She battled the Goblin King in Labyrinth, took out Nazis in The Rocketeer, had her mind wiped in Dark City and now she is going to be taking on Alita. Hollywood’s forthcoming adaptation of the hit Manga and Anime, Battle Angel Alita (Known as Gunnm (銃夢) in Japanese) has cast Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (Requiem For A Dream, A Beautiful Mind, and Hulk) in the role of an as yet unnamed villain. (more…)
Pretty much every blockbuster movie that comes out nowadays gives you the option to see the film in 3D. Sure, it’s a little more expensive, but sometimes it really makes the movie more enjoyable. Other times, of course, it’s a gimmick for the movie studios to squeeze a few extra bucks out of the public. As we now live in a 3D film world, good or bad, love it or hate it, there’s one person we really can thanks to for it: James Cameron.
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.
Been wondering what rock James Cameron has been hiding under, and what he’s working on? Well wonder no more! He recently spoke to Fox News about his work on the Avatar sequels, and these are the little snippets from that interview.
Cameron on the story and production plans for the film:
“We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc – not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that. We’re doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We’re creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that’s not already dead is coming back.”
Cameron on expectations for the next Avatar films to deliver more than the first:
“There’s always an expectation. I had to deal with that after ‘The Terminator’ back in 1984. All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was ‘what are you doing next?’ But my job is take the audience on a journey and entertain them,” he said. “The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora. I don’t think about that stuff, about standing on a red carpet. It has its own life, really. The characters have their own lives.”
Cameron plans for these sequels to be released in December of 2014 and 2015. If you think that the first film was gigantic, well he is planning for these sequels to be big enough to provide some jobs here in the States. Jon Landau has estimated that 700 prospective jobs are available with this planned trilogy. Avatar exploded the 3-D market by showing the beauty and details that make the world in the film feel real and relatable to the audience.
With how well the first film did I am looking forward to see what he can still pull out of the Pandora Universe. What are your thoughts on this expected sequel?