5:16 AM
speaking of ending has anyone ever notice that only the first one had a happy ending? I just want to know how will it connect to the first one
Betty - 5/12/2009, 3:31 PM
I hope there's flowers and poodles n stars!
BillyBlack - 5/12/2009, 4:51 PM
That ending does sound like shit.

So I'm glad McG didn't have the balls to stick with it. If this is supposed to be a multi picture franchise, where in the fk would they go from there? My guess is a suit or two got a hold of this ending(coupled with the negative feedback) and made him change that shit. That'd be the first good move a suit ever made too, cuz now the movie doesn't look half bad.
GunRyder - 5/12/2009, 8:01 PM
I'd of laughed of that would have been the real ending. But it's kind of cool It's more realistic. Good can't win all the time. But who says the machines are bad?
HarrisonBergeron - 5/12/2009, 8:02 PM
As bad as they leave you feeling I do still wish that more movies would go the "1984" route with their endings, now a days we all expect a badass life affirming happy ending, there is room for something else.

BUT- What the hell was he thinking trying that with John Connor and the Terminator franchise? Never mind that it would have painted him into a corner as far as the rest of the trilogy, this is a god damn prequel to some one else's masterpiece! If he had gone with the original ending he would have made two of the most iconic action movies of all time void. WTF!
BillyBlack - 5/12/2009, 8:17 PM
Wow Harrison

I didn't even realize the total scope of that stupid fkn ending until I just read your post. No Kyle Reese, no original Terminator. No John Connor. No chance in hell they let that happen. At least I pray they don't.
HarrisonBergeron - 5/13/2009, 12:29 AM
I actually thought the John's skin on Marcus's body idea could work and possibly be used to answer the paradox of John's conception, but this new revelation about everyone being killed is just too much.
vonstallin - 5/13/2009, 10:18 AM
It would make the TV show work....the very secluded Future JC...
Bandrews1 - 5/16/2009, 7:50 PM
And in what universe did they think that would be a good ending, something like that would have just ruined the entire Terminator series. What would James Cameron think.

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