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The Reason You Can Say ‘Hasta La Vista’ To The Original T2

News broke yesterday that James Cameron is bringing Terminator 2: Judgment Day back to theatres next year in digitally remastered 3D. Some fans might dismiss this as an unnecessary cash grab, but it should be noted that (a) 3D guru Cameron was instrumental in resurrecting the format and (b) the 2012 re-release of Titanic has been praised as one of the best 3D conversions to date. While re-releases rarely find a substantial audience, there’s a simple reason Cameron and company are willing to re-invest in T2: China.

During its original theatrical run, Terminator 2 bypassed China, a country that recently established itself as home to the franchise’s most substantial audience. Earlier this year, Terminator: Genisys grossed $112.8 million in China alone, $23 million more than it made in North America. Even before that happened, Cameron predicted that the country’s troubled history with T2 would make a 3D re-release viable. “That alone might justify the cost of a conversion, which might be 6 or 7 million dollars,” he said last year. “And then a 3D re-release might attract some eyeballs in North American and Europe.”

As it turns out, that’s not the only reason to celebrate this re-release. “Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Terminator 2 and that seemed like the perfect time to bring it back,” Cameron explained earlier this week. “If you’ve never seen it, this’ll be the version you want to see and remember.”