Director James Cameron is bringing Terminator 2: Judgment Day back to theatres, and he said he hopes it will make moviegoers aware that yesterday's nightmares haven't gone away.
Cameron converted the 26-year-old, 2D Judgment Day into 3D. The new version will hit movie theatres 24 August.
The film follows one robot with artificial intelligence that battles another to stop nuclear annihilation.Cameron called the film more timely than ever. It arrives just as escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions dominate headlines.
"People haven't been thinking about the fact that the nuclear weapons never really went away," the Oscar winner noted.
"All those subs are still out there in the ocean pointed at the opposite guy, so that potential for a really bad day has been here the whole time, talking about the Cold War being over," he said.
Cameron grew up during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He still remembers his parents' reactions to the looming international nuclear threat.
"Like, why are the adults acting so sketchy? Why is my dad building a bomb shelter? I don't think he actually built it, but he had little pamphlets on you would do it if you needed to," Cameron said.
The 62-year-old Cameron said he was spooked by the Cuban Missile Crisis. It had always bothered him as a kid. "So, I tend to be kind of an apocalyptic kind of guy," Cameron said. "I look at all the worst case outcomes."
A sequel to the 1984 original, Terminator 2: Judgment Day starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton and Robert Patrick. It followed Sarah Connor and her 10-year-old son John fleeing an advanced shapeshifting Terminator sent back in time to kill them.
Schwarzenegger's less advanced Terminator was also sent back in time to protect the pair. The film featured a scene in which Sarah Connor imagines a nuclear blast consuming Los Angeles.