Making movies take a lot of time. A big Hollywood Summer Blockbuster filled with tons of CGI and Effects takes even longer. It’s not much of a surprise that James Cameron said the following while talking with the New York Times:
“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.”
That pretty much kills many aspiring script writers, directors, and other Hollywood dreamers pinning their hopes on handing Cameron a script while he’s trapped at the restaurant’s bathroom urinal or slipping a film treatment into Cameron’s grocery bag. Cameron went on to give us an update on how “The Avatar” business is going these days.
“We’ve spent the last year and a half on software development and pipeline development. The virtual production methodology was extremely prototypical on the first film. As then, no one had ever done it before and we didn’t even know for two and half years into it and $100 million into it if it was going to work. So we just wanted to make our lives a whole lot easier so that we can spend a little more of our brainpower on creativity. It was a very, very uphill battle on the first film. So we’ve been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing. We haven’t gotten to the design stage yet. That’ll be the next.”
A year and a half on software development . . . Cameron is 57 years old. With medical technology today and his enormous wealth he can expect to live a long productive rest of his life. Will Cameron never do another film that is not about Avatar? For now he wants his plate clear with no distractions, but after Avatar 4 who can really say? If anything, Hollywood has time and time again proven that something new can capture a producer or director’s imagination and change any of their carefully laid plans.