James Cameron was in Beijing recently pimping the 3D conversion of Titanic and sat for an interview with Edward Wong. During the interview they discussed a lot of different topics ranging from deep see diving, 3D and other new film making technology, which other filmmakers he admires (Steven Spielberg and Zack Snyder) to the ever upcoming Avatar sequels.
Here’s what Cameron had to say about Avatar:
I’ve divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. 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, 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 what do we make of this? It seems Cameron has no intention of leaving Pandora and the Avatar universe because he feels he can explore all the ideas he wants within that world.
I think what we’re seeing here is a filmmaker who has had extraordinary success and is now focusing on what interests him. In Cameron’s case it’s deeply exploring the ocean’s depths through diving and documentaries and delving deeper in to the mythology of Avatar. I say more power to him. He’s earned a right to do what he likes.
What do you think?
SOURCE: The New York Times