"It's not a reboot or a sequel or a prequel," Jai told Variety. "It stands alone. We're introduced to a world that we've seen before. However, when Reese is sent back to save Sarah Connor, something has happened in the process sand everything has changed. All the information he has for the mission and the task at hand is different. Therefore, things have been reset and that's where we move forward from. That's about all I can say."
It's like the alternate 1985 of "Back to the Future II" (but hopefully without rich Biff). Jai said he's a "big time" fan of the original "Terminator" films, adding that he probably saw "T2" 50 times as a kid. "We really are throwing it back to the films that Cameron did," Jai said. "There will be gentle nods to those, paying homage, but moving it forward as well. And trying to engage an entirely new audience, not just people loyal to the series." He admitted he hasn't even seen "Terminator: Salvation," the most recent 2009 film starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington.
One guy who knows all about the Cameron films is Arnold Schwarzenegger. He recently shared some teases on the film at a recent bodybuilding event, noting that "Genisys" will recreate scenes like the ones where he demands "give me your clothes" but with new twists.
Here's what Arnold said (via TheArnoldFans):
Should be pretty interesting. A new trailer is meant to be released with "Furious 7" on April 3, but this one is a good start:
"..I think it's going to be a great movie with great surprises, none of which you can see in the trailer, simply because of the visual FX... to recreate me from 1984, every single frame has to be recreated... and it's quite a long scene. The idea is in 1984 when you see me walking across naked to those punks and say 'Give me your clothes,'... now the scene changes. As I (the young Arnold) say 'Give me your clothes,' suddenly you hear a voice behind me say 'You won't need them.' So the Terminator turns around to check out who is that, and all of a sudden he sees himself, which is me the way I look now, and I'm there with a shotgun, and I just blast away at him.
We'll be having some great surprises about who is the ultimate villain that I have to fight, how I was reprogrammed, and the time travel. You can't travel through time when you have metal exposed, and my arm gets deteriorated... the flesh, because of some acid... so then my metal arm is exposed, therefore I cannot use the time machine."