After director James Cameron made a name for himself with Terminator and Aliens, he was given the rare position in Hollywood of being allowed to do whatever he wanted, spending whatever budget he thought was necessary. That would eventually lead to Titanic and Avatar, but the seeds for both were planted in The Abyss, Cameron’s 1989 flick about deep sea diving that at the time was one of the most ambitious films made.
American adaptions of Japanese properties tend to not go very well, with one exception. Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel, based on the manga series Battle Angel Alita, is the one such adaption I haven’t heard anyone say anything negative about. In fact, most people love it. The only problem is, the massive following it has today wasn’t there in 2019 when the film came out. Alita only did okay at the box office, and given how expensive it was to make, 20th Century Fox put aside all hopes for a sequel.
I first learned about James Cameron when the first part of the Terminator Franchise, Terminator, was released in 1984. It is not often that fans pay attention to movie directors, but the film was written and directed by the same person, and this moved me to investigate the story behind it.
When a Movie makes a Billion dollars in the box office, It is usually considered a success. However, in the case of Avatar: Way of Water it will be considered a bomb. James Cameron said in an interview that the movie needs to make $2. to break even. This movie took 13 years to make and the budget and marketing is pass $250, not including marketing. Also movie producers have to split some earnings to Theater owners. So Imagine all the pressure people behind this movie had been through.
The third trailer for Avatar 2 was released yesterday, but there’s not that much difference between it and the previous two. There’s swimming, and then there’s more swimming. It is subtitled The Way Of Water, so it’s not like the name is inaccurate, but we feel like it needs a bit more than this to hold our interest.
Avatar was one of James Cameron‘s biggest films. It made $2.922 billion back in 2009. At first, I thought I would wait for 4 years to see the sequel, but it took 13 years before we got to return to the extrasolar moon, called Pandora. This extrasolar moon revolves around the gas giant planet Polyphemus. James Cameron once said he wanted to explore the nearby moons of Polyphemus. I wonder if this is that film.
For a long time there’s been this crowd waiting with anticipation for one of James Cameron’s big pet projects to bomb. When reports came out of Titanic going way over budget, people thought it’d be that one — nope, biggest hit of 1997. When trailers for Avatar began showing up, and South Park accurately parodied the film before it was released, everyone thought “this is gonna be Cameron’s crash down to Earth,” but — nope, biggest hit of 2009.
In the wild west of the Internet, it’s difficult to know what information to trust. Some anecdotes have waffled back and forth between “this is true” and “this is just a myth” — one that comes to mind is the story that Donkey Kong got his name from Shigeru Miyamoto looking into a Japanese thesaurus and seeing “donkey” listed as a synonym for “stubborn.” I’m pretty sure I read an interview where he confirmed this happened, but there is still a debate going around on whether it did.
The date of the apocalypse in Terminator 2 was said to be August 29, 1997. That date came and gone, but Fox figured the world’s most recent August 29 — yesterday — was a good time to release a new Terminator Dark Fate trailer. (And if they ever try to make a “Terminator Holiday” in the vein of Star Wars or Aliens Day, this is probably the date they have in mind.) So here it is, on the Day After Judgment Day…a new peek.
The Terminator Dark Fate panel at SDCC 2019 did not show off a new trailer (perhaps that’s coming later), but it did reveal two interesting facts about the film no one knew before.
We have to say we’re pleased with the massive list of special features for the home video release of Alita: Battle Angel, which was announced today. A lot of today’s movies don’t put nearly as much effort into their disc versions as they did in the glory days of the 2000s, but not Alita. Alita does it right, with a mountain of extras larger than the title character’s eyeballs.
James Cameron has made some boastful comments of late as to plans for two movie brands he helped shape into being: Terminator and Avatar. Apparently he wants to make four or five sequels set in the land of the blue giants, aka Pandora…but realistically, can he promise that many this far away from making just one?