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Cast This: Who should direct Terminator 5?

Apr. 20, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Ready to find another director?

A few days ago, James Cameron shared his thoughts on the direction that TERMINATOR 5 should go in. To make it short, Cameron thinks that the film should be "Arnold-centric", focusing on the T-800.

Upon reading the strike backs, I noticed that several of you were not too keen on a fifth installment. If they can make money on it, they'll try to jump on it. The project had a bumpy start initially with bankruptcy issues, but landed back on its feet when Megan Ellison under her banner, Annapurna Pictures bought the rights. So if things still go according to plan, Arnie will be back.

With Justin Lin out of the question to focus all his energy on the FAST & FURIOUS franchise, who can take on this project? Fellow editor, Paul Shirey suggested Duncan Jones, which I think is a great choice. Another good suggestion was Neill Blomkamp. Just please, no Michael Bay or Shawn Levy, I just couldn't handle that. If you're going to bring back the Terminator, at least try to hit it out of the park.

Go ahead, tell us who you would get to direct TERMINATOR 5.

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': Who should direct CATCHING FIRE?:

1. Alfonso Cuarón 2. Joe Wright 3. David Yates

Cuarón had a pretty good lead on the other two chosen directors for the sequel. For those who love the series, Cuarón might be the perfect choice for the material. He is also on the shortlist of directors that Lionsgate wants. After seeing HANNA, I can understand why Wright would be chosen. Not so much for the character direction, but for the action scenes and over all look of the film. That sort of vision could be good for the world of Katniss. In third, we have another director familiar with the HARRY POTTER franchise-- David Yates. He's got the most Potter films under his belt, but is he right for something like this? Eh, why not? UPDATE: Just a few hours ago, it was reported that CONSTANTINE and I AM LEGEND director Francis Lawrence got the gig.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think the plot of the 5th Terminator should focus on? Also, more Guns 'N Roses? Yay or Nay?
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9:42PM on 04/22/2012
Duncan Jones would be awesome but could he do competent action? If Looper is as good as the trailer looks (long shot but it happens), what about Rian Johnson? he'd be a good one.

other ideas: Brad BIrd? Gareth Evans?
Duncan Jones would be awesome but could he do competent action? If Looper is as good as the trailer looks (long shot but it happens), what about Rian Johnson? he'd be a good one.

other ideas: Brad BIrd? Gareth Evans?
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2:53PM on 04/22/2012

Duncan Jones

Enough said.
Enough said.
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11:30AM on 04/22/2012

Rob Zombie

I always wanted to see what a trailer park trash terminator looks like. Maybe he could be built with Pabst and Keystone Light cans. Also, he better wear a damn trucker hat!
I always wanted to see what a trailer park trash terminator looks like. Maybe he could be built with Pabst and Keystone Light cans. Also, he better wear a damn trucker hat!
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9:41AM on 04/22/2012

I say...

Jim Cameron
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8:06AM on 04/22/2012
Uwe Boll....Just Kidding :P
I think James Cameron should direct it...although Duncan Jones is a good choice. Source Code and Moon are both excellent movies. I just hope it doesnt end up like Terminator Salvation
Uwe Boll....Just Kidding :P
I think James Cameron should direct it...although Duncan Jones is a good choice. Source Code and Moon are both excellent movies. I just hope it doesnt end up like Terminator Salvation
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9:14PM on 04/21/2012

Duncan Jones

I'm sure his creative mind would do wonders for this particular universe.
I'm sure his creative mind would do wonders for this particular universe.
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12:16PM on 04/21/2012
Your Mama!
Your Mama!
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12:18AM on 04/21/2012
Spike Jonze with John Malkovich as John Conner.
Spike Jonze with John Malkovich as John Conner.
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11:09PM on 04/20/2012
Mel Gibson, Chan Wook Park, Todd Field
Mel Gibson, Chan Wook Park, Todd Field
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7:38PM on 04/20/2012

Easy

Why can't James Cameron just direct this? I know Avatar made the most money of all time but do people really want to see two more? Were is he going to steal the plot from this time!?
Why can't James Cameron just direct this? I know Avatar made the most money of all time but do people really want to see two more? Were is he going to steal the plot from this time!?
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5:06PM on 04/20/2012
Anybody worth having is not going to want to continue a broken franchise. Period.

If you want to reboot in a big way. You'll have some pretty big names all over this.

Terminator 5 will most likely be a low-budget cash-in.
Anybody worth having is not going to want to continue a broken franchise. Period.

If you want to reboot in a big way. You'll have some pretty big names all over this.

Terminator 5 will most likely be a low-budget cash-in.
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3:53PM on 04/20/2012
McG!
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Naaaw, I'm just fuckin' with ya!
McG!
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Naaaw, I'm just fuckin' with ya!
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3:17PM on 04/20/2012
I just want them to finish the story from Salvation. I also don't get the hate for it. It is basically the 1st part of the war. Now that the leadership is dead, John Connor can lead the resistance and they can finish it up.
I just want them to finish the story from Salvation. I also don't get the hate for it. It is basically the 1st part of the war. Now that the leadership is dead, John Connor can lead the resistance and they can finish it up.
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3:09PM on 04/20/2012
To build off of Indydan13's idea: hire David O. Russell to direct, and re-hire Christian Bale to star. The behind-the-scenes screaming matches would be EPIC.
To build off of Indydan13's idea: hire David O. Russell to direct, and re-hire Christian Bale to star. The behind-the-scenes screaming matches would be EPIC.
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2:32PM on 04/20/2012

Simple

We get David O. Russell, who will make it a story on how the Connor family have always been fighters of machines, and then the internet will rise up and strike this idea down, ensuring that the movie gets put back into the depths of developmental hell forever.
We get David O. Russell, who will make it a story on how the Connor family have always been fighters of machines, and then the internet will rise up and strike this idea down, ensuring that the movie gets put back into the depths of developmental hell forever.
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2:19PM on 04/20/2012

how about no one?

I still think James Cameron meant the whole T-800 story as a joke. Seeing that he's said it many times over that the franchise was done when T2 was made, and I agree:

T3 was a badly deformed twin/clone of T2

T4 was a boring scrap-book/collage of the first two movies.

Anyways, this isn't the article to bitch and moan so if they must go ahead the story should focus on Kyle Reese (and pretend the Anton Yelchin version never happened)

"On the eve of the nuclear blast, Kyle's mother
I still think James Cameron meant the whole T-800 story as a joke. Seeing that he's said it many times over that the franchise was done when T2 was made, and I agree:

T3 was a badly deformed twin/clone of T2

T4 was a boring scrap-book/collage of the first two movies.

Anyways, this isn't the article to bitch and moan so if they must go ahead the story should focus on Kyle Reese (and pretend the Anton Yelchin version never happened)

"On the eve of the nuclear blast, Kyle's mother gives birth to him and dies and he therefore grows up alone. Years later he meets up with a black foul mouthed Iraqi-army vet who tells him "COME WITH ME IF U WANT 2 MUTHAFUCKING LIVE, I'M 4 REALS DAWHG!!" and teaches him in the ways of the 'insurgents' and together blow-up a lot of shit and kick terminator ass. Soon enough, Kyle also becomes a badass and knows everything from making bombs out of industrial-toilet detergent and recycling expired food.

One day while having some pseudo-philosophical talk about hamburgers, Kyle and his mentor are ambushed by terminators. Kyles survives but the black dude doesnt (NOOOOOO!!! *As the camera zooms away*). Once again Kyle is alone but is soon picked up by two redneck-lesbian bikers who've heard rumours about some dude name John Connor whose leading a resistance. Kyle refuses but after a first-aid treatment on his wounds leads to a 3-some, he agrees and soon they meet 'John Connor' whose actually a TERMINATOR IN DISGUISE! One of the girls ends up dead and her companion cries hysterically and wants to fight the terminator single handedly.

Kyle is forced to punch her in the face to get her back to her senses and yells 'SHE'S GONE! IF WANT TO DIE THATS YOUR CHOICE BUT IF YOU WANT TO LIVE..COME WITH ME!! more stuff blows up and and true to his word, she lives.... For now"

Directed by DJ Caruso
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1:07PM on 04/20/2012
All I know is Neill Blomkamp has enough creativity he doesn't need to be a hired gun on a project like this.

My vote will always be abandon all hope.
All I know is Neill Blomkamp has enough creativity he doesn't need to be a hired gun on a project like this.

My vote will always be abandon all hope.
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12:21PM on 04/20/2012
Kind of tongue in cheek, but let Joss Whedon at it and then we can have Summer Glau return as the T-bitch from the shortlived Tv series. She's soooo hot!!!
Kind of tongue in cheek, but let Joss Whedon at it and then we can have Summer Glau return as the T-bitch from the shortlived Tv series. She's soooo hot!!!
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12:01PM on 04/20/2012

Darren Aronofsky, Duncan Jones.

To be honest, I would kind of rather that the studio just give the series some time to rest before making another. I really hope the film gets a director on par with Cameron when he made the first two, something that has yet to be achieved for any Terminator film since his departure.
To be honest, I would kind of rather that the studio just give the series some time to rest before making another. I really hope the film gets a director on par with Cameron when he made the first two, something that has yet to be achieved for any Terminator film since his departure.
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11:36AM on 04/20/2012
James Cameron or nobody. We need a true third film and Cameron is the only guy who can do it properly. Two high budget fan films is enough.
James Cameron or nobody. We need a true third film and Cameron is the only guy who can do it properly. Two high budget fan films is enough.
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11:27AM on 04/20/2012

Brad Bird

This is a franchise I'm passionate about so here is my 2 cents. I do not understand the absolute hate for Salvation. It was not a perfect movie, but it was pretty close to being what it should have been. I think Bale was a terrible choice for Conner though. Cameron's comments about Arnie needing to be the focus in 5 is wrong in my opinion. Terminator was great. T2 was phenomenal and T3 is my least favorite. The DNA of the first three films are worn out. They are chase films. The first two are
This is a franchise I'm passionate about so here is my 2 cents. I do not understand the absolute hate for Salvation. It was not a perfect movie, but it was pretty close to being what it should have been. I think Bale was a terrible choice for Conner though. Cameron's comments about Arnie needing to be the focus in 5 is wrong in my opinion. Terminator was great. T2 was phenomenal and T3 is my least favorite. The DNA of the first three films are worn out. They are chase films. The first two are of Sarah getting chased down, she escapes and repeat for two films. Then John gets chased down, escapes and repeats for two hours. It's been done. Salvation gave a new plot. It's finally the war. Humans vs. Machines just like the flash backs showed. We need to keep that going. Throw Arnold in there, sure. But this has always been about John Conner.

As for the director, I've alwasy loved Bird's Pixar films and couldn't wait to see what he did with Ghost Protocol. I loved it and can't wait to see what he does next. This would be a good enough follow up as any.
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12:20PM on 04/20/2012
T3 was the worst yes, but it by far had the best ending out of all the T movies.
T3 was the worst yes, but it by far had the best ending out of all the T movies.
1:03PM on 04/20/2012
Agreed. When T3 ended I was pumped for T4 to come out. I almost think though they had let too much time pass between T3 and Salvation in terms of storyline. I would have like to have seen society crumble a little more.
Agreed. When T3 ended I was pumped for T4 to come out. I almost think though they had let too much time pass between T3 and Salvation in terms of storyline. I would have like to have seen society crumble a little more.
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11:09AM on 04/20/2012
Gareth evans I would like to see what he could do with a big budget.
Gareth evans I would like to see what he could do with a big budget.
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10:50AM on 04/20/2012
Michael Bay could direct using the CGI Arnie from Salvation the whole time. And throw some Shia Lebeouf in there just for good measure.
Michael Bay could direct using the CGI Arnie from Salvation the whole time. And throw some Shia Lebeouf in there just for good measure.
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10:40AM on 04/20/2012
I'm not a big fan of the terminator series but Terrence Mallick would probably be a good choice.
I'm not a big fan of the terminator series but Terrence Mallick would probably be a good choice.
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9:31AM on 04/20/2012
cameron, brad bird or ridley scott
cameron, brad bird or ridley scott
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9:21AM on 04/20/2012

Cameron, offcourse! Otherwise, Brad Bird.

If it works for Mission Impossible, it'll work for Terminator too.

And Alex Proyas is also a great choice. Dark City, BAM!
If it works for Mission Impossible, it'll work for Terminator too.

And Alex Proyas is also a great choice. Dark City, BAM!
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9:15AM on 04/20/2012

Why not Stallone??

Stop or my mom will shoot!
Stop or my mom will shoot!
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9:06AM on 04/20/2012
McG understood the franchise. It's mostly the Studio re-editing the movie that ruined it, and his planned trilogy had a good premise actually.
Why not let him do it ?
(bring on the thumbs down)
But if you want another director, how about Katheryn Bigelow, Josh Whedon, Joe Cornish...
McG understood the franchise. It's mostly the Studio re-editing the movie that ruined it, and his planned trilogy had a good premise actually.
Why not let him do it ?
(bring on the thumbs down)
But if you want another director, how about Katheryn Bigelow, Josh Whedon, Joe Cornish...
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11:22AM on 04/20/2012
YES! I do not get the hate for Salvation. It was not a perfect movie but it was very close to being what it needed to be.
YES! I do not get the hate for Salvation. It was not a perfect movie but it was very close to being what it needed to be.
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8:42AM on 04/20/2012
Neill Blomkamp
Neill Blomkamp
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8:33AM on 04/20/2012
The Vibe: Humanity battles to survive in post Judgment Day cities - there was a bit of this in Salvation but not nearly enough.

Director: 1970s John Carpenter - can we get him?
The Vibe: Humanity battles to survive in post Judgment Day cities - there was a bit of this in Salvation but not nearly enough.

Director: 1970s John Carpenter - can we get him?
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8:08AM on 04/20/2012
Ben Affleck.
Ben Affleck.
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2:42PM on 04/20/2012
Straight outta left field but, strangely interesting....
Straight outta left field but, strangely interesting....
7:46AM on 04/20/2012
If not Cameron then Ridley Scott.

Why? Would only be fitting. Cameron made a masterpiece sequel to Scott's masterpiece Alien. Maybe Scott can make a masterpiece sequel to The Terminator. Plus they are friends, and I'm sure that they would have some interesting conversations on where the franchise could go.
If not Cameron then Ridley Scott.

Why? Would only be fitting. Cameron made a masterpiece sequel to Scott's masterpiece Alien. Maybe Scott can make a masterpiece sequel to The Terminator. Plus they are friends, and I'm sure that they would have some interesting conversations on where the franchise could go.
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7:23AM on 04/20/2012
T-800 should go back into the 1800's to try and kill John Conner's great grandmother but befriends a AWOL confederate solider with a morality conflict (Johnny Depp) who teaches the T-800 that he is a slave to Cyberbyne and should be free. The solider ultimately falls in love with the great grandmother. David Lynch could direct.

You could also throw something in that takes place underwater to further pacify Cameron.
T-800 should go back into the 1800's to try and kill John Conner's great grandmother but befriends a AWOL confederate solider with a morality conflict (Johnny Depp) who teaches the T-800 that he is a slave to Cyberbyne and should be free. The solider ultimately falls in love with the great grandmother. David Lynch could direct.

You could also throw something in that takes place underwater to further pacify Cameron.
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6:49AM on 04/20/2012
Michael Mann. Story should be about John Conner (Bale) and Kyle Reese (Not Yelchin) fighting a losing war but Conner figures out a way to finally win and also finds out that Skynet can time travel. He tells the resistance what needs to be done. They hijack some of the time travel technology and Skynet unleashes the T-800's. Too late to stop the T-800 (Ahnolds likeness) from being sent back in time Conner sends Reese to stop him and dies shortly after. Full circle. The franchise can then be
Michael Mann. Story should be about John Conner (Bale) and Kyle Reese (Not Yelchin) fighting a losing war but Conner figures out a way to finally win and also finds out that Skynet can time travel. He tells the resistance what needs to be done. They hijack some of the time travel technology and Skynet unleashes the T-800's. Too late to stop the T-800 (Ahnolds likeness) from being sent back in time Conner sends Reese to stop him and dies shortly after. Full circle. The franchise can then be ended.
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6:40AM on 04/20/2012
Someone who understands the franchise. In preproduction, I thought mcg understood it by the way he talked about it, and then I saw the final product...
They need someone experienced in action and stays true to the mythology and not add in motorbike terminators.
Someone who understands the franchise. In preproduction, I thought mcg understood it by the way he talked about it, and then I saw the final product...
They need someone experienced in action and stays true to the mythology and not add in motorbike terminators.
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5:33AM on 04/20/2012
James Cameron
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5:08AM on 04/20/2012
Michael Bay better stay the fuck away!!!! and George Lucas.

For me it would have to be Ridgley Scott. His grasp on SCI-FI and his ability to create a totally believable world means he gets my vote.
Michael Bay better stay the fuck away!!!! and George Lucas.

For me it would have to be Ridgley Scott. His grasp on SCI-FI and his ability to create a totally believable world means he gets my vote.
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1:04PM on 04/20/2012
Lucas directing someone else's franchise might be interesting.
Lucas directing someone else's franchise might be interesting.
4:40AM on 04/20/2012
Duncan Jones dats it. Source Code was pretty damn good.
Duncan Jones dats it. Source Code was pretty damn good.
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4:07AM on 04/20/2012

Peter Berg

Or Drew Goddard
Or Drew Goddard
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3:29AM on 04/20/2012
David Twohy, the guy who did the Riddick movies.
David Twohy, the guy who did the Riddick movies.
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3:09AM on 04/20/2012
Alex Proyas..He hasn't done anything for awhile.
Alex Proyas..He hasn't done anything for awhile.
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3:09AM on 04/20/2012
Tyler Perry.
Tyler Perry.
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2:39AM on 04/20/2012
Quentin Tarantino! LOL! Just Kidding. How crazy a movie would that be? LOL! Not really sure who should direct it, but my vote will always be James Cameron!
Quentin Tarantino! LOL! Just Kidding. How crazy a movie would that be? LOL! Not really sure who should direct it, but my vote will always be James Cameron!
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2:39AM on 04/20/2012
I likewhat Nimrod Antal did with Arnies other franchise Predators, so thats my two bits.
I likewhat Nimrod Antal did with Arnies other franchise Predators, so thats my two bits.
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2:03AM on 04/20/2012
Blomkamp. Duncan Jones and Cuaron would be good too. Or none.
Blomkamp. Duncan Jones and Cuaron would be good too. Or none.
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2:01AM on 04/20/2012
Why not James Cameron's ex, Kathryn Bigelow?
Why not James Cameron's ex, Kathryn Bigelow?
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2:00AM on 04/20/2012
Alfonso Cuaron/ Duncan Jones/ Neil Blomkamp/ James Cameron/ Ridley Scott
Alfonso Cuaron/ Duncan Jones/ Neil Blomkamp/ James Cameron/ Ridley Scott
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1:46AM on 04/20/2012

Cameron

James Cameron. He seems to the only one to understand this franchise.
James Cameron. He seems to the only one to understand this franchise.
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1:41AM on 04/20/2012
Duncan Jones and Neil Blomkamp are interesting, exciting directors but they're a little too serious for Terminator. I think it should be someone like....I dunno who, actually. I'm blanking.
Duncan Jones and Neil Blomkamp are interesting, exciting directors but they're a little too serious for Terminator. I think it should be someone like....I dunno who, actually. I'm blanking.
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1:34AM on 04/20/2012

Brad Bird

Time to hand over another franchise to Brad Bird and see what he can do with it. I'd be surprised if he didn't hit it out of the park.
Time to hand over another franchise to Brad Bird and see what he can do with it. I'd be surprised if he didn't hit it out of the park.
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