Terminator 2: 3D confirmed for 2017 release

The movie made over half a billion dollars in it’s first theatrical run in 1991

By Jay Hunter – James Cameron has always been a director at the fore of movie making pioneering. The Abyss, Titanic & Avatar all changed the way we watch movies in one way or another, but arguably cinema has never felt quite a tectonic shift in technology than it has with 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

However, James Cameron looks set to revisit the classic with some new technology in the form of Terminator 2: 3D. As stated by the movies official Facebook page this week

Terminator 2: 3D will be released in cinemas next year Terminator 2: 3D will be released in cinemas next year

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.

Director, James Cameron had this to say on the movies re-release, “If you’ve never seen it, this’ll be the version you want to see and remember.” Whilst 3D still has plenty of critics (especially in re-release cash in’s) it’s worth remembering that no one has ever done 3D quite like Cameron. Whilst narratively, Avatar may have been a lacklustre movie, there’s no denying it’s spectacle, not forgetting the always fun Terminator 2: 3D show in Universal Studios.

Speaking back at 2014’s Hero Complex Film Festival, Cameron also discussed the possibility of a 3D conversion of the first Terminator movie, stating:

Terminator 1 I don’t think so because 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.

But Terminator 2 is a more polished film and, I think, it 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.

Related – 25 things you didn’t know about James Cameron’s movies

Source – Collider

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