To be quite honest, it doesn’t really matter who is in a James Cameron movie. Even fantastic actors—like Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio—cannot save his films from corny dialogue and predictable plots. And yet we go see James Cameron’s movies anyway, because the guy has mastered and then reinvented the technical aspects of film-making again and again.
So does it really matter who is in Avatar 2? Not really. The film could star the guy who cleans James Cameron’s pool and it would still make $500 million at the box office. That being said, the prospect of Arnold Schwarzenegger reuniting with Terminator director James Cameron to shoot some aliens does sound enticing. And according to Latino Review, this is happening.
You guys remember Avatar, right? The most popular movie in the history of cinema? Yeah. That one. Like me, you probably gave up on a sequel long ago. Sure there were rumors, but James Cameron was far too busy sticking his head in the deepest cracks in the planet (deep sea trenches, not Linda Hamilton. Boom. I went there. I’ll be here all week.) to care about what was happening on Pandora.
But now Cameron is actually starting to put the Avatar sequel pieces in place. Wednesday he announced isn’t going to write them all by himself and that he’d recruited Josh Friedman, the creator of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles to help him craft longer and more fulfilling alien sex scenes. Just yesterday, he announced that Avatar 2, 3 and 4 will come out annually starting in 2016. He added further nerdgasming excitement by adding two more teams of writers, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (Savages).
What’s behind this flurry of news and activity? Cameron put it not-so-bluntly:
The correct conclusion is I do the movies to pay for the expeditions, so every once in a while, I have to come back to make a movie. It’s pretty much that simple.
He forgot to add, ‘F*ck you, you’re gonna see them all anyways.’ Well, at least he’s honest?
So, apparently James Cameron is going to learn from The Matrix sequels when making Avatar 2 and 3 and not make the same mistakes as the Wachowski brothers. Which is probably a good thing because the further he gets away from those bloated pieces of crap, the better. But it was still rather strange to hear another director bitch about a certain film. Strange, but in a good way. Like hearing your mom swear or bumping into a teacher outside of school. It brought a human side to Hollywood that we rarely see.
But which other members of the cinematic elite haven’t held back when describing a film or particular filmmaker that they didn’t like? Here are our favorite bitchy comments from one director to another.
Apparently James Cameron was this close (I’m holding my fingers literally millimetres apart) to helming Jurassic Park. Imagine that, the world would have been completely different! George W. Bush probably wouldn’t have been voted into power, The Cubs might have finally won a world series and I bet 9/11 wouldn’t have even happened. Nice one Cameron.
Alas we can only dream about what his interpretation of Michael Critchton’s tale would have involved. Cameron has revealed that it would have been much “nastier” and that it would have been like “Aliens with dinosaurs”. Aw, he’s just teasing us!
Not that we aren’t grateful for Spielberg’s masterpiece, but it’s always nice to think about what movies could have been like. Here are 5 other classics that were almost directed by other filmmakers.
There is so much confusion over James Cameron’s return to the world of the Na’vi that it’s already about as dramatic as the first instalment to the franchise! First he told us he was making two films back-to-back, then his producer revealed that there would only be one, now he’s just bad mouthing The Matrix sequels. For good reason, they’re both awful but it still seems a bit harsh.
The thing is despite making about $3 trillion a couple of years ago, is anyone actually that bothered about a sequel? Pandora wasn’t that interesting was it? I mean, surely we’ve seen enough of Michelle Rodriguez’s face for a life time?
Others disagree though. So here are the reasons why we should and shouldn’t all be het up in anticipation for the Avatar sequels.
Maybe it’s a lack of new ideas or Hollywood producers wanting to cash in on highly successful movies, but sequels are all the rage these days and it’s not very hard to see why.
This time around, we’ve got the latest on The Hangover 3, Avatar 2, and Super Troopers 2, all of which were major hits and huge fan favorites when they first hit. Here’s the scoop:
It’s officially a go for Avatar 2, but don’t expect James Cameron to rush it because word is his new baby won’t be out until sometime in 2015.
Cast and crew for The Hangover 3 are gearing up for production, and not much has been revealed at this point. They have, however, unveiled a new promo design which opens up a new wave of speculation for the movie’s plotline.
Fans might finally get what they want in the form of a Super Troopers 2 sequel. It’s not a sure thing yet but Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandraskehar and Kevin Heffernan have revealed that the script is ready, so we all know what that means…
Check out the gallery above to get the full details!