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12.24.2009

Now that filmmaker James Cameron has finally emerged from his den of technological sorcery to unleash AVATAR upon us, he's discussing all sorts of things.

First, the matter of a possible AVATAR sequel is addressed in a sit-down with the LA Times Hero Complex. And while a follow-up is obviously contingent on continued and colossal success, there is also story potential on the other celestial bodies in his corner of the universe. "We have some story ideas for how to branch out into the other moons of Polyphemus," Cameron says, but as he readily admits, "We gotta make some money with this one before we think about the sequel!"

So what else is he thinking about? Maybe a comic book movie? Not likely, as he tells MTV: "I've sort of made it pretty clear that Spider-Man was the guy I liked when I was a kid and I wasn't too interested in the others. I feel there are too many superhero movies right now, I think Hollywood's in a bit of a rut. They've done the good ones and they're starting to get down to the second and third tier of superheroes — the guys that would not be asked to speak at the annual superhero dinner."

As you may recall, way back in the 90s Cameron nearly kickstarted a new Hollywood comic-movie obsession himself -- he was lined up to make SPIDER-MAN, and wrote a lengthy treatment (which you can find online HERE). Of course, back then there would have been no online message boards for the fanboys to gripe about his plans for organic webshooters... I guess they would've had to write actual letters expressing their ire to Starlog or Cinefantastique.

Cameron tends to create his own difficult situations in an effort to advance various aspects of filmmaking, but he's had other issues going back to ALIENS, including beverage breaks. As detailed in Rebecca Keegan’s book "The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron" (which I hope to find under the tree Christmas morn), the director had a full-blown mutiny on his hands by a British film crew more interested in adhering to regular tea time than bringing the xenomorph menace to life. Slashfilm has a few excerpts, including a gem from when he finally wrapped ALIENS and addressed the crew: "This has been a long and difficult shoot, fraught by many problems," he said. "But the one thing that kept me going, through it all, was the certain knowledge that one day I would drive out the gate of Pinewood and never come back, and that you sorry bastards would still be here."

Perhaps best of all is his brilliant response when a bottom feeder paparazzi asks for career advice:

 

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6:18PM on 12/24/2009

LOL

James Cameron is awesome, you can tell he's very passionate, but strictly no bullshit. I love how he totally owned that stupid photographer.
James Cameron is awesome, you can tell he's very passionate, but strictly no bullshit. I love how he totally owned that stupid photographer.
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5:43PM on 12/24/2009
I wish AVATAR could just be stand alone awesome.
I wish AVATAR could just be stand alone awesome.
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3:40PM on 12/24/2009

I hate James Cameron

His movies are f-ing excellent, but he's such a self important prick. Sorry for the negativity on Christmas Eve, but somebody needs to knock this guy off his high horse.
His movies are f-ing excellent, but he's such a self important prick. Sorry for the negativity on Christmas Eve, but somebody needs to knock this guy off his high horse.
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4:20PM on 12/24/2009
I hear where you're coming from and don't disagree, but I would say that he's a man who has earned the right to be however he pleases.
I hear where you're coming from and don't disagree, but I would say that he's a man who has earned the right to be however he pleases.
10:15PM on 12/26/2009
See I don't get that, just because you're great at something doesn't give you the right to be arrogant about it, the movie that will change movies forever? Give me a break, I bet James himself came up with that B.S.
See I don't get that, just because you're great at something doesn't give you the right to be arrogant about it, the movie that will change movies forever? Give me a break, I bet James himself came up with that B.S.
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12:55PM on 12/24/2009
Fuck the Avatar sequel. Please get moving to Battle Angel next. That movie could have a whole lot more going for it than Avatar.
Fuck the Avatar sequel. Please get moving to Battle Angel next. That movie could have a whole lot more going for it than Avatar.
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10:06AM on 12/24/2009

SPIDER-MAN BEGINS

James cameron should be the first one to be cloned if the technology is there. Because i would like him to make every movie from now on. It really was/is my dream for him to be making spider-man and hope he maybe still wants to.
James cameron should be the first one to be cloned if the technology is there. Because i would like him to make every movie from now on. It really was/is my dream for him to be making spider-man and hope he maybe still wants to.
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9:57AM on 12/24/2009

AVATAR 2?

i'm in. i'd watch AVATAR, 5 times if he needs this one to make more money.
i'm in. i'd watch AVATAR, 5 times if he needs this one to make more money.
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9:53AM on 12/24/2009

Spider-Man

Ah, if only Cameron HAD done SPider-Man. Then Raimi wouldn't have fucked it up.
Ah, if only Cameron HAD done SPider-Man. Then Raimi wouldn't have fucked it up.
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6:36AM on 12/24/2009
BATTLE ANGEL!
BATTLE ANGEL!
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6:15AM on 12/24/2009

no mention of Battle Angel?!?!?!

BLASPHEMY!!!
BLASPHEMY!!!
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5:51AM on 12/24/2009

Avatar Trilogy!!

here's a thought for some titles - Avatar 2: The Humans Strike Back & Avatar 3: The Return of the Na'vi
here's a thought for some titles - Avatar 2: The Humans Strike Back & Avatar 3: The Return of the Na'vi
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4:46AM on 12/24/2009
I would like to see a sequel (or even a trilogy) for avatar, but if JC can only make one movie every 4 - 5 years then lets see something totally new. Battle
Angel would be great, or better yet, have him do a two part Akira movie filmed simultaneously released 6months to a year a part!!! oh my god that gave me an erection.
I would like to see a sequel (or even a trilogy) for avatar, but if JC can only make one movie every 4 - 5 years then lets see something totally new. Battle
Angel would be great, or better yet, have him do a two part Akira movie filmed simultaneously released 6months to a year a part!!! oh my god that gave me an erection.
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12:55AM on 12/24/2009
I respectfully disagree. I believe the sequels could be more interesting than the original. Ya know story wise. Keep in mind the 2nd film always seems to surpass the original in the "Epic" sci fi trilogys. Especially in Cameron's case.

However, personally: I would actually rather see Battle Angel before another Avatar.
I respectfully disagree. I believe the sequels could be more interesting than the original. Ya know story wise. Keep in mind the 2nd film always seems to surpass the original in the "Epic" sci fi trilogys. Especially in Cameron's case.

However, personally: I would actually rather see Battle Angel before another Avatar.
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12:32AM on 12/24/2009
Please don't make a sequel to Avatar. I liked the movie, generic plot and all, but I feel like it already told the story it was trying to tell, and there's nothing a sequel can do to expand on it. What would it be about? Humans coming back to Pandora to try and take it over again? At this point it's pretty obvious the moon itself is against them, so what would be their next step? Nuking it from orbit? There's another two and a half hour long movie I can't wait for...

Just move on and
Please don't make a sequel to Avatar. I liked the movie, generic plot and all, but I feel like it already told the story it was trying to tell, and there's nothing a sequel can do to expand on it. What would it be about? Humans coming back to Pandora to try and take it over again? At this point it's pretty obvious the moon itself is against them, so what would be their next step? Nuking it from orbit? There's another two and a half hour long movie I can't wait for...

Just move on and direct Battle Angel, and don't take 12 years to do it.
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