This trip thru the decades offers up some intriguing tidbits about Cameron as he was first developing his film-making career. Some of the articles below are quotes from reviews of his earlier movies. Rather than posting details about the film review itself, we cherry picked snippets that reveal interesting perspectives on the young James Cameron.
November 1984 -
Time.com: The Terminator
Director James Cameron (who wrote the script with Producer Gale Anne Kurd) has a superefficient editing style that uses slow motion, pixilation and infra-red opticals to make this the smartest looking L.A. nighttown movie since The Driver.
February 1985 -
Rookie Directors are Making Their Marks
It is the fantasy of every rookie who makes it to the major leagues to put a stamp on his debut by hitting a home run in his first at-bat. With some very rare exceptions, the law of averages ordains that this remains a fantasy. Reality is a feeble tap back to the mound. The debut list includes: Alex Cox, Repo Man; Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Nick Castle, The Last Starfighter; James Cameron, Terminator.
May 1985 -
Why a Rambo II? For Muddiest of Reasons
. . . "Rambo" is a movie with absolutely no inner life. It's a series of exhortations punctuated by bomb bursts. (The screenplay, co-written by [Sylvester Stallone] and "The Terminator's" James Cameron, oddly combines Cameron's zingy paranoia with Stallone's muscle-flexing optimism.)
June 1986 -
Talk About Stories! He's Analyzed Most of Them
Throughout the years, Boswell trained himself to adapt to changing movie trends. He was able to separate the good trash from the trash and his own intellectual biases didn't alter his judgment. It was Boswell who raved to Paramount about James Cameron's script for "The Terminator," which Orion ended up producing. "I thought it was the most exciting action script I had ever read. Everything in that script left you with your tongue hanging out."
July 1986 -
Aliens Sequel to sci-fi classic has thrills aplenty but strikes an unusual note with motherhood theme
In the making of the sequel Aliens, writer/director James Cameron employed many of the same audience-grabbing techniques he used to such effect in The Terminator, his first big hit: the technology, the pacing, the explosive action, the wry humor. But there's something else there, too. Something . . . maternal. "We tried to communicate more with the action cutting," explains producer [Gale Anne Hurd].
May 1989 -
Movie Makers are Whistlin' Dixie
The movie is "The Abyss," and its budget is a closely guarded secret. The plot is a secret, too, for the most part. But it's no secret that the movie is being made by the husband-wife duo of James Cameron and Gail Anne Hurd, one of Hollywood's hottest moviemaking teams.
July 1989 -
The running time-of 2 hours 16 minutes-makes "The Abyss" the summer's longest pic. This after [James Cameron] trimmed 22 minutes from a 2-hour, 38-minute version he screened about a month ago. Keeping up with "The Abyss" is like fighting a riptide.
April 1990 -
Two New Dive-In Movies: `The Abyss' and `Big Blue'
If the rest of the film were as good as that startling footage, "The Abyss" was certain to be the most exciting adventure film of the year. But, alas, what we'd been shown were two of the best episodes in a film that lacked a cohesive narrative. The delays were actually due to emergency salvage operations on the story being told, not the effects. When "The Abyss" finally opened, it looked like the projectionist had misplaced a couple of reels. "The Abyss" works better as a PG-13 video rental than as a theatrical event.
May 1990 -
The Abyss Effects by Dream Quest: Oscar but no profit
Effects look better on screen than balance sheet. Although Dream Quest Images won an Oscar for its optical wizardry in `The Abyss,' the company actually lost money on the project. Despite the boost it gave Dream Quest's reputation, "The Abyss" must have caused Dream Quest's accountants to fret. The project actually cost 5% to 8% more to complete than Dream Quest was paid, according to Keith Shartle, executive producer of feature film projects at the company.
July 1990 -
Twists in the Plot for 3D Alien Film
When James Cameron made the sequel Aliens four years ago, lovers of World War II movies said he had cleverly reworked combat-movie conventions on an interplanetary scale. Both movies attained landmark status in the annals of screen science fiction and set a standard.
August 1990 -
Weaver Sues for Share of `Aliens' Profits
Actress Sigourney Weaver and the producers and director of the hit monster film "Aliens" sued 20th Century Fox, claiming the studio devoured their profits. The suit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Weaver, writer-director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd and executive producer Gordon Carroll. The suit contends Fox withheld profits, breaching contracts that guaranteed the four plaintiffs . . .
October 1990 -
Look out for Terminator - Fremont location for action movie
Hollywood's "Terminator," complete with rippling muscles and Austrian accent, will bring some of his movie mayhem Friday to a vacant Fremont office building. Explosions, gunfire, car crashes and helicopters will rock the Warm Springs industrial area as a production company films scenes for "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," starring box office king Arnold Schwarzenegger. Filming is set to begin Friday night, and resume Monday.
January 1991 -
Kings of Sci-fi B-flicks
Directors Ridley Scott and James Cameron have got to be the twin godheads of recent sci-fi B flicks. Without the former's Alien and Blade Runner and the latter's Aliens and The Terminator, all those cheapies larding the video store shelves wouldn't have punk-industrial sets, ravenous space beasties, traitorous cyborgs, or a thick air of hip paranoia. Instead, they'd be Star Wars knockoffs.
March 1991 -
The Highs and Lows of Future Special Effects Movies
Carolco's "Terminator 2," another [Arnold Schwarzenegger] vehicle, is big. Producer-director James Cameron is said to have a personal marketing slogan for the film: "It will mess you up permanently." Cameron's "The Abyss" took the Oscar last year for ILM's groundbreaking computer-generated water pod as well as Dream Quest's elaborate miniatures and underwater photography; ILM has quadrupled its corps of computer artisans to meet the needs of the script. Negative costs may reach $88 million, according to trade-paper gossip-$15 million for the star and $17 million for the effects.
April 1991 -
This Terminator isn't Half as Scary as it's Budget
Some 40 minutes north of Los Angeles, production is being completed on Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the movie that Hollywood insiders are predicting will be the costliest piece of celluloid ever made. For nearly five months, star Arnold Schwarzenegger, director James Cameron, and five separate special effects houses have been shooting the sequel to the 1984 film that starred Schwarzenegger as a rampaging cyborg. Estimates for the cost of making the action-packed 1991 version range as high as $100 million.
June 1991 -
The Merlins of the Movies - `Terminator 2' technicians test the limits
Cameron and coproducer and visual effects producer B.J. Rack "threw down the gauntlet" when they approached several of the top companies in the business, including Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and the firm of Stan Winston. ILM, Winston and the others took up Cameron's challenge, but not without strong reservations. Even Rack, who produced the visual effects for "Total Recall," was "initially horrified" by the extent of the innovation required "in what amounted to half the usual time needed for a project of this scope and complexity.
July 1991 -
`Terminator's' Generator James Cameron Says He Uses Violence to Make a Point
Amateur cameraman George Holliday shot scenes on the set of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action epic, "Terminator 2," at a location two blocks from his Lake View Terrace home, before capturing the beating. "That, to me, is the most amazing irony considering that the LAPD are strongly represented in `Terminator 2' as being a dehumanized force," says [James Cameron], the film's writer-director. "What the film is about, on the symbolic level, is the dehumanization we do on a daily basis."
August 1991 -
The Pirates of Hollywood
''The CIA could take a lesson from us in security-that's how paranoid we are,'' says Larry Kasanoff, head of Terminator 2 director James Cameron's production company. Indeed, everybody who read the T2 script had to sign a secrecy oath, and serial numbers printed in red ink ran diagonally across each page so any bootlegged copies could be easily traced. ''People got really nervous when they signed that piece of paper,'' Kasanoff says with a laugh. ''But it prevented rampant copying — that talent agency let's-make-a-bunch-and-send-them- out-type thinking.'' The system worked; no one absconded with a T2 script.
September 1991 -
Cameron Eyeing Spiderman
If an anxiety-ridden caped crusader can do it, Marvel Comics' legendary Spider-Man might also have a shot at the big time. James Cameron (Terminator 2) is reportedly eyeing SpiderMan, a project that has been in development at Sony Pictures (formerly Columbia Pictures). Since Cameron has the clout of a superhero himself now, thanks to T2, Spidey has acquired new importance, according to industry insiders.
October 1991 -
Terminator 2 About to Hit $200-Million
The movie's producer, Carolco Pictures, estimates that when overseas runs are completed, "Terminator 2" will have an international gross nearing $250 million. The $200 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales means that "Terminator 2" becomes the 13th highest-grossing picture among U.S. box-office champs. For Carolco and distributor TriStar Pictures, the movie's enormous success vindicates the nearly $100-million investment for production, advertising, [Arnold Schwarzenegger]'s estimated $12.5-million salary and director James Cameron's $6-million fee.
November 1991 -
Screen violence would stop if it didn't sell tickets, filmmakers say. Director of `Aliens' says people would chop off one anothers' heads even if all movies were like `Driving Miss Daisy.' Sure, actor Edward James Olmos talked hypothetically of slashing the man sitting next to him, "Terminator 2" director James Cameron, in the face with broken glass as the pair disagreed over film content. In the end, Olmos, Cameron, [Charles Dutton], [Paul Verhoeven] and other Hollywood leaders taking part in the unusual forum seemed to agree that American moviegoers get what they pay for.
December 1991 -
The Kindest Cut Laser Discs Give Directors a Second Chance at Their Films
James Cameron] said he has been toying with the idea of reinserting some scenes, about 10 minutes in all, for a laser release of his $60-million epic "The Abyss." But that would be a costly task because many of the special effects were never finished. Cameron said production on the laser edition of "Aliens," for which the scenes were more complete, cost about $100,000.
April 1992 -
Fox Locks In Cameron With a 5-Year Deal Worth $500 Million
In the age of megadeals, one of the biggest of them all was announced today when 20th Century Fox and James Cameron, the director of "Terminator 2" and other films, signed a five-year agreement the studio said was valued at about $500 million. Joe Roth, the chairman of Fox studios, said the amount represented a portion of the costs of the next 12 films that Mr. Cameron will produce for the studio, 4 of which he will direct. The arrangement is unusual in that it gives a director artistic control over all of his films, as well as enormous financial leverage and independence.
June 1992 -
Cool Laser Discs
The trendiest way to prove you've arrived as a Hollywood auteur isn't having your own mega-production deal, like Terminator 2director James Cameron. It's releasing outtake-laden video versions of your movies exclusively on laserdisc — like James Cameron. For a $100 disc of Aliens, he restored 17 minutes of cut scenes and appended the entire screenplay, behind-the-scenes pictures, and info on how the effects were done.
October 1992 -
Will Arnie blow up T.O. in Terminator 3?
Anybody who saw Terminator 2 would have thought that old [Arnie] had bought the farm. Scuttlebutt has it that they're scouting locations here for Terminator 3. [Linda Hamilton] and Terminator director James Cameron were spotted having drinks at the Four Seasons Tuesday night with what appeared to be a locations crew.
February 1993 -
As Hollywood Waits for New Work, Cameron Surfaces With Longer Cut of '89 Film
On Friday, Fox will release a longer "special edition" of The Abyss at Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City and at a theater in New York in advance to distributing the movie on laser disc. Although Fox is opening the movie in only two theaters in New York and Los Angeles, they may give it a wider release if it finds an audience. They looked at the success that Warner Bros. had last year with Ridley Scott's cut of "Blade Runner" and gave Cameron the go-ahead.
April 1993 -
The Abyss Special Edition
His movies deal obsessively with high-tech hardware, so it's not surprising that writer-director James Cameron (Aliens, both Terminators) has gone on record to pooh-pooh the comparatively low-tech VHS video format as ''crap- vision.'' And that antitape bias is why you may not find The Abyss Special Edition on tape anytime soon. One look at either of these Abyss disc sets and you can understand why Cameron's gung ho.
May 1993 -
IBM has invested $10 million in a digital production studio. Called Digital Domain, it's headed by Terminator 2 producer James Cameron, who will produce all of his special characters and effects there for the next five years. The studio's president is Scott A. Ross, former general manager of the special-effects shop Industrial Light & Magic. Ross figures film characters created in the studio can also generate income from video games, T-shirts, and TV commercial licensing deals.
July 1993 -
Letterbox vs. Pan-Scan: Debate Goes On
Director James Cameron, who has used laser discs to produce some excellent director cuts of his films, shocked purists recently when he said he prefers pan-and-scan versions over widescreen laser editions. He believes pan-and-scan is superior in many ways to letterboxing because of the poor resolving power of video. "The Abyss," for example, was shot in the Super-35 process, allowing improved video transfer.
August 1993 -
Jamie Lee Curtis Signs on with Cameron's True Lies
Jamie Lee Curtis has been cast opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Arnold in James Cameron's True Lies. The summer 1994 release, which Cameron wrote and will direct and produce, is the first film to emerge from a multiyear agreement among the director's Lightstorm Entertainment. . .
September 1993 -
The "Spider Man" pic is going to be live and big-budget, not animated, and James Cameron has just written the script, say execs at Carolco, who have visions of "Batman" dancing in their heads. If the film clicks, there'll be an animated TV series.
October 1993 -
Saving Film History
Harrison Ford, director James Cameron and producer Saul Zaentz have donated $50,000 each to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Center for Motion Picture Study in Los Angeles. ''These contributions will go a long way toward preserving the history of film -- a history to which each has contributed significant chapters," academy president Arthur Hiller said Monday.
December 1993 -
Cameron - Arnold Too Tan
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one action-adventure hero who's not afraid to hit the heights. While filming True Lies in Miami with Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold, Schwarzenegger spent at least three days in a Harrier jump jet bolted to the roof of a 20-story office building. It wasn't until director James Cameron (Terminator 2) decided the star was getting too tan that a stunt double was summoned.
July 1994 -
"I don't think I ever really had any respect for American culture," confesses James Cameron, the Ontario-born filmmaker. T-shirt slogans have become something of a Cameron film-set tradition. During the problem-plagued production of The Abyss, the slogan of choice was "Life's Abyss and then you dive." The True Lives crew sported shirts that read "You can't scare me - I work for Jim Cameron," and the stuntmen had "purple heart" patches sewn onto their sleeves.
August 1994 -
Burden of True
After raking in $62 million in just two weeks, True Lies has eased fears about recouping its reported $120 million budget. But Arnold Schwarzenegger's actioner is now embroiled in another sort of trouble, a controversy involving charges of racism and sexism. A loose coalition of Arab-American organizations picketed the film's mid-July opening in more than 10 cities across the country, protesting its cartoonish depiction of fanatical, kaffiyeh-clad Arab terrorists.
January 1995 -
Spiderman to Arrive Summer 1996
Also, Terminator director James Cameron is planning to put Spidey on the big-screen in summer 1996. What helped set Spider-Man apart, Lee says, was that he was the first superhero who had to worry about things like making ends meet
February 1995 -
Terminator - No OJ Please
The film's director, James Cameron, ''thought it was a terrible idea but went along with it,'' the magazine quotes an industry source as saying. ''It was Arnold who objected to the casting. Besides, people wouldn't have believed a nice guy like OJ Simpson playing the part of a ruthless killer.
May 1995 -
Cameron's View on Cyber-revolution
Not everyone in Hollywood is sold on the cyberrevolution. At least that's the word from some heavy hitters who weighed in at L.A.'s Artists Rights Digital Technology Symposium last month. Explaining why movies will outlast point-and-click CD-ROM adventures, director James Cameron (Terminator 2) told EW, ''Most people don't have the arrogance to sit down in front of something that has taken years to create and think they can re-create as compelling a story in a matter of seconds.''
October 1995 -
New videos shot inside Titanic intrigue scientists
James Cameron's film crew used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with a video camera to explore the Titanic's interior. Cameron said he had not planned to go inside the ship at all, but the robotic vehicle worked so well he decided to give it a try. Exterior scenes of the wreck were filmed with a high-resolution 35mm camera. One mesmerizing video sequence was recorded inside two first- class staterooms, revealing a fireplace and fallen wall sconce.
February 1996 -
Cox Enterprises to Become Partner in Cameron's Digital Domain
Newspaper and cable television giant Cox Enterprises Inc. said Wednesday that it has become an equity owner in Digital Domain, a leading Hollywood visual effects company. The company is owned by a group that includes movie director James Cameron and IBM Corp. Digital Domain's ownership will now be split three ways among Cox, IBM and its founding partners--Cameron, special effects wizard Stan Winston and Digital Domain Chief Executive Scott Ross--as well as some other employees of the Venice-based firm.
March 1996 -
Master of His Domain [Link no longer available]
James Cameron's F/X House -- The entertainment mogul moves on from ''Apollo 13'' to new pursuits
Art director, screenwriter, producer, and director James Cameron has worn many berets over his 20-year film career. Now that his visual-effects studio, Digital Domain, has garnered its second Academy Award nomination, for Apollo 13, Cameron is eyeing a few new chapeaus. The entrepreneurial three-year-old Digital Domain — which Cameron cofounded with former Industrial Light and Magic exec Scott Ross and Oscar-winning creature creator Stan Winston — is challenging the industry dominance of George Lucas' mammoth 21-year-old ILM.
April 1996 -
Winslet boards the Titanic
"Sense and Sensibility" Oscar nominee Kate Winslet has been signed by hydro-obsessed director James Cameron ("The Abyss") to star in "Titanic." Winslet will play a passenger on the ocean liner, but the project isn't exactly a remake of the Barbara Stanwyck-Clifton Webb disaster pic.
May 1996 -
The Terminator returns -- in 3D
By Richard P. Carpenter
The Terminator is back, and he's in your face. Literally. This time around, Arnold Schwarzenegger's sarcastic cyborg is the hero of a wild new attraction at Universal Studios Florida that blends a three-dimensional movie with just about every other kind of theme-park technology: animatronic robots, motion simulation, ear-shattering stereo and surprising special effects. The 12-minute show, titled ``Terminator 2 3-D, the Battle Across Time'' has been up and running since late April, and crowd reaction has largely been, ``Wow!''
June 1996 -
Spiderman in Limbo
Fans of James Cameron keep asking when we'll see ``Spider-Man,'' which is a pet project the filmmaker has been trying to get off the ground for years now. But for some reason, which has never been reasonably explained in any Cameron interview, the controversial filmmaker hasn't been able to clear the rights for a feature film about Stan Lee's web-spinning superhero comic-book character.
July 1996 -
Hollywood sees double on `Titanic'
Hollywood Director James Cameron's movie "Titanic" may have the most elaborate special effects, the biggest budget and the largest-ever water tank, but a small-screen version probably will be launched first. CBS plans to air a four-hour miniseries also called "Titanic" in November. That's when Cameron, director of "True Lies" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," will be about two months into principal photography on his version.
August 1996 -
Anne Rice: Regarding "The Mummy," a book I wrote some years ago: James Cameron [director of "The Terminator"] is presently working hard on a script for it. I don't plan a sequel anytime soon. Jim Cameron is very committed to making a movie of "The Mummy," and I want to give him the space he deserves. But that won't stop me from returning to Ramses at some later date, with all my usual independence. I couldn't be happier about Cameron's acquisition of "The Mummy."
September 1996 -
A Titanic Dustup Leaves Film Crew Reeling
By George Rush
The voyage of "Titanic" is turning out to be nearly as harrowing for the crew of James Cameron's movie as it was for the passengers of the ill-fated ocean liner. Last month, Cameron, his star Bill Paxton and about 50 crew members of the $100 million epic were rushed to a hospital. Doctors in Nova Scotia, where the film was being shot, initially suspected food poisoning. But lab tests later revealed that someone slipped the drug PCP (angel dust) into their midnight dinner of seafood.
November 1996 -
100 Million, Titanic Budget Rising
Industry executives are holding their collective breath in anticipation of next summer, when there are numerous movies in that stratosphere, including "Titanic," "Speed 2," "Starship Troopers," "Fifth Element," and "Air Force One." "It's the vogue," says Disney Studios Chairman Joe Roth. "The problem is every studio has two or three of these movies and the marketplace won't expand and support all of them." He notes, "We've seen this summer coming for two years and the problem will be if you have one of these titles that don't catch fire, you're going to lose a lot."
January 1997 -
By David Hochman
Even in the wake of Waterworld, Hollywood is convinced that it's safe to go back in the water. Case in point: director James Cameron's blockbuster wannabe Titanic, now shooting in Mexico and scheduled for release in July, which is well on its way to becoming the costliest movie ever made. True, the public's curiosity about the 1912 disaster runs deep (there's even a Broadway musical account set to open in the spring), but with a budget already soaring somewhere between $125 million and $180 million, Titanic's voyage is a full-throttle sink-or-swim venture.
February 1997 -
Hamilton finally agrees to marry Terminator director James Cameron
By Bruce Kirkland
Actress Linda Hamilton has finally agreed to marry the man who fathered her three-year-old daughter Josephine - two years after he first proposed. "It will be soon," she said of getting married again, this time to James Cameron, the director who launched her career in Terminator and found himself in love when they did Terminator 2 together a decade later. "He can be an absolute monster," Hamilton says of the mercurial filmmaker, who is currently working on The Titanic. "But he's really a very wonderful man." They don't have a date set yet.
March 1997 -
Genetic Avatars and Lip-Synching Effects
He's pioneered digital effects in films like Terminator 2 and this summer's Titanic. Now James Cameron is determined to be the first filmmaker to direct synthetic actors. His upcoming project, the futuristic action film Avatar, stars no fewer than a dozen computer-generated thespians. Translated, this means the film will deliver "organically believable lip-synching characters." Those curious about the plot, which Cameron won't reveal, needn't reach for their dog-eared copies of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash.
April 1997 -
By Chris Nashawaty
After a certain unsinkable luxury liner struck an iceberg 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912, the movies called it A Night to Remember. Now, 85 years later, the latest recounting of the doomed voyage is making this Hollywood's Summer to Remember. With a shock-inducing price tag reportedly near $200 million, director James Cameron's Titanic has become a fabled maritime voyage in its own right. Now there's a new SOS — the film may not be ready in time for its coveted July 2 release date because of reported delays in postproduction.
April 1997 -
Cinema: The Longest Day
A project in which crew members say conditions are difficult is Titanic, the $180 million extravaganza that director James Cameron is trying to finish in time for its scheduled July release. Crews on the film have routinely packed more than 80 hours of work into six-day weeks, sometimes going as long as two weeks without a break. While union rules require extra pay if there is no lunch break after six hours, crew members say Cameron often kept them going as long as 10 hours without pause.
James Cameron: Why Go to Mars?
August 25, 1999 - From James Cameron's address to the International Mars Society, August 1999: I look around at the turn of the millennium and I see a prosperous, powerful, technologically unparalleled society, which collectively has no purpose but to feather its own nest. It's a goal-less, rudderless society dedicated to increasing security and creature comforts. Young kids live in a sea of mind numbing affluence, where death and violence have no meaning, where leaders are morally bankrupt, and where the scientific quest for understanding is so not cool.
Cameron Sending Two Missions to Mars
By Greg Clark | Source: space.com
August 25, 1999 - James Cameron has a red planet on his mind. In the next 18 months, he'll produce a TV miniseries and an IMAX film, both depicting the first small steps humankind takes on Mars. In a speech given earlier this month at the second annual International Mars Society conference in Boulder, CO, the Hollywood heavyweight and self-confessed "Mars wacko" called the journey to other planets "the greatest dream" of his own boyhood science fantasies.
James Cameron Wants to go to Space Station, Film Documentary
By E! Online | Source: bigmoviezone.com
April 2001 - TITANIC director James Cameron wants to ride the Russian Soyuz rocket to Space Station Alpha to film a series of documentaries, a 3D Big Movie, and a string of TV Specials for the Fox network. Forget all that King of the World nonsense, James Cameron's gunning to be Lord of Universe. The Titanic director has announced his intention to hitch a ride aboard the Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (news - web sites) and make a movie of his experiences.
James Cameron's Mars Reference Design
The Director's Cut
January 30, 2004 - Astrobiology Magazine's Executive Producer, Helen Matsos, sat down with James Cameron and discussed his project slate. During their discussions, Cameron shared how he became interested in Mars and his unique renderings commissioned to represent the key stages in a future human mission to the red planet. The Design Reference Mission (DRM) covers Earth launch to Mars landing, Mars cruise to Mars launch, and Earth return. The mission entails sending cargo ahead, docking the crew at the space station, then meeting up with the cargo supplies once on Mars.
FORBIDDEN PLANET May Have a Director - Cameron sets eyes on sci-fi classic
Source: iesb.net [link no longer available]
December 2004 - A FORBIDDEN PLANET remake is in the works over at Warner Bros. with a script by writer J. Michael Straczynski. IESB has gotten exclusive information from a source inside the Forbidden Planet camp that director James Cameron is eyeing the project and is very interested in helming. Cameron has been "eyeing" the project for a good part of a decade, AICN posted info on it back in 1998 when he was hot off of TITANIC. But it never came to fruition. But now that Warner is pushing full steam ahead, his interest again has been piqued.
Director James Cameron's calls on astrobiologist's expertise
Excerpt: astrobio.net [link no longer available]
December 2004 - SETI Institute astrobiologist Kevin Hand describes the universe as a work of art and science as the brush strokes that create it. This summer Hand's own development as a scientist reached a significant landmark. For the first time, he had the opportunity to "get his hands dirty" during a special summer session on geo-biology held on the California island of Catalina. In the Catalina program, Hand learned the tools of field research. It was on the island that he also caught the attention of film producer James Cameron.
The Real Life Aquatic
Director James Cameron's New IMAX Film Puts Columbia Scientist in the Deep Sea
By David Porrata | Excerpt: columbia.edu
January 2005 - James Cameron has a passion for deep-sea science that fueled his most recent work, the science documentary "Aliens of the Deep," which is to be released in IMAX theatres across the country, and features Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist Maya Tolstoy. Using astrobiology — the study of life on other worlds — "Aliens of the Deep" studies the exotic creatures living along deep-sea thermal vent sites for clues on how life may have originated on earth.
The Power List: 20 Movers And Shakers In Science Fiction
No surprise James Cameron is on the list.
By Charlie Jane Anders | Source: io9.com
December 2008 - Science fiction didn't conquer the media world in 2008 all on its own: A host of creative people helped power the mighty battlecruiser. Here's our list of the 20 biggest science fiction movers-and-shakers of 2008. You can click on the link above for the descriptions of the remaining 20. James Cameron, director of Avatar. Cameron's 3-D space epic won't be out for another year, but it's already revolutionizing the way people think about movies. He's pioneered a whole new system of 3-D cameras, but also created new motion-capture techniques for his alien creatures.
Cameron #9 on Entertainment Weekly's Top 25 Greatest Active Film Directors
February 2009 - With the Oscars on our minds, we're counting down the most talented, in-demand filmmakers behind the camera today, a list including Zack Snyder, James Cameron, Guillermo del Toro -- and our No. 1. Here's what EW had to say about Cameron on their pick as the 9th best active director: He was ''the king of the world'' at making blockbuster action movies until he decided to switch gears and focus on aquatic documentaries for a decade. But now Cameron is poised to reclaim his populist throne with the upcoming Avatar. - John Young
James Cameron on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Agents of Change
Titanic director seeks to reinvent special effects with his new Avatar
February 2009 - Twelve years after he revolutionized the possibilities of CGI to make Titanic, Cameron is finally returning with a new feature film Avatar — and this time, he's pushing the boundaries of what's possible with 3-D, making it truly immersive rather than just having characters throw pingpong balls at the audience. "He's trying to present it as a game changer," said Iron Man director Jon Favreau. "It's the future. One more layer of the suspension of disbelief will be removed."
Creator James Cameron on Terminator's Origins, Arnold as Robot, Machine Wars
By James Cameron
As told to Wired writer Steve Daly
March 2009 - I first remember being aware of geopolitics during the Cuban missile crisis. When I was 7 or 8, I found a pamphlet for fallout shelters on the coffee table in my family's house in Ontario, and I remember thinking, "What's this about?" I had the sudden sensation that my coddled existence was a facade. Something dark and terrifying lurked behind it. I've been fascinated ever since by our human propensity for dancing on the edge of the apocalypse. So when I wrote the first Terminator outline around 1982, I was just working out my childhood stuff.
James Cameron on the Cyborg That Defined His Career
Excerpt transcribed by SFMZ from Empire April 2009 Magazine
ON DIRECTING THE FIRST TERMINATOR
I was petrified at the start of Terminator. First of all, I was working with a star - at least I thought of him as a star at the time; Arnold came out of it even more a star. But because I had written it, I always had a beacon because I knew the characters, so I always knew what to say to the actors. It had gone into hiatus for a year (while Arnold Schwarzenegger completed a Conan sequel), nothing was happening, and I had no other job, and I couldn't move on to another directing job until I had done this film.
So I just storyboarded everything. I was utterly prepared for that film, which was how we were able to make it relatively cheaply. People responded to it somehow, psychologically. The Terminator represented something to people, a dark side of the human psyche. People wanted to have that fantasy of being totally stripped of all moral constraints and being able to do exactly what they want. You don't have to open the door to look through the door. People basically saw Schwarzenegger as this muscle guy.
I had lunch with him, after one previous initial meeting where he had been thrust upon me. The entire time that we were talking I was looking at his face and his manner and bearing. For me it was about the potential iconography of his face - it was about projecting a character and not just the physicality. I guess I saw an intensity that I liked. What changed was not the original concept - as written, the script didn't change at all. The visual concept changed.
James Cameron To Direct Heavy Metal Segment
June 2009 - Film School Rejects hit the jackpot recently in their interview with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” co-creator Kevin Eastman who announced that James Cameron, Zack Snyder and Gore Verbinski would all be directing segments of the Davich Fincher-produced “Heavy Metal” which is a film adaption of the cult adult sexy sci-fi/fantasy comic series of the same name. They also report that Mark Osborne, who directed “Kung Fu Panda” will team up again with Jack Black and also direct a segment of film.
James Cameron to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
June 2009 - A new group of entertainers in motion pictures, television, live theater, and recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. These individuals were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held June 15, and ratified by the Chamber's Board of Directors. The Walk of Fame recipients for the year 2010 are: James Cameron, Russell Crowe, John Cusack, Colin Firth, Gale Anne Hurd, Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson and Mark Wahlberg
Cameron Goes Deep With 3-D "Sanctum"
By Mike Fleming | Excerpt: variety.com
August 2009 - James Cameron seekS domestic distribution for "Sanctum," a $30 million budget action survival drama that will use the same cameras and 3-D technology that Cameron did for "Avatar." Wayfare Entertainment has committed to finance the film for a late 2009 production start in Australia's Queensland/Gold Coast region. Alister Grierson (“Kokoda”) will direct a script written by Andrew Wight and John Garvin. Wight, who helped Cameron road-test and hone his 3-D equipment and technology on documentaries like "Aliens of the Deep” and “Ghosts of the Abyss,” is the producer.
Update on Cameron's Battle Angel
By Jim Dorey | Excerpt: marketsaw.com
September 15, 2009 - Jim Dorey of Marketaw.com has an update on Cameron's Battle Angel, the less heard project currently over-shadowed by Avatar. Marketsaw reports that there is a possibility of Battle Angel "having some gladiatorial aspects of future sports and a wide social gap of the 'have and have nots.' And further that Battle Angel will have many different looks (new faces, bodies, and outfits) as she evolves in the movie."
Titanic in Digital 3-D Will Put the Iceberg Right in Your Face
By Ethan Anderton
September 23, 2009 - By now you know that digital 3-D is the cool new kid on the block, and he's stealing all of 2-D's friends. They're going to go back and turn all your old favorite films into 3-D adventures and we can all have a piece of it for the price of an admission ticket. Over at Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, insiders are saying it will be less than a year before we see Titanic sink again in front of our eyes in digital 3-D.
James Cameron looks to release‘Terminator 2' in 3D
By Erik Buckman | Excerpt: reelloop.com
September 25, 2009 - On the heels of news that Cameron’s Titanic will be given the 3D treatment, we know that audiences may see another favorite from the past in the third dimension: Terminator 2: Judgment Day. According to Lightstorm Entertainment, Cameron’s production company, a testing phase has already been completed on the film. Lightstorm partner Jon Landau, “We are certainly interested in exploring the opportunity to re-release some of Lightstorm’s past films in 3D, I don’t think it’s too far into the future."
James Cameron on his filmography
Cameron shares reflections on his films
Excerpt transcribed by SFMZ from Total Film Magazine
October 5, 2009 - Total Film magazine (#159) has a feature on James Cameron that centers on his filmography and he gives detailed reflection on each of his films. On The Terminator: "I had many, many people trying to buy that script, but I wouldn't sell unless I went with it as the director. On Aliens: "Our intention was to do a film that was not scary but more intense and exhilarating. It turned out everybody but us thought the film could be made without Sigourney Weaver, which completely blew my mind."
The Abyss: "In The Abyss, there was no monster. We were the monster. Audiences didn't like that. They wanted another duke-out between Sigourney Weaver and the queen Alien. And that's not what that movie ever was." On Terminator 2: Judgement Day: "I wanted the effect of the T-1000 to look like a spoon going into hot fudge. The last 25 pages were written non-stop - we'd been up for 36 hours - and we shot the film in under 13 months. The first time I saw the film with an audience, the moment Arnold walks down the steps of the bar, got the biggest reaction."
Avatar: "Avatar takes place in another world and you'll feel like you've been to that world. When you see a scene in 3D, that sense of reality is supercharged. But I made it my mission to keep the 3D out of the actor's consciousness completely. Most of them forgot we were shooting in 3D. Then every once in a while one of them would watch some dailies and come back wide-eyed. We're making a $200 million-plus movie and it's all about the journe of one guy, Jake. Sam Worthington's in every scene in the film, from beginning to end."
James Cameron Makes AskMen.com's Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2009
October 6, 2009 - No. 39 James Cameron: We’re reluctant to call anyone in Hollywood a genius, but James Cameron comes awfully close. This critically acclaimed helmsman has been thrilling audiences since the mid-1980s, when he wrote and directed The Terminator and Aliens. The two films resurrected the long-dormant sci-fi genre by infusing it with believable story lines, three-dimensional characters and, for the first time ever, ass-kicking heroines.
Awards for James Cameron
Director to be honored by Santa Barbara Film Festival, Visual Effects Society
November 13, 2009 - New York Women in Film and Television has announced the winners of this year's Muse Awards. It's already a busy awards season for helmer James Cameron, who will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival's modern master award and the Visual Effects Society's lifetime achievement nod. Cameron will be feted at the historic Arlington Theater during the Santa Barbara fest, which runs Feb. 4-14. The VES Awards will be presented Feb. 28 at the Century Plaza Hotel.
'Fantastic' plans for James Cameron
Salerno to adapt remake of the 1966 sci-fi film
By Tatiana Siegel | Excerpt: variety.com
December 11, 2009 - James Cameron appears to be heading to inner space by putting “Fantastic Voyage” on the front burner. 20th Century Fox has tapped Shane Salerno to adapt a remake of the 1966 sci-fi film, which will be produced by Cameron. Although Cameron has never expressed interest in helming the pic — which centers on a dying scientist whose only chance for survival rests with five colleagues who are miniaturized and injected into his bloodstream — he would employ the same pricey 3-D and digital technology on “Fantastic” that was used in “Avatar,” insiders say.
I09's 2009 Top 20 Science Fiction Power List
Cameron makes the list
By Annalee Newitz | Excerpt: io9.com
December 24, 2009 - With this list, we've tried to reflect as accurately as possible who the movers and shakers are in the worlds of science fiction - the people who can command a big budget, or get a creative project produced just by signing their name to it. James Cameron: Whether you love or hate Avatar, there's no denying Cameron knows how to make science fiction into a rich, technically sophisticated storytelling genre. And he can command a budget of nearly $400 million, which is what many estimate Avatar cost.
The Common Threads of James Cameron's Movies
By William Bradley | Excerpt:
December 24, 2009 - Is Avatar the future of cinema? Probably. There has to be something to draw people away from their computers and home entertainment centers, and with television series now generally at least as good as if not better than feature films, there are fewer reasons to drive to a theater. But you'll never see anything at home like Avatar, which nonetheless holds common thematic threads going back to the beginning of the director's career.
With his Sci-Fi epic "Avatar," the famously volatile director is trying to change the way movies are made
January 2010 - Forty years ago, the kind of kid Jim Cameron was, the jocks in high school just wouldn't leave him alone. He was precisely the kind of shy suburban kid who grows up to take his revenge bloodily, with guns and knives. Only he didn't go in that direction, not exactly. Instead, he became a major motion-picture director and earned a reputation as "the scariest man in Hollywood." In 1989, during the making of The Abyss, he ran his production in such a way that star Ed Harris burst into tears.
King of the World . . . Again
January 2010 - Reasonable people can debate the artistic merits of James Cameron's work. What's indisputable, however, is that the Avatar director's influence extends far beyond his movie credits. Cameron is the most important commercial force in modern film, and his vision for the future of the movie business is rapidly demolishing anything that gets in its way.
The right way forward on space exploration By James Cameron
February 2010 - What do rockets burn for fuel? Money. Money that is contributed by working families who have mortgages and children who need braces. And why do the American people support our efforts in space? Because they still believe, to some extent or another, in that shining dream of exploring other worlds. So it could be said that rockets really run on dreams. The exploration of space is the grandest adventure challenging the human race. As a filmmaker I have celebrated this greatest of dreams in my movies and documentaries.
Director of Avatar, Titanic Named Modern Master by SBIFF
By Barney Brantingham | Excerpt: independent.com
February 2010 - The King: There he was Saturday night, “the king of the world,” all six-feet-two of Jim Cameron, bathed in love and applause from the Arlington audience. Arnold Schwarzenegger presented the filmmaker with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s highest honor, the Lucky Brand Modern Master Award. During a Q & A session with moderator Leonard Maltin, Cameron offered this advice to would-be moviemakers: “You have to have something to say, you have to learn from the school of life. And you have to create your own luck."
James Cameron Lending Director Marc Webb a Hand in Bringing SPIDER-MAN to 3D
By Michael Sullivan | Excerpt: collider.com
February 2010 - It seems as though James Cameron will get to live his Spider-Man directorial dreams after all, albeit vicariously through (500) Days of Summer’s Marc Webb. Jon Landau, Cameron’s friend and associate, told MTV that he and Cameron met with Webb last week to help bring the project into the third dimension. Those who recall the recent frenzy over who would helm the Spider-Man reboot will remember hearing James Cameron’s name; after all, the Academy Award-winning director did write an extensive, story-boarded treatment back in 1991.
James Cameron, the focus and the fury
By Rachel Abramowitz | Excerpt: latimes.com [link no longer available]
February 2010 - I first met James Cameron on the set of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and what I remember most is the screaming. It was a rainy night and Cameron's crew was set up at one of those glass mansions in Malibu, which, for the purposes of the film, was the home of Skynet scientist Miles Dyson, portrayed by Joe Morton. The script pages for the evening were an ambush scene -- Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, had invaded the home to assassinate Dyson -- but Hamilton was the one who seemed under attack.
My very vivid recollection of the night was watching Cameron berate the actress. It was only later that I found out that the two were dating; that left me feeling like I had been in Malibu watching a foreign film without the benefit of subtitles. Cameron is, of course, the T-800 of all directors -- a fierce taskmaster, with almost superhuman drive and very little patience for human fallibility.
Terminator Rights Sell for $29.5 Million
By Nikki Finke
February 2010 - The auction for the Terminator movie, TV program, and other spin-off rights just ended after a marathon bidding session today that stretched from 3 PM this afternoon until 8 PM tonight. Both Sony Pictures and Lionsgate separately were bidding for the franchise, and then joined up after the first round was completed. "We're going to fight one hell of a fight," a Lionsgate insider told Deadline Hollywood in advance. Its plans were for "a complete re-boot, back to basics, with real emotional stories, and effects that will be secondary.
James Cameron: Failure's OK, fear isn't
By Richard Galant | Excerpt: cnn.com
February 2010 - A lifelong fascination with science fiction and the ocean has driven "Avatar" director James Cameron's career, he told the TED2010 conference Saturday. Cameron said some thought his filming of "Titanic" was about the opportunity to depict "Romeo and Juliet" on the doomed ship. In fact, he said, "Secretly I wanted to dive to the wreck of the Titanic." He did wind up exploring the wreck and said he saw amazing forms of underwater life. Cameron was struck by the comparison between deep ocean exploration and space travel.
Cameron Directs Bigelow in Bill Paxton’s Music Video . . . come again?
By Julia Rhodes | Excerpt: calitreview.com
February 2010 - James Cameron’s Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker are among the Oscar nominees for Best Picture of 2009. From 1989-1991, Cameron and Bigelow were married. They apparently parted amicably, since they have pleasant things to say about one another onstage at awards shows. In 1988, Cameron directed a music video for Bill Paxton’s (short-lived) band Martini Ranch, starring Bigelow and Paxton (“Big Love”). Bigelow was hot on the heels of directing Paxton in Near Dark.
Avatar Producer Says 'Battle Angel Alita' Has A New Name, Will Follow 'Avatar 2'
By Larry Carroll |
February 2010 - ‘Battle Angel’ is something that James Cameron is very, very passionate about. It was actually brought to our attention by another filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro; Guillermo saw those things in the property that he thought would really relate to Jim, and Jim responded to it immediately," says Jon Landau. Although Landau was quick to point out that Cameron plans to shoot an “Avatar” sequel first, he re-affirmed the filmmaker’s intentions to adapt Yukito Kishiro’s manga classic after that.
James Cameron tops most powerful in Hollywood list
September 2010 - If there were any doubts that money talks loudest in the movie business, they have been dispelled. The expert panel behind the Guardian's inaugural Film Power 100, published in today's Film & Music section, have chosen James Cameron, director of the two highest grossing films ever made, as the person wielding the most power over the UK film industry. Cameron, whose films Avatar and Titanic have taken a total of $4.61bn at the box office, took the top spot ahead of fellow director Steven Spielberg and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
Producers Guild of America Honoring James Cameron at 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards Ceremony
September 2010 - The Producers Guild of America has announced James Cameron will be honored with the 2011 Milestone Award at next January’s Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Milestone Award is the Guild’s highest honor that recognizes an individual (or team) who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. With how much money Cameron has made at the worldwide box office, and how he’s also developed films about ocean exploration and conservation, it’s no surprise he’s being honored with this award.