Since Terminator: Genisys failed to set the box office on fire, Hollywood is turning to a proven commodity in the Terminator franchise. That’s right — Judgment Day is coming back to the big screen.
Thanks to deal between DMG Entertainment and Studiocanal, James Cameron’s sci-fi classic is getting another shot at big-screen glory a couple decades after its initial debut. Cameron has signed on to personally oversee the 3D conversion and remastering, though it’ll be interesting to see how they pull this off. Converting a film to 3D in post-production is one thing. Doing it with a movie that’s a few decades old, and was absolutely not shot with 3D in mind? That's another.
Regardless, the remastering should be a welcome addition. The studios are hoping to have the film ready for a worldwide theatrical rerelease in 2016.
“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,” Cameron said. “If you’ve never seen it, this’ll be the version you want to see and remember.”
Weirdly enough, we have China to thank for the project, because the country apparently just can’t get enough of those human-killing robots. The so-so Genisys was a bona fide hit in China, grossing $112.8 million (well above the $89.7 million haul from the U.S.). Since Terminator 2 never received a theatrical release in China, the studio is thinking it’ll be a sure-fire hit there, and then anything else is just gravy.
In case you need a refresher, Terminator 2 was the biggest film of 1991, grossing $204.8 million in North America and another $315 million globally. It also won four Academy Awards. So yeah, it's still an awesome movie, and it holds up very well today. Cash-in or not, we're psyched at the prospect of seeing this one on the big screen once again.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)