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James Cameron says he's in the "Avatar business." So, what does that mean?

May. 7, 2012by: Paul Shirey

The technologically progressive director known as James Cameron took a break from sub-diving and inventing new cameras to let fly a few facts about his career projection, which really shouldn't be that big of a surprise.

Still, some of his answers from a New York Times interview may dampen your spirits a bit, especially if you were ever hoping to see Cameron tackle BATTLE ANGEL ALITA, TRUE LIES 2, or "gasp" another TERMINATOR. 

I'll let him explain:

"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, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way.

And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I’m continuing. I’ve done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I’ll hopefully do a lot more. In fact, I’m doing one right now, which is on this, the Deep Sea Challenge project that we just completed the first expedition. So that’ll be a film that’ll get made this year and come out first quarter of next year."

So, there you have it.  Cameron is using the AVATAR franchise to tell all his stories, which seem to involve technological advancements, deep-sea diving, and saving the environment.  I find Cameron to be an enigmatic filmmaker.  He's given us some outstanding films (ALIENS, TRUE LIES, TERMINATOR) and some bloated and overrated ones (AVATAR, TITANIC), but there's no denying his accomplishments in the filmmaking community.

However, it seems odd that he would restrict himself to one venue to tell all his stories.  Technically, AVATAR was amazing, but storywise I felt it had a multitude of hyperbolic stereotypes.

Cameron has a very high, gold-plated soapbox, which we saw in AVATAR and it seems now it will be his crown jewel.  Nothing like blue-skinned, mo-cap aliens telling you how to live, right?  Either way, it looks like AVATAR is here to stay and for at least another decade.

So, let's hear it, Schmoes...is this good or bad news for you?

Extra Tidbit: In my humble opinion, Cameron will never surpass Aliens, which I consider as one of the best films ever made. What do you think his best work was?
Source: New York Times

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9:15AM on 05/08/2012
Why all the hate for Avatar? You people clearly aren't staying true to Avatar ;o)

As for the tidbit...Terminator 1 & 2...and Aliens...few movies get me going wow these days. I'm not saying there aren't good or enjoyable movies being made but I knew nothing of Terminator 1 and Aliens when I first saw them. With the 24/7 media world that we live in now...it's very difficult to watch a major movie without having been exposed to some material before watching it. A lot of funny scenes that
Why all the hate for Avatar? You people clearly aren't staying true to Avatar ;o)

As for the tidbit...Terminator 1 & 2...and Aliens...few movies get me going wow these days. I'm not saying there aren't good or enjoyable movies being made but I knew nothing of Terminator 1 and Aliens when I first saw them. With the 24/7 media world that we live in now...it's very difficult to watch a major movie without having been exposed to some material before watching it. A lot of funny scenes that were in the Avengers movie...I'd already seen before going. Whilst they were still funny...they didn't hold the same level of impact for me when I saw them on the big screen...or say a scene I didn't know was going to happen (all about Hulk and his response to a certain bad guy). I made a conscious effort to stop watching/reading Avengers movie related stuff about three weeks before it came out. I wish I had made that effort 6 months before.
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3:55AM on 05/08/2012
Y'know it doesn't hurt to say he's 'creatively drained' at the moment it happens to all of us.

Yes, he spent millions on the technology that brought us Avatar which is without a doubt a visual/technical masterpiece (story-wise, thats another issue) so its understandable he feels that sense of attachment.

But DUDE c'mon, remember The Abyss? Weren't the vfx in that one an inspiration for T2? Ed Harris' face shaped with flowing water, anyone?

Let him do a spin-off or something instead of
Y'know it doesn't hurt to say he's 'creatively drained' at the moment it happens to all of us.

Yes, he spent millions on the technology that brought us Avatar which is without a doubt a visual/technical masterpiece (story-wise, thats another issue) so its understandable he feels that sense of attachment.

But DUDE c'mon, remember The Abyss? Weren't the vfx in that one an inspiration for T2? Ed Harris' face shaped with flowing water, anyone?

Let him do a spin-off or something instead of narrowing his options.
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11:42PM on 05/07/2012

In all fairness...

How old is James Cameron now? Dude is getting a little long in the tooth. Since it takes him 5+ years to get an Avatar movie made, he probably is looking at retirement once he at least gets a trilogy under his belt. So yeah, it kinda makes sense that he doesn't want to spend time working on other untested projects. Cameron is basically telling us he's in the home stretch. A little more Avatar, a little more documentaries about crazy crap only billionaires are interested in doing, and he's
How old is James Cameron now? Dude is getting a little long in the tooth. Since it takes him 5+ years to get an Avatar movie made, he probably is looking at retirement once he at least gets a trilogy under his belt. So yeah, it kinda makes sense that he doesn't want to spend time working on other untested projects. Cameron is basically telling us he's in the home stretch. A little more Avatar, a little more documentaries about crazy crap only billionaires are interested in doing, and he's done.
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10:13PM on 05/07/2012
I like Cameron as a storyteller, but he's no longer interested in that. He'd rather advance technologies and teach about environmentalism. Noble pursuits, but I still wish he had a desire of giving us some original films. Avatar 2 will be a three hour movie teaching is that polluting oceans are bad, but the old Cameron would offer something new and exciting.
I like Cameron as a storyteller, but he's no longer interested in that. He'd rather advance technologies and teach about environmentalism. Noble pursuits, but I still wish he had a desire of giving us some original films. Avatar 2 will be a three hour movie teaching is that polluting oceans are bad, but the old Cameron would offer something new and exciting.
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7:40PM on 05/07/2012
Could care any less the man has given us some classic films like Terminator, Aliens, True Lies & you cant fault him for the impact both Titanic & Avatar have had, I mean they are the top 2 movies ever. Maybe he sounds a bit arrogant sometimes but unlike George Lucas at least its more justified.
Could care any less the man has given us some classic films like Terminator, Aliens, True Lies & you cant fault him for the impact both Titanic & Avatar have had, I mean they are the top 2 movies ever. Maybe he sounds a bit arrogant sometimes but unlike George Lucas at least its more justified.
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6:57PM on 05/07/2012
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6:47PM on 05/07/2012
Some people just crack me up lol. I have seen people say Avatar was the best movie ever made after seeing it and then go back and see it again. But when the movie starts bringing in butt loads of money is when they start saying that the movie is overrated, over hyped or it's not that good. I from a movie stand point thought Avatar was really good despite its tiny flaws (but not anything to ruin a movie). The movie doesn't average a rating of like 20/10 or something. It has an average rating of
Some people just crack me up lol. I have seen people say Avatar was the best movie ever made after seeing it and then go back and see it again. But when the movie starts bringing in butt loads of money is when they start saying that the movie is overrated, over hyped or it's not that good. I from a movie stand point thought Avatar was really good despite its tiny flaws (but not anything to ruin a movie). The movie doesn't average a rating of like 20/10 or something. It has an average rating of 8/10 on imdb and 83% on rotten tomatoes. I don't know about you guys but to me that's definitely not overrated especially for what the movie is. It's rare to come across genuine reviews. I understand opinions but there are so many reviews out there that are biased either if against the film or for it. I admit tho I do like to see more more movies from him other than from one franchise. As for Aliens and the Terminator franchise, they are pretty much ruined from the sequels made after his films. And if you wanna talk about over hyped movies compared to the money it makes then lets talk about Twilight franchise. Right there that's tell you something when each movie in the series is plagued with negative reviews (although I do think a lot of those reviews are biased but put together with all the reviews saying the movie is good just because Edward or Jacob kinda evens it out lol) but the movies still brings in a ton of money. So as long as people keep going to these movies, hollywood will bring us more.
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6:24PM on 05/07/2012
Avatar 4? Has he made the studios so much money with Titanic and Avatar that they will just let him do whatever he wants now? I have a lot of respect and admiration for Cameron, but I can't help but feel that he's grown a bit detached from his audience. Or perhaps I'm just no longer his audience and it's me who's out of touch with what people want to see him do.

In any case, Avatar wasn't a terrible film and kids in particular seemed to like it a lot, so it certainly wasn't an affront to
Avatar 4? Has he made the studios so much money with Titanic and Avatar that they will just let him do whatever he wants now? I have a lot of respect and admiration for Cameron, but I can't help but feel that he's grown a bit detached from his audience. Or perhaps I'm just no longer his audience and it's me who's out of touch with what people want to see him do.

In any case, Avatar wasn't a terrible film and kids in particular seemed to like it a lot, so it certainly wasn't an affront to cinéma or anything. I genuinly hope he surprises me with it's sequels.
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6:19PM on 05/07/2012

50/50

Alien? an awesome HORROR picture with a deadly creature and claustrophobic editing and filing. Aliens? SCI-FI film. different in tone/style, but just as good for what it was, a balls to the wall action flick,in space. honestly, you dont remember getting chills when the foreshadowing of ripley using a power loader came back to her famous "get away from her you bitch?" scene. i still remember goosebumps.

Avatar was brilliant,technically speaking. well worth the admission price for spectacular
Alien? an awesome HORROR picture with a deadly creature and claustrophobic editing and filing. Aliens? SCI-FI film. different in tone/style, but just as good for what it was, a balls to the wall action flick,in space. honestly, you dont remember getting chills when the foreshadowing of ripley using a power loader came back to her famous "get away from her you bitch?" scene. i still remember goosebumps.

Avatar was brilliant,technically speaking. well worth the admission price for spectacular 3D, done right. Script/story wise? seen it all before. basic. corny at parts. unobtanium? (hardtofinium taken?) but no one can say they werent jaw dropping visuals for a few hours.

I'm 50/50 because,while Avatar visually rocked, the story was over simplified, so to continue strictly with that theme,skipping over other sci-fi that his vision could produce, seems an easy-way out to rest on his laurels, and maybe docu's are more what brings him satisfaction these days, avatar flicks giving him the clout to do whatever makes him happy.

it's a loss cranium use wise for us, but the eye candy remains intact. and i'll go against the grain here and say McG's terminator flick was cool, proving others can handle what cameron may give up. tons of action in that terminator flick, the terms themselves were scarier looking than the cameron versions imho, the only spoiler for me being the cgi arnold,which didnt quite cut it,like tron's younger cgi of an older character. (still to computer videogame looking renders).

things change though, and he could end up doing something else cool if the idea strikes him. let's be honest, he's given us entertainment value over the years, right?

just my .02
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6:19PM on 05/07/2012
Cameron is awesome, and how unusual for people to take what he says, because someone asked him and he was polite enough to answer, and mis-interput and extrapolate it out to whatever end suits them.
The way I read this was that yes, he's making two avatar sequels (which everyone already knew) he's concentrating on them. He threw in the thing about part 4, probably just for shits and giggles. So his current plan is to make Avatar 2 and 3. Wow, what an a-shole, how dare he do what he wants to
Cameron is awesome, and how unusual for people to take what he says, because someone asked him and he was polite enough to answer, and mis-interput and extrapolate it out to whatever end suits them.
The way I read this was that yes, he's making two avatar sequels (which everyone already knew) he's concentrating on them. He threw in the thing about part 4, probably just for shits and giggles. So his current plan is to make Avatar 2 and 3. Wow, what an a-shole, how dare he do what he wants to do and not serve every cinematic douchbag who thinks they have the right to tell him what to do becuase they bought a ticket to one of his films.
Get over yourselves. JC is where he is in this world because he makes great films people love watching. If you were in the same position you'd do exactly what you want to do. How does this make him suck? It doesn't, people suck because they are pretentious 'I want this I want that' scumbags.
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6:13PM on 05/07/2012
I kinda curious to see how this turns out when all is said and done. He's probably just excited. Like a child.
I kinda curious to see how this turns out when all is said and done. He's probably just excited. Like a child.
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6:11PM on 05/07/2012
While I admit that Avatar's story was a bit cliched, and it's definitely a "Soapbox film", People are absurd for thinking its an outright terrible movie. I never understood the straight up hatred for it. Its still a very good movie, DESPITE it's flaws. Most great films are still strewn with flaws. the technological advancements alone changed the game for films from then on out, and honestly at this point, although the context might be different (unique) the same story is getting told over and
While I admit that Avatar's story was a bit cliched, and it's definitely a "Soapbox film", People are absurd for thinking its an outright terrible movie. I never understood the straight up hatred for it. Its still a very good movie, DESPITE it's flaws. Most great films are still strewn with flaws. the technological advancements alone changed the game for films from then on out, and honestly at this point, although the context might be different (unique) the same story is getting told over and over again in pretty much every film out there, out there anyway...That being said, I don't agree at all with Cameron dedicating all his time to the one series, especially one that has generated such mixed feelings from fans. But hey, its Cameron, you really think he gives a shit what you think? doubt it....
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6:08PM on 05/07/2012
The dude made two of the top grossing films of all time, so I think he's entitled to make whatever the hell he wants in the future. He talks like a complete douche-bag sometimes, but he made Aliens and T2 for which I am thankful to him as a filmmaker.
The dude made two of the top grossing films of all time, so I think he's entitled to make whatever the hell he wants in the future. He talks like a complete douche-bag sometimes, but he made Aliens and T2 for which I am thankful to him as a filmmaker.
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5:35PM on 05/07/2012
I have no use for one Avatar movie let alone two to three more...............
I have no use for one Avatar movie let alone two to three more...............
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5:28PM on 05/07/2012

Wow! The possibilities are endless.

Cool stuff Jimmy Boy. Hopefully we can expect "Avatars on a plane", "Bill & Ted's Excellent Avatar", "Feliz Avatar: José Feliciano's Pandora Christmas Special", "Blue Hawaii 2: Na'vi Las Vegas", "When Harry met Sully", "Na'vi Gonna Give You Up: The Rick Astley Story", Avatar Porn -"Pandora's Box: Blue Space Cat on Blue Space Cat Action XXX", ...
Cool stuff Jimmy Boy. Hopefully we can expect "Avatars on a plane", "Bill & Ted's Excellent Avatar", "Feliz Avatar: José Feliciano's Pandora Christmas Special", "Blue Hawaii 2: Na'vi Las Vegas", "When Harry met Sully", "Na'vi Gonna Give You Up: The Rick Astley Story", Avatar Porn -"Pandora's Box: Blue Space Cat on Blue Space Cat Action XXX", ...
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5:41PM on 05/07/2012
hahaha... Feliz Avatar: José Feliciano's Pandora Christmas Special... that one killed me man..
hahaha... Feliz Avatar: José Feliciano's Pandora Christmas Special... that one killed me man..
12:00AM on 05/08/2012
"Na'vi Say Na'vi Again", "Hometree Alone", "Come Mr Sully Man, Sully me Banana: The Harry Belefonte Pandora Tribute Concert", "Avatar: The Last Airbender"...oh...hang on...
"Na'vi Say Na'vi Again", "Hometree Alone", "Come Mr Sully Man, Sully me Banana: The Harry Belefonte Pandora Tribute Concert", "Avatar: The Last Airbender"...oh...hang on...
3:20AM on 05/08/2012
ROFLMAO! Thanks for making my day. THUMBS UP!
ROFLMAO! Thanks for making my day. THUMBS UP!
4:52PM on 05/07/2012

I have zero interest in revisiting Pandora...

I've seen my last Cameron movie, I guess. Avatar was terrible. The real Cameron died long ago.
I've seen my last Cameron movie, I guess. Avatar was terrible. The real Cameron died long ago.
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4:51PM on 05/07/2012
I guarantee you his sub-diving experiences will be put towards Avatar, which I think will be cool since he did explore a place none of us will ever go. It's up to him. I mean there are other, very talented, sci-fi directors out there so I am not upset at all.
I guarantee you his sub-diving experiences will be put towards Avatar, which I think will be cool since he did explore a place none of us will ever go. It's up to him. I mean there are other, very talented, sci-fi directors out there so I am not upset at all.
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4:36PM on 05/07/2012

whatever

Not a big Cameron fan, but I'm kinda glad he's doing this. Honestly I think Aliens is awful compared to Alien, and that he ruined the tone of that universe. I think him working in his Avatar world is good, he created it, he knows it, and he'll continue delivering us entertaining stories that I can only hope and guess will get better every time.
Not a big Cameron fan, but I'm kinda glad he's doing this. Honestly I think Aliens is awful compared to Alien, and that he ruined the tone of that universe. I think him working in his Avatar world is good, he created it, he knows it, and he'll continue delivering us entertaining stories that I can only hope and guess will get better every time.
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4:29PM on 05/07/2012

Thats....Disappointing

I love James Cameron's work. He's a versatile director, but to limit a talent as visionary as him to only a single type and francise is sad, to say the least. And no, just because he gave us some great movies, doesn't make him automatically earn the right to do whatever he wants. Speilberg is a better director and a storyteller than he is, and he's making films left and right with genres that can be as different as they can get. In my openion, if someone is a great director and people look up
I love James Cameron's work. He's a versatile director, but to limit a talent as visionary as him to only a single type and francise is sad, to say the least. And no, just because he gave us some great movies, doesn't make him automatically earn the right to do whatever he wants. Speilberg is a better director and a storyteller than he is, and he's making films left and right with genres that can be as different as they can get. In my openion, if someone is a great director and people look up to him to deliver quality movies, he just doesn't GETS to choose what he wants and what he does not, he has a responsibility to meet his fans' expectations, the same fans who helped him reach where he is today.

T2 & THE ABYSS Director's Cut (including the tidal wave sequence) is two of my most favorite movies, but TITANIC is the one that I'll always love, regardless of it's backlash or inexplicable general hatredness. To me atleast, it can never be "overrated".
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3:50PM on 05/07/2012

No Thanks

Pass. Cameron was great to me cause he brought new things to the table a lot of the time in terms of effects and help their development. Now he states that aside from Doc's he just wants to play in Avatar land all day? No thanks. You were a visionary that has now narrowed your vision i'm left wondering why i shold care about your work Mr. Cameron. But so long as you can over charge for a over blown effects reel i'm sure that's exactly what you are gonna keep doing.
Pass. Cameron was great to me cause he brought new things to the table a lot of the time in terms of effects and help their development. Now he states that aside from Doc's he just wants to play in Avatar land all day? No thanks. You were a visionary that has now narrowed your vision i'm left wondering why i shold care about your work Mr. Cameron. But so long as you can over charge for a over blown effects reel i'm sure that's exactly what you are gonna keep doing.
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3:49PM on 05/07/2012
Cameron is in it for the money now. He's smart at using gimmicks to make giant blockbusters but a gimmick only works once. Avatar 2 isn't going to bring in the cash like the first one and if the story is as simple as the first then I don't think there will be any demand for a third.
Cameron is in it for the money now. He's smart at using gimmicks to make giant blockbusters but a gimmick only works once. Avatar 2 isn't going to bring in the cash like the first one and if the story is as simple as the first then I don't think there will be any demand for a third.
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2:40PM on 05/07/2012
It's been so long since I saw Aliens I can't really comment on what his best was. I think the Terminator one-two punch is pretty good as far as science-fiction invention goes, but I wouldn't call either film an absolute masterpiece. Held together, they equal more than the sum of their parts.

As for this Avatar business, all I can think of is he's gonna be the next George Lucas. Only difference is that George Lucas didn't exactly come out and SAY he was only doing Star Wars. He just spent a
It's been so long since I saw Aliens I can't really comment on what his best was. I think the Terminator one-two punch is pretty good as far as science-fiction invention goes, but I wouldn't call either film an absolute masterpiece. Held together, they equal more than the sum of their parts.

As for this Avatar business, all I can think of is he's gonna be the next George Lucas. Only difference is that George Lucas didn't exactly come out and SAY he was only doing Star Wars. He just spent a lot of time doing nothing else.
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2:27PM on 05/07/2012
Well, who cares! Another director who´s gone from great to mediocre (see Lucas, Carpenter, Craven etc...). I was hoping for another glimpse of brillance with "Battle Angel" but seemingly he wants to play it safe and milk his blue cash cow dry.
Well, who cares! Another director who´s gone from great to mediocre (see Lucas, Carpenter, Craven etc...). I was hoping for another glimpse of brillance with "Battle Angel" but seemingly he wants to play it safe and milk his blue cash cow dry.
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1:59PM on 05/07/2012
JC is king of sequels so I'm actually interested in seeing Avatar 2. Also this will be his first ever trilogy so I think that in itself should be exciting, although I'm sure we all would have liked to seen him handle T3.
JC is king of sequels so I'm actually interested in seeing Avatar 2. Also this will be his first ever trilogy so I think that in itself should be exciting, although I'm sure we all would have liked to seen him handle T3.
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1:43PM on 05/07/2012
I'm a self proclaimed "Avatard" and even this is too much for me. I'm down for a trilogy but for Cameron to only focus on this world and it's stories for the rest of his entire career is bonkers and really dissappointing for those of us that have been waiting for Battle Angel Alita.
I'm a self proclaimed "Avatard" and even this is too much for me. I'm down for a trilogy but for Cameron to only focus on this world and it's stories for the rest of his entire career is bonkers and really dissappointing for those of us that have been waiting for Battle Angel Alita.
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1:36PM on 05/07/2012

as much as Avatar is

"overhyped," it is also "overbashed." Avatar used familiar and overused themes in it, but i dont think that was the point of the movie. it was intended to be simple and easy to understand, so it can be more universal. but that isnt what made Avatar so special...it was Cameron's attention to detail. Every shot had so much thought put into it, every movement, every physical detail...only Cameron can deliver such detail. I appreciated Avatar for that, for the visuals, which to this day still
"overhyped," it is also "overbashed." Avatar used familiar and overused themes in it, but i dont think that was the point of the movie. it was intended to be simple and easy to understand, so it can be more universal. but that isnt what made Avatar so special...it was Cameron's attention to detail. Every shot had so much thought put into it, every movement, every physical detail...only Cameron can deliver such detail. I appreciated Avatar for that, for the visuals, which to this day still surprise me. and the last act? even transformers and avengers barely live up to the action in that final act...i dont know, i just feel that people hate on Avatar because it wasnt written by charlie kaufman or chris nolan...it was a visual masterpiece!!!
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1:33PM on 05/07/2012
If that quote is real, then fuck him. Fuck James Cameron. I'm done with him. He transformed into a massive cunt, and I feel utterly betrayed that he has abandoned Battle Angel. I'm throwing my Avatar DVD in the trash right now.
If that quote is real, then fuck him. Fuck James Cameron. I'm done with him. He transformed into a massive cunt, and I feel utterly betrayed that he has abandoned Battle Angel. I'm throwing my Avatar DVD in the trash right now.
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12:56PM on 05/07/2012
He built himself a huge empire already so he does have the right to do whatever feels more suitable for his business.

On a personal side, I honestly could not care less. There are far too many other directors whose work I'm far more interested in such as Nolan, Scott, Whedon, Abrams, to name a few.

T2 was his best work IMO, but as far as the saga goes, I would be more interested if they bring someone far -out of the box- such as Chan-wook Park, his view on the terminator franchise should
He built himself a huge empire already so he does have the right to do whatever feels more suitable for his business.

On a personal side, I honestly could not care less. There are far too many other directors whose work I'm far more interested in such as Nolan, Scott, Whedon, Abrams, to name a few.

T2 was his best work IMO, but as far as the saga goes, I would be more interested if they bring someone far -out of the box- such as Chan-wook Park, his view on the terminator franchise should be kick-ass!
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12:35PM on 05/07/2012

Seriously Cameron?

Avatar was a fantastic film, but it kind of already got too much hype for its own good. Now you are going to run it into the ground.

We want Battle Angel, not four Avatars.
Avatar was a fantastic film, but it kind of already got too much hype for its own good. Now you are going to run it into the ground.

We want Battle Angel, not four Avatars.
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12:31PM on 05/07/2012
At the rate he's been making movies, if he plans on going to Avatar 4, that will be the rest of his career. Cameron seems to be a lost cause now anyway. Avatar was ok, but it certainly didn't deserve Oscar noms and the massive box office it had. And I didn't like Titanic at all. Even though he's made some amazing classics, it's been almost 20 years since he did anything great so it's easier to understand this/not care anymore. We'll always have T2 and Aliens right?
At the rate he's been making movies, if he plans on going to Avatar 4, that will be the rest of his career. Cameron seems to be a lost cause now anyway. Avatar was ok, but it certainly didn't deserve Oscar noms and the massive box office it had. And I didn't like Titanic at all. Even though he's made some amazing classics, it's been almost 20 years since he did anything great so it's easier to understand this/not care anymore. We'll always have T2 and Aliens right?
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12:22PM on 05/07/2012
Avatar would have been a very good 100 minute movie. Same with Titanic. Both were way too long and way too pretentious when they really had nothing interesting to say. Also, I didn't like them. (But still, respect to anyone who disagrees.)

So please, Mr. Cameron--PLEASE do something new. Please don't just restrict yourself to Avatar from now on. Or if you do--really put a lot more thought into the characters and story this time.

As for the extra tidbit, I think The Terminator and
Avatar would have been a very good 100 minute movie. Same with Titanic. Both were way too long and way too pretentious when they really had nothing interesting to say. Also, I didn't like them. (But still, respect to anyone who disagrees.)

So please, Mr. Cameron--PLEASE do something new. Please don't just restrict yourself to Avatar from now on. Or if you do--really put a lot more thought into the characters and story this time.

As for the extra tidbit, I think The Terminator and Aliens are his best two movies. I really couldn't choose between them if I tried.
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12:10PM on 05/07/2012
Fuck Avatar. And no, I'm not in the troll business. It's a waste of what was a very talented filmmaker. He had years to develop the script of Avatar and it was lousy, so I have no faith in any sequels.
Fuck Avatar. And no, I'm not in the troll business. It's a waste of what was a very talented filmmaker. He had years to develop the script of Avatar and it was lousy, so I have no faith in any sequels.
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11:48AM on 05/07/2012
James Cameron is probably the most over-rated director working today. I recently rewatched Aliens and have no idea why people consider it, as you said, "one of the best films ever made." In my view, it basically took a major shit on Ridley Scott's original, which is truly a masterpiece. And Avatar? Sure it was a major technological achievement, but the story, the characters, and the dialogue could have been written by a high school creative writing student. We'll see in twenty years whether
James Cameron is probably the most over-rated director working today. I recently rewatched Aliens and have no idea why people consider it, as you said, "one of the best films ever made." In my view, it basically took a major shit on Ridley Scott's original, which is truly a masterpiece. And Avatar? Sure it was a major technological achievement, but the story, the characters, and the dialogue could have been written by a high school creative writing student. We'll see in twenty years whether anyone gives a damn about Avatar. My guess is that it will go the way of Tron, an except for a small, strangely devoted cult, no one will even be able to sit through it.
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12:03PM on 05/07/2012
Well I recently watched the original Alien because we had an ALIEN marathon and that film has not held up in time at all. The fx are extremely outdated and the movie is incredibly boring. My 11 year old son thought I was punishing him, but once we got to ALIENS, the mood change. That movie holds up and is still great to watch.. and its been more than 20 years bub.. As for AVATAR.. i WAS ON LINE AND AN 85 YEAR OLD MAN SAID HE'D SEEN AVATAR 6 TIMES.. IF HE HAD WATCHED ALIEN 6 TIMES HE'D BE DEAD
Well I recently watched the original Alien because we had an ALIEN marathon and that film has not held up in time at all. The fx are extremely outdated and the movie is incredibly boring. My 11 year old son thought I was punishing him, but once we got to ALIENS, the mood change. That movie holds up and is still great to watch.. and its been more than 20 years bub.. As for AVATAR.. i WAS ON LINE AND AN 85 YEAR OLD MAN SAID HE'D SEEN AVATAR 6 TIMES.. IF HE HAD WATCHED ALIEN 6 TIMES HE'D BE DEAD
12:24PM on 05/07/2012
Alien and Aliens are BOTH incredible. In fact, so is Tron. Well, at least I agree with you on Avatar not being any good.
Alien and Aliens are BOTH incredible. In fact, so is Tron. Well, at least I agree with you on Avatar not being any good.
11:48AM on 05/07/2012
Good for him, i'm not a huge avatar fan, but cameron has earned the right to do what he wants
Good for him, i'm not a huge avatar fan, but cameron has earned the right to do what he wants
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11:46AM on 05/07/2012
I think it's very myopic for James Cameron to confine what sounds like all of his future film work to Avatar movies. I'm a big fan of The Abyss, and I think Cameron is a talented capable who can be capable of some truly amazing work, so it's a disservice to himself to get locked in his Avatar cage.
I think it's very myopic for James Cameron to confine what sounds like all of his future film work to Avatar movies. I'm a big fan of The Abyss, and I think Cameron is a talented capable who can be capable of some truly amazing work, so it's a disservice to himself to get locked in his Avatar cage.
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11:30AM on 05/07/2012
I guess he won't be making Battle Angel Alita any time soon *sigh*
I guess he won't be making Battle Angel Alita any time soon *sigh*
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11:26AM on 05/07/2012
Cameron is a shadow of his former self. Avatar was ecent fun. Oscar nomination worthy? Fuuuuck no. If all we're gonna get from him in the fiction department is new Avatar movies, I'm not on board. The man is talented. What a waste. Flame away.
Cameron is a shadow of his former self. Avatar was ecent fun. Oscar nomination worthy? Fuuuuck no. If all we're gonna get from him in the fiction department is new Avatar movies, I'm not on board. The man is talented. What a waste. Flame away.
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11:20AM on 05/07/2012
Hahaha, that picture is funny! Extra tidbit: it's hard to pick. I'd say Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It has action, sci-fi, thriller, drama roll all into one awesome movie. But in terms of Avatar, I prefer The Abyss better. Much more subtle.
Hahaha, that picture is funny! Extra tidbit: it's hard to pick. I'd say Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It has action, sci-fi, thriller, drama roll all into one awesome movie. But in terms of Avatar, I prefer The Abyss better. Much more subtle.
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