Remember that time the Clash of the Titans remake came out just a couple of months after Avatar convinced Hollywood that it became the highest grossest movie of all time because it was in 3-D? Well, the man behind Clash says the rushed post conversion 3-D in his film says it sucked.
I’ll let that sink in.
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis Leterrier, who’s doing press for his new film Now You See Me, discussed how he was “literally thrown under the bus,” and how the studio twisted his arm in its decision to convert the film to 3-D in post-production was made by the studio brass. “At one point it was like, ‘Yeah, Louis chose the 3D.’ And I was like, ‘No, guys, I didn’t choose the 3D. I actually told you it’s not working. I couldn’t control it. I said don’t do it.’”
As for what happened after that…
It was famously rushed and famously horrible. It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I’m a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it’s not my movie.
That was a bold statement for Leterrier to make… more than four years after Clash of the Titans came out. But at least we have official confirmation from someone in the know that, yeah, they made a boo-boo converting Clash to 3-D in post. C’est la vie.
There may not be many of you out there, but considering the success of the first Avatar movie there must be at least a few people who are looking forward to James Cameron’s promised sequels. Though the first was, in my humble opinion, a shallow pile of crap with little plot, a terrible script, mediocre acting and action scenes that were about as cliché as they come, it did make tons of cash. And Cameron has some sort of hard-on for making more, so they will be coming. But how’s the schedule going with that, you ask? Check out what Avatar and Star Trek alumni Zoe Saldana had to say about it below.
In an interview with MTV, Zoe had some things to say about director James Cameron and how his progress is going:
I know that he’s sort of been removing himself from things that might distract him so that he can focus on doing the final tweaks on the scripts. He did share that he’s in a very interesting and fragile place, because the story is dictating itself.
You walk a fine line when you’re the creator of the story you’re going to tell, of the manipulation that you may have unconsciously of the story and the characters versus allowing the story to unfold it, because you did create such a monumental and solid platform that they’re just living and breathing organisms and they’re the ones that need to make their own decisions. I’m geek talking right now, but that’s how intense it affects me and how I feel about amazing storytellers like James Cameron, like J.J. Abrams. They create things that are real out of unimaginable scenarios, and that is beautiful to me.
That was an amazingly insightful response from Saldana, especially considering the not-insightful nature of Avatar. Thumbs up to you Zoe and may your future hold projects more worthy of your brains and talent.
Currently, Avatar 2 and 3 are scheduled to begin shooting sometime early next year and the first sequel has a tentative release date of late 2014.
Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.
According to a star of one film, and a producer of the other, the two most highly anticipated sequels since….well, ever probably, will begin filming almost simultaneously.
Both sequels are scheduled to begin production early in 2014, the Avatar 2 news was reported by Zoe Saldana, who plays Neytiri in the James Cameron franchise. She has also confirmed something long assumed regarding the Avatar sequels: As expected, Parts 2 and 3 will be filmed back to back. She mentioned this on The Johnathan Ross Show in the UK (according to Digital Spy), and had this to say about why the sequels will be produced consecutively:
I think that they’re doing a part two and a part three and they’re probably going to shoot it at the same time. Because if we just do two and then wait, I’ll probably be 45 or 50 by the time we get to part three. It takes a long time, it’s a very hard process.
Bryan Burk, long-time producer for J.J. Abrams and co-founder of Bad Robot (as well as producer on Star Wars: Episode VII, naturally) revealed the rough, tentative shooting schedule for SW7 in an interview with Collider:
We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues. As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and Star Wars will be no different.
If these assertions prove accurate, then we can indeed expect a May 2015 release for Episode VII. Avatar 2, being more CGI-heavy, will probably take longer – estimates put its release at Christmas of 2015.
James Cameron‘s Avatar made an embarrassingle large amount of money, so it was a no-brainer that Cameron, or some other director of his choice would make more, but we haven’t heard much about it lately. Luckily for us, while Cameron was pimping out his Cirque du Soleil 3D movie directed by Andrew Adamson, the Play Goes Strong reporter Cindy Pearlman asked him to give fans an update on the Avatar sequels.
“I’m working on ‘Avatar 2’ and ‘Avatar 3.’ I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, ‘You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third ‘Lord of the Rings.’ I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it. I’m deep into it and I’m living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it’s coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That’s when it gets fun. The characters talk and it’s writing itself. I’m almost there right now. It’s building fast.”
Cameron is currently writing the Avatar sequels in New Zealand and talked about the process:
“As a writer, I need isolation. I’m calling you from New Zealand right now where I’m writing on a little farm. When you live in a special world like Pandora, you have to live in that world.”
Cameron was then asked if he was feeling any building pressure to top the first movie:
“Pressure, no. It’s a little daunting because sequels are always tricky. You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I’ve walked that line in the past, so I’m not too worried about it. At the same time, I definitely have to deliver the goods. As for a release date that will be determined by when I get the script out. No pressure!”
Although Avatar 2 was originally targeted for a December, 2014 release and Avatar 3 for December, 2015, nothing’s in stone until Cameron gets the completed scripts over to Twentieth Century Fox Film and the production gurus work their magic.
Will you still care when the movies finally come out?
Via: Play Goes Strong
It’s been three years since “Dances With Blue Cat People”, a.k.a. Avatar. When the hell is James Cameron getting around to those supposed sequels? The avatards (me NOT included) are getting restless!
Well, actually, Cameron has been working on the scripts for the sequels ever since the first film became the highest grossing movie of all time. So he’s been sweating blue for a while.
Avatar producer Jon Landau had projected a 2015 release for the first of 2 sequels. Turns out, we’re getting Avatar 2: Electric Boogablue a year early.
While at the premiere for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Cameron revealed to The West Australian that he plans on finishing his scripts by February next year, and production would commence at the end of 2013.
“I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don’t want to be writing the movie in post production,” Cameron said. “We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don’t want to do that again.” said Cameron.
If that wasn’t enough, the director/producer/undersea adventurer revealed his pursuit to jump on the Peter Jackson bandwagon… he plans to shoot the sequels at the new 48 frames per second format. Provided The Hobbit does well at the box office, of course.
So… film will look slightly more realistic. Well, that’s great. I can only hope he puts as much effort into the plot.
Source: The West Australian
Disney’s Maleficent, a live-action take on the villainess from the animated 1959 movie Sleeping Beauty, is currently in post-production and getting ready for release next year. Meanwhile, Maleficent director Robert Stromberg is looking to the future and his follow-up project.
According to Variety, Stromberg will be making a film called Safari as his sophomore effort. The trade publication pitches Safari as, “Jurassic Park meets Avatar,” which conjures up an image of some planet somewhere where dinosaurs still run wild and free, until some evil corporation shows up and makes it a pen where rich bastards can pay to hunt them. Anyway, it’s got possibility.
The announcement of the film accompanied the official launch of Hydra Entertainment, a “development studio focused on producing live-action and CG movies.” Safari will be one of its first productions.
More news as it develops.
Source: Cinema Blend
Yeah, so that headline doesn’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense, so let’s decompile.
First of all you know about this thing called Avatar, a film loosely based on the story of Pocahontas (shhhhh) but set it space. It made like a billion billion dollars at the box office, or something. Anyway, for Avatar 2 (and 3 and 4 – maybe), filmmaker James Cameron is looking east, to China, to secure further financing for his 3-D opus.
According to Cameron, the Chinese market, flush and growing with cash, is a place he wants to do business, and part in parcel with that is the possibility that some Chinese actors maybe employed to play human and Na’vi roles in the films.
Here’s what Cameron told THR:
Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production. We are already funded on Avatar 2 and 3, but if we qualify as a co-production, there might be some incentives in the percentage of revenue we can take out of China. We are running the numbers to see if that makes sense.
For Avatar, we can certainly use Chinese actors as performance capture actors because any accent issues will hide within the Na’vi accent. So we can have Chinese Na’vi; [and in the live-action sequences] we can also have Chinese actors who speak English in the film. We are projecting a future in Avatar, and if you project that future out, it is logical that there would be a number of Chinese amongst the contingent on Pandora.
Not a new idea, the universe of Joss Whedon’s Firefly was one in which America and China founded the new solar system in a joint venture, hence the bilingual crew of Serenity. Just one question though: how can the Na’vi have different races if they’re all blue?
Think about it.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Sure the release dates keep getting pushed back and there’s also all that talk about a fourth movie in the series, but right now filmmaker James Cameron is putting his focus on penning the back to back sequels to Avatar, the number one money-maker of all time in film.
While talking to Coming Soon, Cameron reiterated his plan to take us into Pandora’s oceans in the sequels, and the director says that his focus on the new setting is to draw parallels with environmental issues here on Earth as opposed to creature-porn with all the weird and wonderful species “Under Da Sea!” on Pandora.
“We’re doing ‘Avatar’ films now, so we’re making up an ocean ecosystem for Pandora. That’s gonna have less to do with the deep exploration that I’ve done than it has to do with my concerns about conservation of Earth’s oceans. The fact that we’re basically overfishing, climate change… a few degrees of temperature rise are gonna basically take out the coral reefs. All those beautiful images of the coral environments we all grew up with won’t exist in 50 years at the rate we’re going in terms of pumping greenhouse gases into the environment. These are the things that concern me.”
“I hope that explains it, ’cause people have connected the dots directly together. ‘Oh, going to the challenger deep has a direct connection to what we’re going to see in Avatar 2,’ and that’s not the case at all. It’s all the scuba diving I did before I even started the deep ocean stuff that has more of a direct connection to Avatar 2 & 3, which by the way won’t take place completely in or under the water. That’s just part of the environment of Pandora that we’re going to see.”
Another thing that Cameron’s conscious of: finding the right place to break the story between the scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Here’s what Cameron told Hero Complex:
“It’s a little bit of a daunting writing task because it’s two scripts and they’ve both gotta be done at the same time… I’m writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film. I don’t want to suffer from the ‘Matrix 2′ problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It’s gotta end. There’s gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that’s a fine line.”
I’m right there with you, Jim. I remember seeing The Matrix Reloaded in the theater and sitting in my seat stunned for a couple of minutes trying to comprehend how the movie suddenly ended where it did, while trying to remember for the life of me who that guy who was unconscious next to Neo. Hopefully, Cameron is a more skillful writer than Wachowskis. Of course, he did turn the story of Pocahontas into a Star Wars pastiche and made a mint doing it, so anything’s possible.
While James Cameron is working on the next two installments to the Avatar franchise he created, he spoke with MTV about the possibility of a fourth film. If it were to happen, it’d be a prequel to the story we all know so well by now, explaining the early expeditions of Pandora:
I have an idea for a fourth. I haven’t really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.
Because when we drop in, even in the first film in ‘Avatar 1,’ as it will be known in the future, we’re dropping into a process that’s 35 years in to a whole colonization. That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we’ll start, not imitating ‘Star Wars,’ but it’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan.
Seems like there’s definitely a lot of meat in these stories to be able to expand the film universe in the way that George Lucas did with Star Wars. I’m actually interested in seeing the lead-up to everything we’ve seen so far in this universe.
Cameron went on to talk about the next two films, which he’s currently working on and “writing two scripts together as one big thing”:
We’ve spent two years refining the whole pipeline. It was a hideously complex process to make that film and a lot has been said about that, but we don’t want it to be done in the same prototypical way as the first one, we want it to be a much smoother workflow just for creativity reasons.
Where do the ideas come from? Well, he clearly has a TARDIS and won’t admit to it:
You know, Peter Jackson had it easy, he already had the books. He had the books. Now if I had a time machine I could go forward and watch the movies and then come back, but I don’t!
On top of working on Avatar, Cameron still plans to get the film adaptation of the sci-fi manga series, Battle Angel, on the road.
Some of us wish that James Cameron’s Avatar was nothing more than a bad dream that we will eventually wake up from. But that multi-million dollar piece of plotless eye candy hit big, so apparently there’s millions of someones out there that like it. In order to capitalize on the Avatar insanity, Disney and Cameron got together and decided they were going to make a giant-ass theme-park attraction. It looks like that idea has, however, hit a few snags.
The James Cameron’s World of Avatar was announced last year, with construction set to begin next year. It is to be a part of Disney’s Florida Animal Kingdom and would recreate the world of Pandora, adding some rides and merch stores while leaving out the excessive CGI. Basically, it’s a money-maker in the vein of the Harry Potter world, except foresty and filled with giant blue people.
Rumors surrounding the project now say that it doesn’t seem to be making any progress. One major complication attributed to the delays appears to be James Cameron being a complete pain in the ass to deal with, marching off whenever he gets into an artistic disagreement with the Disney Imagineers. Kinda makes it hard to build the stuff when the main guy is nowhere to be found, I guess.
If the park has indeed been pushed and, as has already been confirmed, the Avatar sequels are being pushed back as well, we may, gratefully, be able to enjoy another 3 or more years without fkn Avatar further blighting our world. This news may be proof that there is a God.
Thanks to /film for the info on this one.