“The way it was always meant to be seen!” is what they’ll say.
James Cameron’s iconic, perfect, and timeless masterpiece, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, was converted to 3-D specifically to cash in on the international success of Terminator: Genisys. Being that this new version of the film exists, it makes sense for it to find a release here in the States. Distrib Films will do so on August 25th.
Back in June 2014 Cameron explained why he would not be converting the first Terminator, but would convert the sequel:
“You could upgrade it to 3D but it’s still pretty gritty, available light photography, low budget filmmaking. We’d spend more converting it to 3D than we spent on the movie. That feels a little imbalanced to me.”
“[TERMINATOR 2] has a kind of timeless appeal. If there was someone who was interested in doing that, and we could make a good case for the business model like, perhaps let’s say, it’s never been on screens in China which in the next few years is about to become the biggest market for films worldwide. That alone might justify the cost of a conversion which might be 6 or 7 million dollars. And then a 3D re-release might attract some eyeballs in North American and Europe and then the Chinese release, which would be the first release on the big screen, might pay for it.”
Notice that he never talks about the actual quality of the 3-D conversion, only that it makes business sense. I’m excited that, at the very least, a new generation of moviegoers will be able to experience Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finest on the big screen.
In the sequel, a cyborg (Schwarzenegger), identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), must now protect her young son, John Connor (Edward Furlong), from a more advanced cyborg (Robert Patrick), made out of liquid metal.
Last month is was reported that Cameron was returning to oversee the next Terminator movie with Deadpool’s Tim Miller directing. Cameron will regain certain rights to Terminator in 2019.