Dan Lin Interview – Terminator Salvation and Lara Croft
Rebecca Murray from About:com Hollywood Movies interviews Dan Lin, at the US premiere of Terminator: Salvation, about the future of Lara Croft.
Terminator Salvation Producer Dan Lin
This is a reboot of the franchise because we’re not really looking at #3, right? We’re looking at #1, #2 and #4. Does it really follow #3 at all or do you have to know #3?
Dan Lin: “Only the very end of #3 when Judgment Day has happened. That’s really the only thing of #3. Otherwise, it’s a reboot of Terminator but it really goes back to the mythology that Jim Cameron set up in T1 and T2.”
Now that mythology, do you have to be an expert? Do you have to know your T600s from your T800s to be able to get into this movie?
Dan Lin: “We hope not. We really want to be able to introduce a new set of fans to Terminator, that’s why we have Sam Worthington – a great new actor – and bringing Christian Bale, a credible actor that everyone really loves. So we really hope it brings teenagers and new fans that maybe didn’t watch T1 and T2.”
How important is it at this point in the franchise to go back and do a prequel?
Dan Lin: “We do do it and you’ll see we bring people up to speed about what’s happened in the last three movies. So I think it’s important to set up the mythology before we start the movie.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t actually go on the set to do this, but he is in the film. How hard was it to talk him into doing that?
Dan Lin: “It was a digital cameo. I’ve got to say the sequence is an award-winning sequence, really amazing visual effects. It wasn’t easy. He’s a very busy man. He’s got a lot on his plate. McG really talked to him and convinced him that it would be good for everyone.”
And he said yes right away?
Dan Lin: “I wouldn’t say right away. It’s a big decision and he was really thoughtful about it.”
Okay, now Sherlock Holmes – is it a comedy? Is it an action comedy? What is it?
Dan Lin: “The tone is period Butch and Sundance. It’s almost like a buddy cop movie set in the period world. Like Butch and Sundance it’s action-oriented, but there’s definitely comedy to it. It’s really about these two guys, Sherlock and Watson, who basically they’re best friends and there’s an incident that sets them apart and they have to come back together at the end of the movie.”
So this Sherlock Holmes is actually more of an action stud James Bond-type guy than he ever has been portrayed before?
Dan Lin: “It’s interesting. When you go back to Sherlock Holmes and read the books, he’s actually a much darker, action-oriented character than what has been told in recent stories. We went back to the origin of Sherlock Holmes so, yes, he is action-oriented. But if you read the books, he was trained in a martial art called Bartitsu so we haven’t made anything up. This is really coming from the books.”
And you’re also going to be involved in Lara Croft?
Dan Lin: “Yeah, we’re rebooting Lara Croft as well. Really excited – it’s a great origin story that we’re going to tell. A very character-oriented I would say more realistic than the past Lara Croft movies.”
Any casting on that yet?
Dan Lin: “Not yet.”But it is going to be a younger version so it can’t be Angelina Jolie
Dan Lin: “It is an origin story so it is a younger Lara Croft.”
And it will be full-on action?
Dan Lin: “I would say it’s like Terminator – character-driven action. I think for me the Lara Croft games and movies have gone a little too action-oriented. I wanted to have action, but with character.”
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