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The New Terminator: The Genysis of a Bad Screenplay

Fact: Terminator: Genysis is a flop. Among the most cited reasons for the failure is the very convoluted screenplay. Perhaps convoluted would be a nice way to describe the screenplay. Awful is the word a lot of critics are using. Audience members are a bit kinder to the film but, to the chagrin of Paramount and Skydance Productions, those audience members are few in number. The confusing, beneful, poorly conceived screenplay simply ruins the first entry in what should have been a successful new trilogy.

Why would such a bad screenplay go forward?

Do not think that Hollywood producers care about the quality of scripts. Sure, there are a lot of “how to” screenplay books out there noting the importance of writing great plots, dialogue, and characters. Sure, those elements are important but a lot of movies get made without them. Frequently, movies are conceived solely with marketing strategies in mind.

With Terminator: Genisys, both the production house and the distributor seemingly figured, as long as Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the iconic role, people would buy tickets. To a degree, that was a correct assessment. The other belief was a screenplay focusing redoing the timelines of Terminator I & II would bring in old and new fans. What a bad idea that turned out to be. Revamping the first two films in a weird sequel/reboot combo did nothing but create a muddled screenplay. The end result was a film not many people liked.

Dustin Diamond Gets Jail Time For Role In Bar Fight

Former Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond, who played Screech, has been sentenced to four months in jail for his role in a late 2014 bar fight. According to reports, Diamond and his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz went to a Wisconsin bar on Christmas day. Drunk bar goers began heckling and insulting Diamond and his girlfriend. In an attempt to leave the scene and grab their coats, Diamond claims that as he turned around he saw his girlfriend bleeding and two men standing their holding her hair. He apparently moved towards his girlfriend to grab her and get her out of there when a man grabbed him instead. According to Diamond’s initial report, he grabbed a pen and stabbed the man to break free from his grip. However it was later uncovered that Diamond actually stabbed him with a pocket knife.

 

Alexei Beltyukov (flickr) heard that Diamond was immediately arrested for his actions and it was later concluded by a Wisconsin jury that while they believe he did not “recklessly endanger safety” he did carry “a concealed weapon and behaved in a disorderly manner.” Diamond apologized for his actions in court, however that was not enough. Presiding Judge Paul Malloy sentenced Diamond to serve 120 days in jail and required him to pay a $1,000 fine. When asked about the severity of the sentence, Judge Malloy indicated that he believed the sentenced needed to be extreme to send a message to the community.