Over the years, James Cameron has gained much fame and recognition for his writing and directing work on major films such as The Terminator, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Aliens, True Lies, Titanic, and of course, Avatar.
Cameron sat down for an interview with the folks over from The New York Times when he was in Beijing for the Beijing International Film Festival, giving updates on future projects and revealing tidbits about not one, but three sequels, for Avatar.
Cameron explains that he isn't interested in developing anything new or working on anyone else's scripts since his focus is on the Avatar franchise and on his passion for deep sea exploration.
I’ve made two movies in 16 years, and I’ve done eight expeditions. Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the “Avatar” business. Period. That’s it.
I’m making “Avatar 2,” “Avatar 3,” maybe “Avatar 4,” and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts. And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the “Avatar” landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said. And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries.
-- James Cameron
Cameron also gives an update about how the Avatar sequels are coming along.
We’ve spent the last year and a half on software development and pipeline development. The virtual production methodology was extremely prototypical on the first film. As then, no one had ever done it before and we didn’t even know for two and half years into it and $100 million into it if it was going to work. So we just wanted to make our lives a whole lot easier so that we can spend a little more of our brainpower on creativity.
So we’ve been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing. We haven’t gotten to the design stage yet. That’ll be the next.
-- James Cameron
Anyone else excited about the up-and-coming sequels? I know I am.
Article by Hazel Chua
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