Published On: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018

James Cameron likens ‘Avatar 2’ to ‘Godfather,’ hates on superhero films, talks ‘Terminator’ reboot

James Cameron may have a resume of blockbuster success, but his remarks at times leave fans scratching their heads. This may one of those times as the Terminator director likened his Avatar films to The Godfather and basked the superhero genre.

At the press day for Cameron’s upcoming six-part docu-series James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, Cameron updated fans on the production and his planned reboot of The Terminator franchise.

On Avatar 2 and Avatar 3: Cameron revealed that he’s about “one-hundred” days into production on the sequels – both of which are shooting concurrently. “In terms of the story we’re telling…” Cameron explained, “I’ve found myself as a father of five starting to think about what would an Avatar story be like if it was a family drama. What if it was The Godfather? So that’s what [the Avatar sequels are]  – it’s a generational family saga. That’s very different than the first film. There’s still the same setting and the same respect for the ‘shock of the new’. We still want to show you things that you haven’t even seen or imagined, but the story is very different. It’s a continuation of the same characters… but what happens when warriors who are willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs, what happens when they grow up and have their own kids? It becomes a very different story. Now the kids are the risk takers and the change makers…” 

There is already plans for Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 and Cameron confirmed that he still knows “the story through the end of five, where it’s all going. We’ve done most of the design work though – so we know what the characters and the creatures and the location design look like… I’m personally committed to all of them.”

Orlando visitors may love the news that at Pandora at Disney World, if they pay close attention – as per Cameron – “new creatures from the sequels” are peppered throughout the park. 

As for Cameron’s planned The Terminator reboot: He confessed that he had to take a more nuanced approach to reflect our present day reality.

“We’re developing a new Terminator film. And The Terminator films are all about artificial intelligence. But I would say we’re looking at it differently than when I wrote the first story in 1982. That was just your classic ‘technology bad, smart computers bad’ kind of thing. Nowadays though – it’s got to be a much more nuanced perspective. So its ‘Smart computers bad… BUT…’ That’s the new motif.” 

“I’m hoping we’re going to start getting Avenger fatigue,” Cameron complained at a press event, taking a jab at superhero films.

During an interview with Indiewire, Cameron says that people will tire of comic book movies soon.

“Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!” said Cameron.

Avatar 2 hits theaters December 2020 and The Terminator arrives on November 22, 2019.

James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction airs on AMC Monday, April 30th.

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