James Cameron Compares Avatar Sequels to ‘The Godfather,’ Wants Comic Book Movies Off His Lawn

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brian-mcgee - April 23, 2018

James Cameron is the text book example of a dude you should never underestimate. He's also incredibly easy to make fun of, just look...

He's sort of the epitome of a guy you've got to respect despite all of the absolutely stupid shit he says. For example, listen to what he thinks about comic book movies and their proliferation...

“I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon... Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”

Hyper-gonadal males. Classic Cameron. Dude can manage to sound intellectual, insufferable, and clueless all at the same time. That quote, by the way, comes to us from Indiewire, will make its debut on April 30th in a documentary series on AMC titled Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction.

According to Deadline, in the doc Cameron also reveals the film his first two Avatar sequels are most influenced by, and it's a doozy...

“It’s a family drama, so it’s The Godfather. Obviously a very different genre [and]  a very different story but I got intrigued by that idea, so that’s really what it is. It’s a generational family saga very different than the first film. Now, it’s the same type of settings and the same sort of respect for that shock of the new that we want to show you things that not only that you haven’t seen, but you haven’t imagined, ” he said adding the story is not what we might expect.

“It’s a continuation of the same characters but what happens when warriors, willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs on to the backs of big orange Toruks, grow up and have their own kids. Now the kids are the change makers.  It’s interesting. Everyone is either a parent or they had parents at the very least. If you look at the big successful franchises now they are pretty much uninterested in it. So this could be the seeds of utter damnation and doom for the project or could be the thing that makes it stand apart and continue to be unique. Nobody knows until you make the movie and put it out. Anyone who thinks this is easy or they are just printing money over there at the Avatar studio,  it doesn’t work that way.”

I don't think anyone thinks it works that way except you, which is why you brought it up.

Again, it's impossible not to admire the man, but he sure does make it difficult. The first of his four planned Avatar sequels hits theaters in December 2020.

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