So it’s finally official that James Cameron is finally going to start work on his long-time project Avatar. The man certainly knows how to make amazing, gripping films… heck, my number one all-time favorite movie was directed by him: Aliens. And much as I hate to admit it, yes, I actually like Titanic.
I could be WAY off the mark, but the thing that worries me a little bit is that it’s been 10 years since Cameron has directed a feature film. That’s a long time to be out of the director’s chair.
According to Variety Cameron has already been working on this for one and a half years, and it’s going to be a $200 million, 3-D, Sci Fi extravaganza with a little romance thrown in (for the ladies, I’m sure). He’s casting relative unknowns for lead roles, which I think is a good thing.
Over the past few years Cameron has really gotten into the geek-tech side of moviemaking and he’s a huge fan of 3D in movies. Personally I think the tech has come a long way and I’ve enjoyed recent implementations of it (Superman Returns, Monster House) quite a bit. Hopefully he won’t go “George Lucas” on us by getting so wrapped up in the visual effects that he forgets about story and character development.
It’s slated for release sometime in 2009(!) and I’ll be sure to follow this one closely.