For true keepers of the Terminator faith, there's only ever been two films in the series: James Cameron's 1984 original, and its blockbuster sequel, 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day. But according to The Hollywood Reporter that's about to become 2.5, with James Cameron preparing a 3D version of his sequel that will be released theatrically in 2016. According to the report, Studiocanal and DMG Entertainment are behind the effort, and are planning to release the new version worldwide, with China seen as the biggest potential market.
Terminator 2 — or T2, as it was affectionally known — flipped the original film's formula on its head, with Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a cyborg that had come back in time to actually protect the future savior of humanity, John Connor. The villain was the T-1000, a shapeshifting liquid metal creature played by Robert Patrick, that established a new benchmark in computer-driven special effects as the creature morphed, twisted, and changed shape. It also was the first film to introduce the now-familiar Terminator trope of "stoic robots trying to smile for comic relief," whose historic influence is probably better left unexamined for now, lest we all realize that maybe T2 wasn't as awesome as it seemed at the time.
"This is the version you'll want to see and remember."
"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 in a statement. "If you've never seen it, this'll be the version you want to see and remember."
While Cameron has always been an enthusiastic supporter of 3D, the idea that this will becomes the "definitive" version of the film is certainly suspect. Movies from Titanic to Jurassic Park have received after-the-fact 3D conversions and releases, and while they've certainly offered audiences the chance to see favorite films in a new way — and make everybody involved a little more money — in no case have they replaced the original versions in the minds of audiences. On the other hand, it will allow people to buy tickets for something called T2:3D, which is a win in its own right.