Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (commonly abbreviated as T3) is a 2003 science fiction action film directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes and Kristanna Loken. It is the second sequel to The Terminator (1984).
After Skynet fails to kill Sarah Connor before her son is born and to kill John himself as a child, it sends back another Terminator, the T-X, in an attempt to wipe out as many Resistance officers as possible, since Connor himself cannot be traced. This includes John’s future wife, but not John himself as his whereabouts are unknown to Skynet. John’s life is placed in danger when the T-X accidentally finds him.
The film’s soundtrack was released by Varèse Sarabande on June 24, 2003:
- “A Day In the Life”
- “Hooked on Multiphonics”
- “Blonde Behind the Wheel”
- “JC Theme”
- “Starting T-1″
- “Hearse Rent a Car”
- “T-X’s Hot Tail”
- “Graveyard Shootout”
- “More Deep Thoughts”
- “Dual Terminator”
- “Kicked in the Can”
- “Magnetic Personality”
- “Flying Lessons”
- “What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?”
- “Terminator Tangle”
- “The Terminator” (from the motion picture The Terminator, composed by Brad Fiedel)
- “Open to Me” performed by Dillon Dixon.
- “I Told You” performed by Mia Julia.
James Cameron announced T3 many times during the 1990s, but without coming out with any finished script. Tedi Sarafian wrote an early draft, and eventually earned a shared “story by” credit with screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, who wrote the screenplay.
The studios had long wanted to make a sequel to the Terminator films. However, they were unsure whether Arnold Schwarzenegger would appear in it. Schwarzenegger initially refused to star in Terminator 3 because Cameron, who created the character and helmed the first two films, would not be directing the third installment. Schwarzenegger tried to persuade Cameron to produce the third film. Cameron declined, however, as he felt that he had already finished telling the story upon the conclusion of T2. But feeling that the Terminator character was as much Schwarzenegger’s as it was his own, he advised Schwarzenegger to just do the third film and ask for “nothing less than $30 million.”[citation needed Schwarzenegger received a salary of $29.25 million, plus 20 percent of the profits, for his role in the film.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator: Reprising his role from the first two films. This film was Schwarzenegger’s final starring role before becoming Governor of California.
Nick Stahl as John Connor: Edward Furlong, who played John in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, reportedly was not asked to reprise his role in T3 due to a substance abuse problem. In a 2004 interview, he responded, “I don’t know what happened. It just wasn’t the time. I was going through my own thing at the point in my life — whatever, it just wasn’t meant to be”.
Following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, John Connor (Nick Stahl) has been living off-the-grid in Los Angeles. Although Judgment Day did not occur on August 29, 1997, the date given by the Terminator in the previous film, John does not believe that the prophesied war between humans and Skynet has been averted. Unable to locate John, Skynet sends a new model of Terminator, the T-X (Kristanna Loken), back in time to July 24, 2004 to kill his future lieutenants in the human Resistance. A more advanced model than previous Terminators, the T-X has an endoskeleton with built-in weaponry, a liquid metal exterior similar to the T-1000, and the ability to control other machines. The Resistance sends a reprogrammed T-850 model 101 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to protect the T-X’s targets, including Kate Brewster (Claire Danes) and John.