More than 25 years after it exploded into theaters, James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day is returning to the big screen. The original arrived nearly seven years after The Terminator became a breakout hit in the fall of 1984 and followed Cameron’s subsequent success with Aliens and the box office disappointment of The Abyss.
The big-budget sequel became the top-grossing movie of the year at the box office and remains a popular favorite. Back in December 2015, we heard the movie will return to theaters in a digitally remastered 3D release; it’s understood that China is a primary target for the rerelease since the blockbuster sequel never got a theatrical release there.
Now the U.S. release date has been set for August 25, per Deadline. This follows the news last month that Cameron is making plans for a new installment in the Terminator series, with Tim Miller (Deadpool) under consideration to direct.
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The sci-fi short film Rise will be made into a feature-length movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original was directed by David Karlak and written by Karlak and the team of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who wrote several entries in the Saw horror franchise.
The story was set in a dystopian future in which a war is ongoing between man and machine, the latter powered by artificial intelligence. Anton Yelchin starred. Karlak is attached to direct what is envisioned as a franchise starter.
Variety reports The Book of Joan, a forthcoming sci-fi novel by Lidia Yuknavitch, will serve as the basis for a big-screen version. Inspired by the 15th-century historical figure, the novel is set “in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence and greed. A group of rebels unites to dismantle the iron rule of a dictator, galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child warrior who possesses a mysterious force.”
The story has fascinated filmmakers for more than a century; Georges Melies made a short film in 1900. Luc Besson directed The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, starring Milla Jovovich, in 1999 (above). The Book of Joan will be published on April 18.