DMG Entertainment, StudioCanal and James Cameron are excited to announce a new partnership to produce a special 3D re-release of the action classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day, considered one of the greatest sci-fi films ever, as well as one of the top movie sequels of all time. DMG and StudioCanal will work with Cameron to supervise/produce the digitally re-mastered 3D conversion using the latest technology from StereoD. DMG has deep experience producing globally appealing content, including Hollywood films Iron Man 3, Looper, the vast Valiant comic book universe and Point Break, in theaters now in China and select Asian markets.
Terminator 2 is a key asset in StudioCanal's film catalogue, one of the largest and most extensive in the world, with more than 5,000 international titles. Over the past 15 years, the first two installments of the Terminator franchise have grossed more than $10 million in licensing and royalties revenues. Here's what Dan Mintz, CEO of DMG Entertainment, had to say in a statement.
"T2 blew me away when I first saw it. For a whole new generation of fans, it is truly a chance to see the movie that really set the bar for action and effects that all the movies today are trying to top, in a completely new way - in the theater and in 3D."
One of the most expensive movies ever shot, T2 has thrilled audiences around the world for over two decades, but whole generations of fans have only seen it on DVD. For instance, in China, T2 is a very popular film in spite of never having had a theatrical release. Bringing new fans into the fold and giving them the best movie-going experience was something that James Cameron was eager to rectify with the 3D re-release. Here's what the director had to say in his statement.
"I'm very excited about working with DMG and StudioCanal to bring T2 into cinemas in 3D for the first time. 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. If you've never seen it, this'll be the version you want to see and remember."
T2 3D will be released to audiences worldwide sometime in 2016, starting in China where 3D movies regularly out earn 2D films. Terminator 2 is expected to follow in the footsteps of Titanic 3D, which made a whopping $343 million worldwide in 2012, on top of the $2.1 billion it made during its initial run 15 years earlier. Here's what Rodolphe Buet, President International distribution and marketing, StudioCanal, had to say in his statement.
"Terminator 2 holds a special place as one of the most popular and sought-after movies in our catalogue. We are very excited to be teaming up with DMG and James Cameron to breathe new life into T2 and bring it in 3D to cinema-goers in China. This is consistent with our long-standing policy of carefully curating the over 5,000 titles of our masterpiece-filled catalogue and releasing them to new audiences in partnership with the greatest talents in the industry."
Released in 1991, Terminator 2: Judgment Day wowed audiences with it's exhilarating non-stop action and revolutionary visual effects, including several breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery - the first use of natural human motion for a computer-generated character and the first partially computer-generated main character. A critical and commercial success, T2 won four Academy Awards and was the highest-grossing film of 1991. The American Film Institute ranks T2 as one of the greatest action films, science fiction films and sequels of all time. Here's what DMG's Dan Mintz had to say in his statement.
"DMG is proud to bring the best entertainment to audiences everywhere and teaming with someone like Jim [Cameron] enabled us to do that with T2 3D. We are committed to making the conversion the highest quality in order to live up to the expectations of the film's many fans around the world."
Next summer, audiences around the world will get a chance to see the biggest, baddest version of in immersive 3D. Terminator 2: Judgment Day earned $204.8 million at the domestic box office and $519.8 million worldwide during its theatrical run in 1991. Will you be visiting your local theater next summer to watch Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on the 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.