Recently, the New York Times caught up to James Cameron during his attendance of the Beijing International Film Festival in China. His trip was geared towards talking with filmmakers in China. He wanted to form relationships with the filmmakers while expanding the market of his company C.P.G. and it’s broadcasting services.
In the interview, Mr. Cameron was asked several questions about technology exchange, new markets in China, and who he finds interesting as far as current directors go, both American and Asian. But the Glaring point of the interview for me was his answer to the questions of where he is planning to go with his own filmmaking career. Here is an excerpt of what he said:
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.
At first I was like, “That sucks. He has so many more cool stories to tell.” But then, as a creative myself, I had to appreciate his achievement at being able to do something that he’s really passionate about, and not have to deal with people in Hollywood that question vision and direction. He probably also sees other directors doing new and interesting things and that there will be no shortage in ‘cool films’ in the future. His mentioning of how he admired Zack Snyder’s 300 and Robert Rodriguez spoke to some of that.
Well, Avatar wasn’t the most incredible movie, but if that’s what Cameron is going to concentrate on, then they should get better and better. But please somebody, pick that Battle Angel script up and start working on it.
You can read the entire article HERE.
Source: NY Times