"We have a story crisis," he said (translated). "Now they want to make the ‘Battleship’ game into a film. This is pure desperation. Everyone in Hollywood knows how important it is that a film is a brand before it hit theaters. If a brand has been around, ‘Harry Potter’ for example, or ‘Spider-Man,’ you are light years ahead. And there lies the problem. Because unfortunately these franchises are become more ridiculous. ‘Battleship.’ This degrades the cinema."
Cameron continued by mentioning that the only reason Warner Bros split up the last Harry Potter book into two movies was due to the fact the studio wanted more money — calling the movie “excessive.”
I find this all very interesting, seeing as how Cameron directed the sequel to his own Terminator film, wrote/directed the first sequel to Alien seven years after the original, and is currently working on two sequels to his recent film Avatar. Cameron really shouldn’t be complaining about sequels, seeing as how Terminator 2 was bigger than the original in every way. As for him complaining about studios wanting more money…Cameron has released Terminator 2 in three separate editions on DVD alone; he released Avatar in theaters twice, created two separate DVD and Blu-ray editions of the same film, and is currently converting Titanic to 3D for re-release in theaters and on DVD/Blu-ray. Another thing that angers me about this is the fact that he COMPLAINS about Hollywood getting lazy and running out of story ideas when Avatar (which he wrote) almost literally steals its story from movies like Pocahontas, The Last Samurai, and Dances with Wolves. I mean, really guy? Are you that egotistical and stupid? James Cameron (whose films I used to love) is quickly becoming one of my least favorite people – a complete hypocrite and someone who really needs to keep their mouth shut.
Honestly, does anyone out there want two more Avatar sequels anyway? I sure don’t. I mean, the story wasn’t that engaging – the only reason I saw it/bought the original Blu-ray/DVD was because it looked great. I have no motivation whatsoever to go back to those characters or that world. I am sorry, but that movie didn’t deserve a quarter of the praise that it did (especially that Best Picture nomination it got, which was a complete joke).
So I know I have made my point, what do you guys think?