James Cameron and company recently announced the long-rumored 3D conversion of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” would hit theaters just in time to celebrate -- or mourn, depending on whether or not you are pro-killer-robot-armies -- the twentieth anniversary of Skynet becoming self-aware. That self-awareness date, as revealed in the classic 1991 film, was August 29, 1997. Yep, the twentieth anniversary of that date is approaching fast.
Now, the powers-that-be released a new movie poster via Facebook. The glossy image features franchise superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger in all his beefy T-800 glory, strapped with his trademark shotgun and explosives used to dispatch the villainous T-1000. Appropriately, poster was revealed 19 years after the fictional Judgement Day and presumably a year ahead of the 3D re-release. Check out the image below, and try not to get too excited.
Released back in 1991 and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick and Edward Furlong, “T2” centers on a reprogrammed assassin robot, the T-800, sent back in time to stop its more advanced model from killing a teenage John Connor. That teen, played by Furlong, would go on to lead the resistance against Skynet, a lethal AI system bent on destroying humanity.
The film became an instant blockbuster success, quickly raking in over half a billion dollars at the box office. The sequel to Cameron’s classic 1984 film “The Terminator” still tops many fans’ lists as one of the greatest action movies of all time, as well as the best in the film series. Three sequels would follow in the subsequent years to diminishing critical and financial success each time, but if the sci-fi franchise has taught us anything, it’s that it’s better to focus on the good parts of the past instead of trying to change it.
"Terminator 2 in 3D" will be released sometime next year, presumably sometime around August 29 -- and whenever Cameron takes a break from planning his multiple “Avatar” sequels.