Originally it looked as if Terminator Genisys was a flop, at least until it opened in China. It was huge. Like Terminator 2: Judgement Day huge. It not only saved the franchise, setting up another sequel, but now there are plans for a re-release of the aforementioned T2.
It’s a cash-grab, which means James Cameron is on board.
Cameron is overseeing a 3-D conversion of his 1991 Terminator 2, which made over $500 million worldwide in its release.
The conversion is to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, next year, and will be released worldwide. Cameron, who gave verbal praise of the awful Terminator Genisys, and is lost in his high-tech future of Avatar, clearly doesn’t care that a 3-D conversion is a complete rip-off. With that said, if re-releasing T2 in theaters as a gimmick gets a new generation of moviegoers to actually sit down and watch it, I guess I’ll look the other way. But let’s be smart here, there’s no way to take a flat image and convert it into multiple dimensions…unless.
This has me thinking – at the time T2 featured some revolutionary digital effects, which are now pretty dated. Digital effects can be re-created and thus rendered into 3-D. Could Cameron be updating the effects to give it a 3-D spin? Layering flickering fire and ash so that it pops out is just a bullshit way of making it look 3-dimensional. So, again, this is either a bullshit cash-grab or something more interesting. If I’m a betting man, I’d go with the former.
Here are some quotes from Cameron and co.:
“Next year marks the 25th anniversary of ‘Terminator 2’ and that seemed like the perfect time to bring it back but this time in an all-new 3D version,” said Cameron.
He added: “If you’ve never seen it, this’ll be the version you want to see and remember.”
“For a whole new generation of fans, it is truly a chance to see the movie that really set the bar for action and effects that all the movies today are trying to top, in a completely new way — in the theater and in 3D,” said DMG CEO Dan Mintz, adding: “We are committed to making the conversion the highest quality in order to live up to the expectations of the film’s many fans around the world.”
As annoying as the idea of a 3-D conversion is, I will say I had a really good time watch Universal’s Jurassic Park 3-D re-release. It’s not something I can stand here and give approval to, but it’s also not the end of the world. There’s worse stuff going on, like the idea that Jai Courtney could be starring in, well, anything.