Why was 'Terminator Genisys' spelled with a 'Y'?

Still wondering why the "Terminator Genisys" title had an oddly spelled version of "genesis" in the title? Well, wonder no more, we've got the answer. And it's not a typo. Mild movie spoilers ahead. 

The mystery was solved during an Imax preview screening with Hero Complex on June 29 at AMC Century City and Imax in Los Angeles. After the special early screening of "Terminator Genisys," the crowd was joined by actor Jai Courtney and producers Dana Goldberg and David Ellison. 

When the questions were turned over to the audience, one viewer asked why "Terminator Genisys" was spelled in such an odd manner. Turns out, there was a reason behind the madness. And it wasn't just to introduce the new Skynet-meets-Apple-cloud network the movie created in its new alternate timeline. There were deeper meanings at hand, but alas, they did not get across. 

Producer Ellison responded honestly (in the top clip). “It didn’t work," Ellison said. "The actual thought process behind it was, we were kind of playing on words a la Google. And it’s in reference to genesis, which is in reference to the singularity and the man-machine hybrid that John Connor ends up beginning. Also, if you pronounce it a different way it signals a new beginning. So it was kind of a play on words and it did not come across that way."

So if that title has been bugging you since the announcement, now you know. 

Check out the video clips with additional moments from the Q&A in the above gallery. "Terminator Genisys" is in theaters now. 

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