And so we come to the end of James Cameron's film career. The director, who is currently kowtowing to our coming Chinese overlords and trying to get into bed with them. While in China the New York Times talked to him about his future, and it seems fairly limited.
Small aside. Skip this next bit if you just want the Avatar news. Is anybody else bothered by this Cameron quote about Titanic 3D, which he was showing at the Beijing International Film Festival in mid-April:
Well, “Titanic” is actually censored less this time than it was in ’97. Because it was their second bite at the apple. It’s gotten much wider and we’re seeing it being less restrictive. So we’re moving in the right direction.
Should he be crowing that the movie is LESS censored? Should he be working with a nation that censors films at all? It's hard for me to imagine an artist being okay with that. Business men are okay with that, though.
Anyway, back to Avatar. While in Beijing, selling out the United States (not his home country, it should be noted!), Cameron said this about his future filmmaking:
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 it's all Avatar and docs from now on. Judging by the lack of momentum on Avatar 2, I'd guess it's mostly docs from here on out.
I know that I stand in the minority on this one, but do people really want three more movies set on Pandora? Is that world actually so interesting? It seems exceptionally shallow and not particularly complex to me; unless Cameron reveals an underground society of mutants or something I don't know that I care. I'd sort of rather he made an IMAX 3D fake nature doc about Pandora's wildlife if that's what moves him; the narrative stuff in Avatar is such a dud and I can't imagine it gets any better.
In fact, I hope Jimmy Cameron (that's what I call him) reads this and takes my advice. Do a series of mockumentaries about Pandora! Do it in the style of DIsney's old True Life Adventures. That would be fun and everybody would be spared Sam Worthington.