James Cameron Says Terminator 2 Could Get A 3D Conversion

By Brent McKnight | 7 years ago

Terminator 2If you didn’t know that James Cameron has an affinity for 3D, you haven’t been paying attention. The man loves that shit, even releasing documentaries shot in a way that tries to completely immerse you in new worlds. He’s converted some of his non-3D movies, like Titanic, and it looks like another one could follow a similar path before too long. According to the filmmaker, his Terminator 2: Judgment Day could get the same treatment at some point. We also have a video of filmmaker Max Landis on a tirade about how much he loves Cameron’s original Terminator.

Over the weekend, Cameron appeared at the Hero Complex Film Festival in Los Angeles for a screening. That would have been fun to be at. The subject of converting the Terminator films came up, and though he wasn’t too stoked on the idea of subjecting Terminator to that process—he remarked that the conversion would cost as much as filming the movie did—the sequel was a different story.

Here’s what he had to say on the matter:

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.

I’m just using that as an example. I’m just saying we’re not ruling it out. We’re looking at it.

While this isn’t something that sounds imminent, the phrase, “we’re looking at it,” makes it sound like this is possible. This isn’t just a question that someone lobbed at him out of the blue, you get the distinct impression that he is legitimately exploring 3D as a viable option. He’s even obviously played with the numbers to an extent. Would you pay money to see Terminator 2 in 3D? Hell, I’d pay money just to see in on the big screen again, 3D or no.

Terminator 2 is one of the best action movies ever made, but you know what else falls into that same category? That’s right, the original 1984 Terminator. Max Landis (Chronicle) took some time off from filming his directorial debut Me Him Her, to join Joe Dante (Gremlins, among many, many others) on Trailers From Hell, to talk about his love for the film. And he most certainly has a great affection for this movie. As he expounds—it’s really more of a rant—on the many elements that make this such a great movie, it’s hard not to get picked up and carried away by his enthusiasm. If you watch this four-minute video, there will be at least a few of you who will pop in your copy of Terminator right away, and that’s always a good decision.