James Cameron making nothing but ‘Avatar’s from now on
Some sort of disconcerting news came from the money-making director: it’s blue people all the way down from here on out. In an interview with the New York Times, Cameron made a startling announcement about his production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. “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.”
I don’t know about you, but this is kind of messed up. All the stories Cameron wants to tell can be told with giant blue computer people? Could you do Terminator 2 with Na’vi? I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong – I thought Avatar was pretty cool, minus all the fruity New Age having sex with trees stuff. But it seems bizarre that such a successful filmmaker would restrict himself like this. What do you think?