The story that came out of Avatar: The Way of Water continues to thrive in the box office. James Cameron looks back on his filmography.
He asked in the interview whether he had any hesitation in creating the sequel to Ridley Scotts Alien. Though Cameron wasn’t worried, he shared that a famed producer warned him not to take on the project.
After I was about to get started, I had lunch with the bigshot producer, who said: “This is an option” for you. If you’re good at your movies, Ridley gets it. If it was bad, the hell it was all you were doing. It’s a career sexy woman’, said Cameron. I said a word, I’m happy. I’m maybe a dumbass fanboy, but I couldn’t see it as clearly in my head that I’d have to just go do it.
The director spoke to the studio director and his director about how he made the sequel title.
And yes, it’s true, recalled Cameron. I was at a meeting with the studio chef and the executive producers, and I turned over my script and on the blank side of the last page I wrote Alien. So we got an S in the end. Then I drew two vertical lines through the S and lowered them to show them. Perhaps it was just Pavlovian conditioning when they saw the $ sign link to Alien. Or maybe that was the self-confidence I was planning. But they say yes.
Camerons latest film is Avatar: The Way of Water, which he wrote and directed. The sequel to the Avatar series has a return for Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver.
Three more films are planned, the threetentatively scheduled for December 2024, the four sets for December 18, 2026, the fifth will be held for December 2228.