Looks like we’re getting a 3D re-release of James Cameron’s seminal sci-fi spectacle Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Fans will get to see this 1991 classic in a whole new dimension sometime in 2017. The announcement poster came via Terminator 2‘s official Facebook page. A quick description was tagged to the new poster:
August 29th 1997: The day Skynet first became self aware.
August 29th 2016: the day you first saw the brand new poster for Terminator 2 in 3D.
Coming to theaters in 2017.
Cameron and Co. are collaborating with Studiocanal and DMG Entertainment on the project, and DMG’s Chinese branch; all of whom are working with the China Film Group on this new Terminator 2 upgrade project. Very fitting considering T2 never had a theatrical release in China 25 years ago.
Cameron himself stated back in 2014 why it would be a good idea to re-release Terminator 2: Judgement Day in China alone:
“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 America and Europe and then the Chinese release, which would be the first release on the big screen, might pay for it. I’m just using that as an example. I’m just saying we’re not ruling it out. We’re looking at it.”
It’s hard to argue with him. Warcraft made a considerable precedence by grossing over $300 million dollars in China while tanking completely in North America. We’ll start to see a trend of films that target China as a new box office champion and taste-maker. At least Terminator 2: Judgement Day is a damn good movie so no harm in getting as many people out and seeing it either for the first time or fiftieth.
Supervising and producing the conversion will be Studiocanal and DMG Entertainment, who digitally remastered the 3D re-release, utilizing some of the newest and best technology available from StereoD, the company that worked on Avatar, Jurassic Park 3D, and Titanic in 3D.
Cameron has experienced success with converting his classics to 3D before. The 3D re-release of Titanic back in 2012 grossed $343 million worldwide, the bulk of that made internationally.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D opens in theaters in 2017.
Images: StudioCanal, TriStar PicturesÂ