James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels, His Plan for ALIEN 5, PROMETHEUS, the TERMINATOR Reboot, BATTLE ANGEL, CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, and More

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Though filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are widely considered some of the most popular directors of all time, James Cameron has the distinct honor of directing the two highest grossing films ever made in addition to helming films in two other incredibly successful (and ongoing) franchises.  Fans had to wait over a decade for the follow-up to Cameron’s mega-hit Titanic, the performance-capture-heavy Avatar, and we’re currently in another waiting stage as we prepare for the long-promised Avatar sequels.

Cameron is deep in pre-production on Avatar 2, 3, and 4 right now with production set to get underway on all three films simultaneously later this year, but he recently took some time out of his schedule to participate in a fascinating and characteristically candid Reddit AMA in support of his upcoming Showtime docu-series Years of Living Dangerously.  In the lengthy AMA, the director discussed the status of the Avatar sequels, his initial plan for Alien 5, his thoughts on Prometheus and the Terminator reboot, the status of Battle Angel, what he thought about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and even his South Park “appearance”.  We’ve compiled some of the more interesting highlights after the jump.

james-cameron-avatar-sequelsOf course everyone is probably most curious about the Avatar sequels, and during the Reddit AMA James Cameron offered a status update on the films:

The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They’re essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.

20th Century Fox has already announced 2016, 2017, and 2018 release dates for the follow-ups, so it finally looks like the Avatar sequels are coming to fruition.

Cameron was also asked why he decided to make more Avatar sequels instead of moving onto something else, like the long-promised Battle Angel, and he replied by saying he was mostly motivated by how audiences responded to the eco-friendly message of the film:

My intention when I made Avatar was to do Battle Angel next. However, the positive feedback for Avatar and the support of the message of Avatar, encouraged me to do more of those films.

For me, the success was a factor because I was encouraged by the fact that an environmental film, or a film about nature, could be successful. It’s certainly not just about money. I’m considering success to mean the measure of the ability of the film to communicate. Every director wants their film to communicate. The biggest factor, however, is the drive to continue developing the world– more characters, more creatures with unfettered creativity.

avatar-sequels-2-3-4The filmmaker also looked back on the making of Avatar, revealing that it was the editing process and not the production that was the most difficult to navigate:

When we were making Avatar, when we started it, we naturally assumed it would be somewhat successful because it had the elements people like, you know, fantastic environments and good characters and a love story. But then as we got deeper into the production, and it became one of the highest costing films of all time, there was genuine concern that it would never break even, that it would never make money. And we had a very difficult post production, because the film was too long and I wound up editing the film for over a year, and we took out about 45 minutes of film. And I think at the moment we released the film, we still believed it was too long. Once it came out, it was clear the film for most viewers was too short, they wanted more of that world.

prometheus-james-cameronHaving helmed the excellent Aliens, Cameron was asked about his thoughts on the prequel Prometheus.  Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t hesitant to reveal his issue with the pic:

Interesting. I thought it was an interesting film. I thought it was thought provoking and beautifully, visually mounted, but at the end of the day it didn’t add up logically. But I enjoyed it, and I’m glad it was made. I liked it better than the previous two Alien sequels.

The filmmaker confirmed that he did indeed discuss collaborating with Ridley Scott on a proposed Alien 5, but it dematerialized after Fox moved forward with Aliens vs. Predators:

[Fox and I] never talked about Alien 3. I don’t remember the timing exactly, but I might have been making The Abyss at that time, also for Fox. What came up was the idea of doing Alien 5, and at one point I pitched that I would write it and produce it, and Ridley would direct it, and we had lunch talking about this, and we were in violent agreement, then nothing happened. What happened was Fox went ahead with Aliens vs. Predator, and I said “I really don’t recommend that, you’ll ruin the franchise, it’s like Universal doing Dracula versus the Werewolf,” and then I lost interest in doing an Alien film. But Prometheus is seen as the A-level Alien, as opposed to rather, the derivative. I don’t think I have anything to offer on the Prometheus sequels, that’s Ridley’s, I think I’ll stick to the Avatar universe.

terminator-2-arnold-schwarzeneggerThough Cameron entered a fully realized Alien universe to helm Aliens, the Terminator franchise was his baby.  With Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor gearing up to begin production on the new reboot Terminator: Genesis, Cameron was asked about his thoughts on the new film and the franchise as a whole:

Well, I have to be objective, or as objective as possible about that. I’m not big fans of the films, I think that the big ideas of the first movies – I didn’t make the second film until I had an idea as big as the first film, and it had to do with the moral complexity of the story, and asking the audience by the end of the film to cry for a Terminator. I don’t think that the 3rd or 4th film lived up to that potential. Sarah Connor Chronicles I never really watched much of it, so I never gave it a chance I get to get hooked, like you have to with a TV series. I’m hopeful that the new films, which are being made right now as a reboot, but still involving Arnold [Schwarzenegger], will be good. From what I’ve seen from afar, it looks like they will be quite good.

avatar-sequels-james-cameronCameron also offered his thoughts on recent films, expectedly pegging Gravity as his favorite pic of 2013 but also singling out Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a recent film he enjoyed:

This year, 2014, I haven’t seen that much that inspired me yet. My favorite film of last year, hands down, was Gravity, and I was hoping it would win best picture, but certainly happy that my friend Alfonso Cuaron won best director. I did think that this new Captain America was an interesting film for its genre, in that it tackled this idea of digital surveillance and the kind of dark side of our hyperconnected society.

Cameron is certainly in tune with recent advances in technology, and he offered his thoughts on the future of the movies and what he’d like to see done differently in the presentation of film:

48 fps to me is not a format, it’s a tool, like music it’s good to use sparingly and in the right spot. I believe all movies should be made in 3D, forever, but the projection needs to be better, and brighter. I want people to see in the movie theaters what I am seeing in my perfectly calibrated screening room, and people aren’t seeing that. Larger formats. I’d love to see screens get bigger. In terms of storytelling, I’d like to see Hollywood embrace the caliber of writing in feature films that we’re currently seeing in the series on television – more emphasis on character, and less on explosions and pyrotechnics. And I’m talking the big tentpole movies, I think they’re obnoxiously loud and fast… Not that I don’t like loud fast scenes, I just don’t like whole movies that are that way!

titanic-james-cameronOf course someone mentioned the whole floating door debacle from Titanic, and Cameron still defends poor Jack’s decision:

Mythbusters did an episode about this and proved that two people could have floated on the door in such a way that both could have survived, but it involved using both of their floatation vests rigged under the door in such a way that they wouldn’t detach. What they neglected to incorporate was the amount of time that they would have had to spend submerged in 28 degree water to attach them that way. Also, Jack is a 19 year old guy processing a problem in real time, in water, at night, and already hypothermic, so that’s a lot to ask of him.

Cameron even addressed his “appearance” on South Park:

It’s funny. It’s like they were actually on the expedition, except I didn’t actually make the crew sing a song about me.

Head over to Reddit to read the full AMA, which includes more of Cameron’s fascinating thoughts on climate change, veganism, and his Entourage cameos.

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  • Underground Anthem TX

    While I’m not seeing any comments posted yet, I’m expecting the typical onslaught of James Cameron-haters any moment to trash this great filmmaker. Before you write-off Avatar sequels, remember this is the guy that gave us probably 2 of the greatest action movie sequels of all time. Any time Cameron decides to release a movie, I’ll be there.

    • Lovecraftlives

      Yes, liked everything he said in this interview, and you can bet there will be negative comments. What can I say? I have liked everything he has done. Maybe, True Lies was my least favorite, but I can see get some enjoyment out of it. Shit man, Avatar and the Battle Angel: It doesn’t get any better than that!

      • Underground Anthem TX

        Totally agreed about the interview, asimovlives– I also loved his take on why he thinks Avatar was successful (the emphasis on environment and character), his thoughts on other franchises and recent films, etc. The guy is always an interesting interview, because he’s straight-up honest. He’s a visionary and a risk-taker, and I always welcome that in a filmmaker, no matter how big or small the budget or gross.

    • Bo

      Yea, I agree. Cameron is really a genius when it comes to making films. I just watched Aliens again last night and it’s really amazing what he did. These so-called haters are sure entitled to their opinions, but if you read what they say it’s obvious they can’t tell poop from wild honey. I mean, some guy below compared him to Michael Bay? That’s very indicative of the level of intelligence working there and the distorted perceptions being revealed. I, of course, could care less what they think as they are so unconvincing and silly I kind of shake my head and chuckle at them….to me they are like kids throwing sand at each other in the grade school playground sandbox.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        Completely agreed Bo! I can understand his movies not being everyone’s cup of tea– everyone’s got their own opinions, that’s what makes ‘Murica so great. But the vitriol slung at this guy, in light of what he’s accomplished in this industry, is ridiculous and just reeks of jealousy or something.

      • Bo

        Or something. How can a fanboy not making movies be jealous? Weird, eh? I think just ignorance and a lack of intelligence because as you stated about what Cameron has accomplished in this industry is beyond question. He’s also a visionary, doing stuff no one has done before, and some people are not intelligent enough to see and understand that.

  • ShpotSb

    Dude is a legend.

  • habb

    I like Cameron. Its cool how openly he talks about this stuff.
    It gives us a look behind the scenes.

    • etguild2

      Yes. Most filmmakers either wouldn’t say anything at all, or hedge like Bryan Singer on X3: “Not what I would have done, but I liked a lot of it.” Cameron lays it out there, even the aspects of “Prometheus” that didn’t work for him.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Singer was going to do that anyway; he left during production. Bailed and left Ratner to steer a sinking ship.

  • http://badmoviegreatscene.wordpress.com/ Bad Movie Great Scene

    James Cameron is a genius. The main reason haters hate him is his huge success.

    • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

      anyone who says “genius” regarding Cameron needs their brain examined, success with mediocre movies makes you a genius? … ok then.

      • doc

        Aliens, The Abyss, The Terminator, Terminator 2, Titanic, yes those are all mediocre. Even if you don’t like Avatar it did raise the bar for visual effects and made 3D actually look really good.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Genius.

      • Fabdex

        If mediocrity made you a genius… then Adam Cross is probably a genius. Or maybe he just doesn’t know shit about movies.

    • Me

      No, we hate him because he is a egotistical jerk. Just read that interview, it’s flowing with pretentiousness. Yes, Aliens, Terminator 1 and 2 were awesome movies, and Ghosts of the Abyss was thoroughly interesting. But True Lies is one of the most incoherent and stupid movies I have ever seen, and Avatar and Titanic are two of the most pretentious movies I’ve ever seen.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        *Cameron on other directors now using 3D*
        “I’m a big fan of Native 3D done by directors who embrace it
        as an art form, like Ridley, Scorsese, Ang Lee.”

        *On why characters in his movies repeat the line “Go,Go,Go!*
        ”Oh, it must just be the way I talk! In fact i just wrote a scene yesterday where a character says “Go Go Go!” The page is open on my computer right now… I’m going to go change that scene now.”

        *On what he thought of South Park taking a shot at him*
        “It’s funny. It’s like they were actually on the expedition,
        except I didn’t actually make the crew sing a song about me.”

        *On George Lucas congratulating Cameron for the success of
        Titanic*
        “…it was an extremely gracious gesture. I sent him a thank
        you note after.”

        *On being precious with his scripts during production*
        “I may have written it a year earlier, but the real creative
        work is that day, when you’re going to shoot that scene. I love that we find that magic that was not obvious on the page.”

        *On if he thinks he’s responsible for DiCaprio’s career*
        “I think Leonardo, when I cast him in Titanic, he was well on
        his way. I think I helped him skip a rung or two on the ladder maybe, but he certainly would have gotten there on his own because he’s one of the most talented actors of his generation.”

        Yeah, what an egotistical jerk.

      • http://badmoviegreatscene.wordpress.com/ Bad Movie Great Scene

        Cameron works harder than anyone in the business to push the envelope, his passion for movies and the art of making them should be praised even if you don’t like his films. You will see his achievements in many other films, he is such an influential director. So many people in the business who have worked with him call him a genius (even if they don’t like him as a person) so the line of people getting the brain examined will be huge!

      • Spanky

        You know nothing about a person you have never met

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    loll no one cares about your opinion of Prometheus, Cameron, won’t be listening to you until you disown Aliens and state how awful your script was.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      You’re pretty obviously in the minority on this.

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        here on Collider I am for sure, Cameron fans seem to congregate here more than anywhere else :P it does make me laugh how Cameron fans are just baffled that people don’t like him, his writing or his movies in general. I like him for his humanitarian and environmental work – he just needs to stay away from movies, he shovels box office bait no better than Michael Bay in my opinion.

      • Ruprect

        Yah, those of us who like Cameron’s work are REALLY soooo baffled by his internet haters. (eyeroll)

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        well yes, because those who disagree with Cameron fans tend to get called either “haters” or “trolls” or both, instead of simply being seen as people with a different opinion to yours. So, yes, you all seem baffled by the difference of opinion.

      • Ruprect

        Right, there is a difference of opinion. Not about Cameron’s movies, but about what makes an internet hater.

        I really don’t like Micheal Bay movies but have never taken the time or mental effort to track down articles about him and put a comment about how much he sucks as a director.

        If I saw an article where Bay gave an opinion on a film (that someone ASKED him about) it would not even occur to me to put a rebuke (addressed to HIM personally) in the comments section. Someone who WOULD do that kind of thing, as you yourself did to start this thread, is a classic ‘Net hater. And then to feign indignation that someone would respond negatively to your oh-so original sentiment, when we all know that is exactly what you are looking for? Pfft.

        It has nothing to do with being a Cameron fanboy and everything to do with calling you out for what you are … a hater, a provocateur, an attention seeking flamethrower. Pathetic, in other words.

        I’m done with you now. (Drops mic. Walks away)

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        I didn’t track down this article, I’m a regular Collider reader.

        and no, I wouldn’t call disagreeing with someone’s statement or what they’ve said in response to a question “hating” – i’m simply voicing my opinion about him as a director and his voice as someone in the film industry; as much as if I were in favor of what he’s said wouldn’t necessarily make me a “lover” either – like i said I commend his humanitarian and environmental efforts (even though I do think he could do better work and be less of a hypocrite spending those billions of Avatar dollars on environmental work instead of some 2 hour movies) – if I were a “hater” surely I wouldn’t care about anything he does at all, right? that would be more “hater” in my opinion. But what do I know, I guess you’ve got it all figured out.

      • BigJimSlade

        It makes you laugh that people have different opinions than you? Buddy, you desperately need to take a break from the internet.

        You’re the perfect example of why people say “opinions are like assholes”.

      • WockerDaw

        Okay, you can criticize his movies, I think everyone can handle that, but even when you’re not being serious, and you say someone should stop making movies just because you don’t like them…
        Well that shit makes me go into uncontrollable fits of rage and punches…

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        I don’t know that his fans congregate here so much as his fans are everywhere. He probably has more haters here than in the general public. He’s written and directed three sci-fi classics (and I’m not including Avatar in that three), and two all-time top grossing films of all-time.

        I get why you might not like him, but to suggest no one cares about his thoughts on Prometheus or that his fans are the minority is silliness.

        He is going to go down in history as one of the all-time great sci-fi writer/directors, and the majority of people would agree that he should.

        And even if all he does is shovel box office bait, critical reception and box-office receipts make it clear he does it twice as well as Michael Bay.

    • Norrtron

      Well, apparently the interviewer cares about his opinion of Prometheus since he was the one who asked him.

      • Melwing

        It was a Reddit AMA.

      • Norrtron

        The point remains the same.

      • Melwing

        I know, I didn’t intend to argue.

    • BigJimSlade

      “Disown Aliens”?

      That has to be the most rewatched movie (other than The Shining) I’ve cherished in my 40+ years on this planet. Just gets better and better every time I watch it.

    • Smart Ninja

      The Aliens script was awful? Oh dear Lord…You are CLUELESS.

      Disown Aliens? Why would you disown a film whose art design and characterisation (along with Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner) is in the fabric of most sci-fi films, video games and comic books to date?

      I care about his opinion. Because he’s one of the true icons of the genre. Next you’ll be saying you don’t care about Jackie Chan’s opinion on Kung Fu movies!

      Dolt.

  • Thing 1

    “And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.”
    What has this guy been doing the past four years besides making interviews, talking about what he would of done with other movies, and what he’s going to do with these Avatar movies that are never going to happen.

    • Justin

      I’m sorry but guess from your comment, you clearly have never written a FULL LENGTH screenplay. Every good film that has come out in theaters takes a huge amount of time to write the screenplay. But on top of that, he has been writing 3 other screenplays because they are all being shot at the same time. And so what if he is taking his time. I rather have him take as much time as he needs rather than just churning out crap just for the sake of it. If he did that then ppl would jus bash him for only trying to make money.

  • Captain Awesome

    So tired of this jackass talking about how Avatar is the greatest movie ever made, and how the sequels are going to be better.

    • MCP

      This message brought to you by Kleenex brand tissues…

      • anubis22774

        MCP- Hahaha!!! :D

    • Luis Romero

      Avatar is apparently a high gross movie and just that. most people don’t talk about it anymore and don’t need a sequel and don’t talk about it. Avatar is like pop music or one hit wonder is good material but not classic material. James Cameron is good doing “pop movies”.

      • Norrtron

        Most people don’t talk about it anymore? This article has more comments then almost all the other articles put together, and a large number of the comments dealing with Avatar. We’re talking about it right now.

      • Luis Romero

        People who visit this site and others about movies care about movies a lot, but I was talking about everyday people which is more than the people who visits this site. they will be ok without a new movie. Remember the extended edition, it didn’t make to much money.

    • BigJimSlade

      Where does he say Avatar is the greatest movie ever made in the AMA?

  • Dave

    Gravity was fn awful. Avatar was a green nazi propaganda movie. Prometheus was another terrible movie.

    • Norrtron

      So much hate, I imagine you’re one of those people who think 99% of movies “suck”.

    • James

      Gravity was awesome. Dave is likely one of those people who can’t sit still for more than 5 min before their brain gets overheated and they have to reset to something even less thought-provoking. “Dude this movie is so $^@#$% boring! *wiping drool*”

    • WockerDaw

      uh huh. uh huh. uh huh. Sure man, I get what you’re saying…
      (slowly walks away, cautiously)

    • The Flobbit

      Gravity was the most intense and visually stunning film I’ve seen in years.

      Prometheus was gorgeous, compellingly acted, and brimming full of ideas too complex for people like you to comprehend.

      • Displa[er

        You were right about everything, except the last part. The “ideas” in the film were not complex, nor were they even particularly developed for that matter. Perhaps the themes driving the ideas had potential, science and spirituality, our origins, etc. Yet, they remained these very broad, transparent things with no depth or verisimilitude. The overall characterization in the film is similarly lacking, despite ofcourse the capable efforts of the cast. Honestly, the whole thing is almost blatantly derivative of Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness from the early 1900s. Minus Space Jockeys and Theologian Scientists. As much as I like Ridley Scott, he’s always been a visual, tactile director and somewhat at the mercy of the scripts he chooses, and Prometheus being one of his less discerning moments. But holy shit did he bring the art design and visuals! Still, looking forward to Prometheus 2.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      So what do you like?

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  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    I like a lot of this guy’s movies, but he hasn’t made anything decent since True Lies. His last two movies are bloated soap operas that are very full of themselves (kinda like him). Listening to him speak now is nauseating. When he comes out and declares his opinions on random movies, he acts like Zeus coming down from Mt. Olympus to bless us all with his wisdom.

    • Ruprect

      You mean when people in an Ask Me Anything actually ask him about those movies and he answers? Give your head a shake, hater troll.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        Some of these comments are amazing– I absolutely believe the people criticizing this interview did not read it.

      • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

        Do us all a favor and look up the meaning of the word troll, because there’s a whole lot of people like you out there who think it means “people who disagree with your opinion”. Bunch of pansies.

      • Ruprect

        A pansy would be someone who is too cowardly to address a post that solidly rebukes him, but instead focus on one word and be critical of the usage in order to cover up his butt-hurt feelings.
        I’ll repeat … Cameron was ASKED his opinion on SPECIFIC movies and gave it. You either misread, didn’t read at all or intentionally misconstrued the article. I suspect the latter. THAT is what makes you a troll. If it is one of the first two options, you are just a harmless idiot.

      • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

        “You either misread, didn’t read at all or intentionally misconstrued the article.”
        - I actually think this is becoming more and more common in Internet comment sections. It’s what I like to call “Active Stupidity”.

    • anubis22774

      Bro, he actually does come down from Mt Olympus.

      • anubis22774

        And be careful. Don’t make him come down off Mt Olympus….. you wouldn’t like him when he comes down off Mt Olympus.

  • partysub

    i like the man, i can’t say his movies touch me personally, but his output is sterling

  • doc

    I like that he pretty much admitted to being an asshole on the expeditions. That’s funny.

  • http://www.youtube.com/friedricetv friedricetv.com

    His comments on Terminator 1 & especially 2 were spot on. They had a great meaning and made the audience develop emotion for a killing machine. Hopefully they can recapture the essence of those two films. Speaking of Terminator enjoy this parody http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5XU8h6HwwpPcwflQJjMGmgchasEzvDQ1

  • Joe

    After seeing (or rather reading) him interviewed, I have a lot more respect for him. Say what you will about his ego (which I think he deserves at this point), he’s a smart guy and he takes the jokes about him in good-taste. Avatar was an interesting movie, visually gorgeous, but I feel a bit lacking otherwise, but I did enjoy it alot, and I can’t wait to see how the sequels pan-out. All in all, James Cameron has earned some more respect today.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Avatar was an affirmation of the big screen format, not storytelling.

  • DjangoBro

    I could care less about the haters but James Cameron will always be “The Man”. With every movie he releases, I will there opening day. One of the best out there.

  • yrulaughing

    People give Avatar a lot of flack for forcing a simplistic environmentalist message down their throats, or being “Green Nazi propaganda” as some moron below commented, by I didn’t have a problem with it.
    It’s a message that people need to hear, whether they like it or not.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      I would have preferred if they just let the story convey the message rather than try to work the message in. You don’t have to get beaten over the head with Sigourney Weaver dialogue to get why the corporation was in the wrong.

  • Batt Damon

    “this new Captain America was an interesting film for its genre” For its genre? Now that’s a backhanded compliment if I’ve ever seen one.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Is it? Based on his other comments he is clearly speaking in terms of nuance and ideas. The Marvel movies don’t really aspire to be much more than big and “dumb” (I love big and dumb), so “for its genre” is merely acknowledging that a movie featuring 20 meter cannons on flying aircraft carriers trying to shoot down a man in a bird shaped fly suit might not be entirely focused on big ideas.

      • Batt Damon

        I just think for someone who’s made a career from popcorn movies he shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss a genre like that.

      • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

        I’m saying that I don’t think he is dismissing it. My absolute favorite books to read are just silly and escapist. I prefer genre fiction to “literature.” So when I read an X-Men novel that is campy and has no attempt at deeper meaning, I acknowledge that it is good for what it is

        That isn’t me depricating the novel…. remember that I love it. The point is that while I value it FOR WHAT IT IS, I also recognize what it is not.

        So if you’re talking about a list of your favorite books, and you say that you love Huckleberry Finn, Ender’s Game (the rare novel that manages to transcend what it is), Gulliver’s Travels, and X-Men vs Avengers…. it makes sense to acknowledge that the last in that list is simply good for what it is: the book equivalent of a tent pole action movie.

        That isn’t dismissive in my mind or even declaring it as a “lesser form of art.” It is tipping your hat to the fact that someone that values the “ideas” in those other books might not enjoy it in the same context.

        I actually find it interesting, because if Cameron is going to be completely honest with himself, Avatar was pretty terrible as a thoughtful examination of human motivation and how we perceive the “other.” But it was great as a simple scifi/fantasy adventure with alien landscapes and big explosions. It was good for what it was (as opposed to what it aspired to be)

  • diazfan209

    I would have asked him why True Lies and The Abyss aren’t on blu-ray.

  • AprilshouldbeRedhead

    I LOVE James Cameron and the nay sayers are just angry at his outstanding success becuz who has a movie like Titanic then TOPS it after a 12 year break??? so I think he gets some reseantment. But otherwise he is very intelligent and deserves more respect.

  • Alan Parker

    I love and repeatedly watch most James Cameron movies, but I honestly think that Avatar is one of his worst movies which only misses out on being worst because of True Lies.
    Because yeah the Avatar SFX are amazing but when I look past that I only see a fairly good movie and I only watched it once on DVD and another time on TV, But I really don’t feel the urge to watch it again unlike many of his other movies which I can’t even count how many times I’ve watched.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Alan, I would STRONGLY encourage you to see Avatar in the best 3D format available in your market when they inevitably offer marathon screenings prior to Avatar 2. Having watched the movie in Imax and at home, I can honestly say that every last one of the criticisms of Avatar is perfectly valid.

      But not a single one of those criticisms detracts from what an incredible viewing experience it is. It pulls you into the world and makes you feel as if you are there… or at least it makes you long to actually be there.

      The 3D is a phenomenal tool and really does make the movie rather than being the gimmick it is in many other movies.

  • Arnold

    “From what I’ve seen from afar, it looks like they will be quite good.”

    DId the new terminator film crew consulted him? Hope that’s the case.

  • mVia

    I want him to direct Aquaman..:-(

  • aceshigh

    What the fuck?

    Fox had the chance to have RIDLEY SCOTT and JAMES CAMERON collaborate…COLLABORATE!!!…on an Alien film…

    …and they said…no, thanks. We’re just going to do this godawful video game film instead.

    Wow. Just WOW.

  • Acool

    Spielberg directed 3 of the highest grossing films of all time as well as films that beat out Avatar and Titanic in domestic attendance.

  • Mike

    South Park poked fun at him, but he did save the world at the end of the episode. If only someone could “raise the bar” in real life.

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  • KevinThePilgrim

    I’m a James Cameron fan and I’m a little dissapointed that the only thing he’ll do for the following years will be only Avatar related.
    That movie as entertaining as it was it’s not the best he has done.

    And I hope he writes a better screenplay for Avatar 2 because the first one was really predictable.

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  • The Destroyer

    Exactly, how would movies like 12 Years a Slave or Texas Buyers Club benefit from 3D? It would just make them looks strange and absurd. Great Gatsby was better 2D than 3D

  • BigJimSlade

    No kidding. Last two 3D movies I’ve seen I wound up taking the glasses off within an hour and watched the rest in a less-darkened blur (fortunately the second of those two was free admission). No way will I be seeing a 3D movie in the theater again. I enjoy some 3D (glasses-free and powered 3DTV glasses), but not through darkened glasses…

  • WockerDaw

    I think he is imagining a world where 3d is no longer at all uncomfortable. I mean, if we don’t have to wear glasses, and the picture quality is unaffected, with no negative repercussions whatsoever… Then sure! Make every movie in 3d.

    But as it stands, 3d is tacked on to most films for the box office pull alone.

  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    A few notes.

    1) The projector makes a huge difference. As theaters eventually adopt the next generation of digital projectors, the brightness issue will work itself out

    2) There is a percentage of the population that anatomically can’t see the 3D effect.

    3) Agree that most movies 3D is a gimmick and also have to point out that many movies add it digitally in post production which has a markedly lower quality

    4) 3D in Avatar made the movie for me. I felt fully immersed in a wonderfully imagined and detailed world. I loved it, and not for some explosion coming out of the screen at me or something. The vistas were incredible.

    I agree with Cameron that eventually it would be nice if all movies were filmed in 3D. With market saturation it would quit being gimmicky and simply be part of the presentation. Do character dramas need it? No. But there is no reason that the scenes would somehow be less dramatic in a 3d format and might actually be slightly more immersive. I like the tool even if the people using it haven’t figured it out yet.

  • Underground Anthem TX

    It’s so funny that you say that, Nomis– When I was younger, I really didn’t appreciate the first Terminator. As a kid, I thought it looked cheap. About 15 years ago, it finally grabbed me and didn’t let go. I just watched it a few months ago, and you’re right, what a classic. I still think T2 is probably superior, but The Terminator is a GREAT flick.

  • Underground Anthem TX

    Josh and Destroyer– I took that statement to mean “all tentpole/popcorn movies should be in 3D”, but maybe he was meaning ALL movies. In that case, I’d disagree, as well. The Master would not have been better if it was made in 3D.

  • 80sRobot

    I thought the 3D worked well in Gatsby in the first half of the movie when it takes you into the mansions, New York City and Gatsby’s party, but throughout the second half it wasn’t as visually dazzling anymore, perhaps because the gimmick wore itself out, or there just wasn’t anything left in that world to showcase in 3D.

  • DjangoBro

    As a kid, I absolutely couldn’t stop watching T2. I fucking love that movie so much. It’s what got be into Cameron’s films. T1 is great. I’m just so used to T2 that I love it more.

  • Underground Anthem TX

    Exactly Django, and what’s so awesome about T2 is that you really don’t even need to see the first Terminator to get it. When I saw T2 in the theater at age 12 (my god, that’s a long time ago), I had never seen Terminator, and I was enthralled, not once confused. That’s spectacular filmmaking, IMO.

  • Ruprect

    Once again, picking out one part of a reply and making a snide comment on that, while ignoring the larger point. At least you are consistant.

    I called you a troll because you totally misrepresented what the article was about in order to make a prickish little point. You can think his films are great or they are shit, I don’t really care. The issue is (for the LAST time) Cameron was ASKED his opinion on these SPECIFIC films, gave it and you said “When he comes out and declares his opinions on random movies, he acts like Zeus coming down from Mt. Olympus to bless us all with his wisdom”.

    You have responded to being called a troll, expressed your core-deep offense to the term and how butt-hurt you are about it, but have yet to address what you were originally called out on. I think it is because you know how wrong you were. If you can’t even be honest with yourself, man, that’s sad.

    PS – Coming back as a Guest to be the the only one to upvote your post is even sadder.

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