Terminator Two: Judgment Day is one of the films so deeply rooted in science fiction lore, that I don’t think it could possibly be made better.
I saw that film dozens upon dozens of times during my childhood, and I know that film extremely well. So, when I heard that someone has re-written the entire script for T2 as if William Shakespeare had written it, I was notably suspicious.
According to TheMarySue.com, a small and independent theater company based out of Nashville, Tennessee decided to undertake the task, and hope to raise $3,000 to actually perform it.
Each line and phrase is taken directly from folios printed by or before 1685, and many extended sections of dialogue are composed of individual lines from separate works. Only proper nouns and pronouns were subject to change, as dictated by the plot.
[Y]ou’d be amazed by how perfectly the themes so pervasive in Shakespeare’s plays lend themselves to the story of the Terminator: horrific prophecies, charges of madness, the terror of an implacable enemy, the fierceness of a mother’s love for her son. While it’s loaded with outrageous action sequences, one-liners and comic moments (which we’ve worked hard to honor), Terminator 2 is a theme-driven film that invests heavily in its main characters. In our reworking, we were continually struck by extended passages from Shakespeare that seemed as though they could have been written specifically with these late 20th century characters in mind.
Here is a sample of one of the script pages, more of which will be released on this page in the coming weeks.
What do you think of this extremely interesting idea? Would you donate money to help them perform it?
If so, you can find all the information on their Kickstarter page.