Weekly Ketchup: James Cameron Announces Full Trilogy of Avatar Sequels

Plus, a possible Beverly Hills Cop IV, and an Akira remake update.

This week's Ketchup covers seven days of movie development news including the latest on James Cameron's continued plans for the world of Avatar and reboots and/or remakes of Akira, Quasimodo and Scarface.


This Week's Top Story

JAMES CAMERON ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR FULL TRILOGY OF AVATAR SEQUELS

We've known almost since its release in late 2009 that James Cameron had plans for two sequels to the eye candy sci-fi movie Avatar. At one point, they were even expected to start coming out fairly soon (December in 2014 and 2015, respectively). This week, the big news was a mini-avalanche of Avatar sequel news, but the biggest is that Cameron's plans are now for a full trilogy of Avatar sequels, the first of which, which we'll simply call Avatar 2 for now, is being scheduled by 20th Century Fox for December, 2016. Avatar 2, 3, and 4 will all be filmed at the same time, with Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 expected to come in the following Decembers of 2017 and 2018. The idea of releasing the three parts of a trilogy in consecutive Decembers was first introduced by Peter Jackson with the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. James Cameron will be assisted in crafting these sequels by screenwriters Josh Friedman (The Black Dahlia; cowriter of War of the Worlds), Shane Salerno (Aliens vs Predator: Requiem; cowriter of Savages), and the writing team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, best known for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and next summer's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Not much is specifically known about the sequels, except that Avatar 2 is expected to have large portions set in Pandora's oceans (news flash: James Cameron likes water).

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 HARRY POTTER DIRECTOR JUMPS STUDIO SHIP FOR SCARFACE REBOOT

For years now, it seemed like Warner Bros very much wanted to stay in the "David Yates business," displaying loyalty for the director of the last four Harry Potter movies for the studio. Then, however, in April, it was revealed that Warner Bros had halted plans for the new live-action Tarzan project that Yates had been developing. And that, apparently (or at least in part), is how David Yates came to be in final negotiations with Universal Pictures for one of their highest priority projects. It's also worth noting that this move by David Yates comes only a few weeks after Legendary Pictures announced a similar move from Warner Bros to Universal Pictures (starting in 2014). David Yates is in final talks with Universal Pictures to direct their second reboot of Scarface. The original 1932 film was a Chicago bootlegging mobster drama loosely based upon the life of Al Capone, and the 1983 remake told the infamous story of Cuban/Miami cocaine gangster Tony Montana. Each previous movie is particularly known for its famous director-star duos (Howard Hawks and Paul Muni, Brian De Palma and Al Pacino). Details are being kept hidden about this third Scarface, but it's lead character is expected to represent for the 2010s what the Italian-American and Cuban-American characters in the first two movies did for the 1930s and the 1980s. What this means exactly is anyone's guess (so many ethnic stereotypes to choose from!). The first draft of the Scarface re-reboot was written by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch), which was then rewritten by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco).


#2 HERO DIRECTOR ZHANG YIMOU MAY MAKE HOLLYWOOD DEBUT WITH QUASIMODO

If there is a running theme lately of Universal Pictures borrowing talent from Warner Bros, one could perceive this story as being (part of) WB's rebuttal. First, some history: one of Universal's proudest traditions is the collection of "Universal Monsters" films (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy, etc.). What is less known, even by many horror/monster fans, is that the movie that actually started that whole concept was the 1923 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney Sr. as Quasimodo. Okay, now that you're up to date, here's this week's news, which is also surprising for a completely different reason: Famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern) is in talks with Warner Bros to make his English language Hollywood studio debut with Quasimodo, an adaptation of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The project has been in development for years at Warner Bros, with Josh Brolin (!) attached to star as Quasimodo, the disfigured bellringer of Notre Dame, who sets out to save his beloved Esmeralda from being framed for murder. Quasimodo was adapted by the husband-wife team of Kieran and Michelle Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; 2009's Paper Man).


#3 FROM YOUR DESKTOP (CIRCA 2001) TO THE BIG SCREEN: THE MCAFEE BIOPIC

When famed anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee went on the run last year, it all seemed larger than life and destined to be a big screen movie. People in Hollywood agreed, because screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have signed on with Warner Bros to start work on exactly that script. The John McAfee biopic (which at one time was called Running in the Background) joins a series of celebrity biopics by Alexander and Karaszewski which also includes Ed Wood, The People vs Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon, and the upcoming Big Eyes. The script will be adapted from the e-book "John McAfee's Last Stand," which was also excerpted in Wired. The directing team of Glenn Ficara and John Requa (I Love You, Phillip Morris and Crazy, Stupid Love) are producing the McAfee biopic, and also hope to direct. Hopefully, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have been at this game long enough to know to frequently backup their Final Draft files. No one wants irony to zap it.


#4 THE FAILED CBS TV SERIES MAY JUST HAVE SAVED BEVERLY HILLS COP IV

There was a time when one of the surest bets for the 2013-2014 Network TV season was the CBS reboot of Beverly Hills Cop with Brandon T. Jackson playing the son of Axel Foley. A similar reboot worked wonders for CBS after all a few seasons ago with Hawaii Five-O. Although a pilot episode was filmed, CBS ultimately decided not to order Beverly Hills Cop as a series, but the performance of Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Axel Foley appears to have had its own impact. Next year marks the twentieth anniversary of the most recent movie in the franchise, Beverly Hills Cop III, which was released on May 25, 1994. And for much of those two decades since, there has been talk of a Beverly Hills Cop IV (with Eddie Murphy's "I just do kids movies now" period forming the biggest gap in between). Kids movies, however, haven't been working the same wonders for Eddie Murphy lately, and that may be why he is once again attached to star in a revived Beverly Hills Cop IV movie project. Paramount Pictures has enlisted the Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol screenwriting team of Josh Appelbaum and Andre Numec, who are also working on the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which is also now back to its full title, as it should be).


#5 ETHAN HAWKE TO ADAPT ONE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S FORGOTTEN PLAYS, CYMBELINE

Maybe it's just part of the same "fan of the underdog" streak that makes this writer love Squirrel Girl and Frog-Man more than Batman and Spider-Man, but when it comes to Shakespeare, I've always been fond of the obscurities. Who needs King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Henry V, when Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, and Timon of Athens are just sitting there mostly unperformed (and unread)? Ethan Hawke may agree, as he is now signed to reteam with director Michael Almereyda on a modern adaptation of the Shakespeare play Cymbeline. Hawke and Almereyda previously adapted Shakespeare with the 2000 movie Hamlet, which was also a modernization. Their Cymbeline will adapt the story of an ancient British king as an "epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corrupt 21st century America." This update is already drawing comparisons to Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.


#6 SAMUEL L. JACKSON'S COMIC BOOK VILLAIN PATH: FROM THE SPIRIT TO... THE SECRET SERVICE

After playing the ridiculous villain "The Octopus" in the disastrous comic book adaptation flop The Spirit, one might think that Samuel L. Jackson would never sign on again to play another comic book villain. Well, how do we put this? Samuel L. Jackson has signed with 20th Century Fox and director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) to play the villain in the comic book adaptation The Secret Service. Adapted from a 2012-2013 comic book mini-series written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) with art by Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), The Secret Service tells the story of a British super spy (Colin Firth) who must train his "hooligan" nephew (newcomer Taron Egerton) as his replacement. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise were also approached for the role before Samuel L. Jackson signed on. Casting is still underway for the female lead, with Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) reportedly among those in the running. Filming of The Secret Service starts this fall, and 20th Century Fox has already scheduled the film for November 14, 2014.

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#3 PARAMOUNT TO TAKE ON CARS AND PLANES WITH MONSTER TRUCKS

It's hardly a new thing for an animation studio to take on a competitor's film with their own very similar project. The trend goes almost all the way back to the beginning of the CGI animation craze, with Antz and A Bug's Life being released near each other (I'll let the commenters think of some of the other examples of this over the years). Anyway, even as Disney's Cars spinoff Planes is just a week away from release (and Turbo came out recently, too), the new Paramount Animation division has announced a May 29, 2015 release date for a new CGI/live action project called Monster Trucks. We don't know specifically what the movie is about, but the title probably tells us everything we need to know right now (unless it's a play on words and the trucks are actually monsters). What's most surprising, perhaps, is that Paramount has lured one of Fox's animation bigwigs, director Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots, Epic) to their new division to direct Monster Trucks. Chris Wedge certainly has a consistently "Fresh" RT Tomatometer, but we're calling Monster Trucks "borderline Fresh/Rotten" just because... can we be done with all the vehicle-themed animated movies sometime soon?


#2 VIN DIESEL WANTED FOR... WORLD'S MOST WANTED

We're still over a month away from the September 6, 2013 release date for Riddick, but Universal Pictures appears ready to stay in the Vin Diesel business. Of course, the continued success of the Fast and Furious franchise probably doesn't hurt that opinion either. Vin Diesel has signed with Universal Pictures to star in an action adventure movie called World's Most Wanted, the details of which remain fairly mysterious. What we do know is that the original script was written by some of the writers of the Call of Duty videogame series. The latest script rewrite was by Dan Mazeau, cowriter of Wrath of the Titans, who is also working on the 2016 Warner Bros superhero movie The Flash. World's Most Wanted is being produced by Neal Moritz, one of the producers of xXx and the Fast and Furious franchise.


#1 THE LIVE-ACTION AKIRA JUST. WON'T. DIE.

By this point in this writer's career, it feels like memory and the passing of time can be measured by what stage Warner Bros' live action adaptation of the Japanese manga Akira was at any particular point. Warner Bros acquired the rights in 2008, but the project actually goes back much farther than that. Regardless, even if we use the 2008 gauge, that's now five years ago, much of which time the project spent in heavy duty rumor control among various online fan communities (both pro and con, including allegations of whitewashing). Anyway, in early 2012, it appeared that the project was dead, with the reason given at the time being mostly budget (which had been halved from $180 million to $90 million). Well, now the same director, Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) is back on the Akira job at Warner Bros, and now the budget has been cut again, down to the $60 million range. Pretty soon, the new Akira is going to be filmed on someone's smart phone in a borrowed weekend home. Anyway, if you don't know what Akira is, here's the Wikipedia page for the classic 1988 anime adaptation. And speculate away about who should be in it.

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Comments

King  S.

King Simba

Can't wait for The Avatar sequels. Granted, I think the first is one of Cameron's weaker films (though that's not saying much). However, it introduced a great world where there's a lot to explore. Plus, few know how to handle sequels like James Cameron.

I'm surprised the Scarface news is labelled fresh. Remaking it once was a risk that paid off, but twice? That's really pushing it. Plus, it's hard to say how good of a director David Yates is when his last four films were all based on very strong source material that would be difficult to mess up, plus being good at directing a teenage fantasy franchise doesn't exactly make you a perfect choice for a violent crime film.

Interesting choice for the Quasimodo director. I loved House of Flying Daggers, though I thought Hero was merely okay (then again, I find slow motion pretty annoying when it's overused so that may have played a factor). Still, I'm curious to see how Zhang Yimou's first english language film ends up.

Did we even need Beverely Hills Cop 2 & 3, much less a fourth one? Even with the screenwrites of MI: Ghost Protocol it's hard to get excited for BHC4, especially when Eddie Murphy is probably attached to it simply because he really needs a box office hit to help revive his career.

Never read The Secret Service comic, but with Mathew Vaughn directing, plus Samuel L. Jackson and possibly Emma Watson starring I'm looking forward to the movie adaptation.

I'm curious as to why Warner Bros. is so keen at getting Akira off the ground? I mean, sure there's its popularity in Asian markets to consider, but didn't they realize with Speed Racer that that doesn't mean they'll be keen on seeing a Hollywood adaptation of beloved source material?

Aug 2 - 05:00 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I would like to see Cameron focus on different projects. Avatar is close to his weakest film (tied with True Lies and Piranha 2 doesn't count) and I would like to different stories/settings. But now we have to see 4 MORE Avatar films? Ugh...

Aug 2 - 09:37 PM

Blondie

No Name

Titanic is his weakest in my opinion.

Aug 4 - 12:31 PM

Nicole W.

Nicole William

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Aug 5 - 04:28 AM

Blondie

No Name

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyPDlCJSFCI

Aug 5 - 10:49 AM

Celena L.

Celena Lels

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Aug 5 - 02:43 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

AVATAR IS AWESOME!!!!! reminds me of the European colonization of North America; sharp, incisive allegory . . . maybe Avatar 2 can focus on how America devastated Iraq with its May 2003 invasion. The European "motto" is invade, conqueror, devastate, and make movies to show who bad colonization really is.

Aug 5 - 10:55 AM

Frank Acree

Frank Acree

Well lets see how bad colonization really is. Any tribe of any size no lives in "reservations" in the good ole USofA. And all the colonists live everywhere else. The colonists make the rules and run the country. So my take on this is that at least in the USofA colonization worked out really well unless of course you were one of the natives. Avatar story was pure liberal crap. He will of course make three more just like it and because he is the guy behind the writers the natives will win. When the reality is that the natives always lose. Ask the Apaches, Zulus, Aborigines.......

Aug 6 - 10:48 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yeah, those native Angles and Celts sure got raped good by those Normans. Europe is one long history of raping bands of Vandals, Goths and Huns. Ergo, white people must love rape. This kind of reductive history is fun!

Aug 6 - 07:14 PM

Jon Galdos

Jon Galdos

The thing about Scarface was that the Pacino film wasn't really a remake. The idea was that they took the now-ages old story of how Capone rose and fell as a criminal and molded it to fit what current societal conditions were. Yeah, the story's been done and done incredibly well, but the have another shot at it with today's audiences with a somewhat different take on it using our present understanding/concept of the criminal world? Studio gold. And it might just be good.

Aug 3 - 03:36 AM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Jon's correct (and the article alludes to this as well). The Scarface "story" is a broad skeleton, which can be applied to any setting and time. Also, to answer King Simba, Yates has done some quality work outside of Harry Potter, for British television. He has a couple of award-winning miniseries on his resume.

That being said, it will be tough to update Scarface without treading on territory that a lot of video games haven't already traversed. The Grand Theft Auto games, for example, are pretty much like modern day Scarfaces. Even back when the Pacino Scarface was made, the story was hardly original, but De Palma made it work with a strange, druggy tone and style. Yates will similarly need to do something very unique and artsy to make it fresh.

Aug 3 - 12:33 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

it is too a remake: an poor immigrant gets into illegal crime to make it big in America, he has incestuous thoughts towards his sister, he kills his boss and marries his boss' wife, his best friend marries his sister, he kills his best friend, and then is killed himself (by police in the original and by a fellow drug lord in the 1983 remake) . . . both versions have the EXACT same plot, so how are you saying SCARFACE 1983 is not a remake of SCARFACE 1932????

Aug 5 - 11:00 AM

rocknblues81

rocknblues 81

BHC II was a hellva lot more enjoyable than Avatar.

Aug 4 - 01:07 AM

Blondie

No Name

What's up, me?

Aug 4 - 12:31 PM

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Blondie

No Name

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CipXIx34jTI

Aug 5 - 11:04 AM

Kendra Smith

Kendra Smith

Seriously, I hope Warner Brothers just let's the live action Akira film go already. The original is a monumental classic and easily in my top five favorites but a lot of those points come from the fantastic animation and memorable score among other things, but really the story is just solid. You take away what made the original so amazing and replace it with something that has every bit of likelihood to end up just mediocre and what you'll have left is something terrible. If it comes out, I won't be seeing it.

Also, as for the studios competing with similar themes in animated films, let's just say we're likely never to see a certain purple newt from Pixar anytime soon because of how similar his life was to that of a bird named Rio...

Aug 2 - 05:04 PM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

Other than the fact that the bird ain't called Rio, you make some strong points.

Aug 2 - 07:06 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

Someone didn't watch the film....

Aug 2 - 07:11 PM

Catbus

* Catbus!

You guys are just newtpicking.

Aug 3 - 04:45 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

but...the Birds name was Blue.

Aug 3 - 09:29 AM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

A new Akira film could work if 1. A great director is at the helm, and 2. They go about it as a "re-adaptation" of the graphic novel, i.e. attempt to be more faithful to it. I wouldn't mind that because, as great as the anime is, it's actually pretty different than the graphic novel. But that would mean Hollywood would need to make something even MORE experimental and epic, which isn't their style. If they continue to decrease the budget, that will lead to a watered down Akira, not a more faithful one.

Aug 3 - 12:38 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

Interesting week, but nothing special.

Top story: Eh, I liked Avatar, but obviously, it was nothing special. I think Cameron is a but deluded to think that he can have (Or continue to have) a respectable career if he follows up on his promise to do nothing but Avatar sequels from now on. The water thing could be interesting though, what with the lovely CHI, and such.

Fresh
No. 1: Honestly, I think this could be very good, provided the setting/ethnicities are changed, to reflect modern times/not come across as a cash-grabbing money racket.

No. 2: Eh, I think I might stick to the Disney Quasimodo (Yeah I love it, so what?), but it is an...interesting project, to say the least.

No 3: This sounds hilarious. Hilariously misguided or brilliant, I cannot yet tell...

No. 4: Eh, as long as Murphy isn't further damaging his career (And boy, it's impossible to tell if what he's doing is any good these days), I'm kinda on board, I guess.

No. 5: I haven't read a whole lot of Shakespeare, considering where I am in my life right now, but of the extracts I've read in school, I love the guy to death, so this does certainly interest me.

No. 6: This sounds stupid. I'm sorry, I love Sam Jackson as much as anyone, but I'm sure he's making enough money offa the MCU right now, and I don't think this'll be anything more than a cash-grab, assuming it gets off the ground.

Rotten
No. 3:
*Cut to office*
Exec 1: I dunno man, Cars made like, 10 billion in ancillary revenue, and now Disney's makin' a spin-off, bound to crush the box-office.

Exec 2: Yeah, if only there was some kinda way we could, I dunno, capitalise on such a premise. Planes and regular old cars are off limits, and I think James Cameron has the legal rights to the water, so what kinda vehicle is there to exploit, really?

*Suddenly, disheveled and inebriated, Exec 3 stumbles into the room*
Exec 3: Guys, guys, guys, guys. Y-yo-you'll nev-ever guess whass goin' on downa street. *Hic* Monsser Chrucks, everywhere!

Execs 1 and 2: Bingo.

No. 2: I just don't care.

No 1: I don't like live-action anime adaptations, they're just too hard to get right on the screen. For instance, the Death Note adaptations were pretty good, but I found the translation of the style to live-action extremely jarring, and hard to take seriously.

Aug 2 - 06:09 PM

I fight for the users

Ian Fastert

Cameron probably does own the rights to the oceans.

Aug 3 - 05:54 AM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

*Definitely

Aug 3 - 06:35 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

In Response to some of your points
1. I thought Avatar was a FANTASTIC Watch and great movie 3D experience but WOW were those characters annoying.

2. What! Sticking with Disney Quasimodo!? The "If your ugly you just just be happy to have a friend, love is for the pretty people" message film!?

Rotten no. 1. I don't like live action anime remakes either. I like completely separate movies that were inspired by anime's the directors or writers use to watch. Like Chronicle, or The Matrix, or Pacific Rim.

I have yet to see an even decent live action version of an Amine.

Aug 3 - 09:33 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I don't know, I thought that was an interesting twist where for once the hero doesn't get the girl, probably the only time that ever happened in a Disney animated film.

Aug 3 - 10:33 AM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

The direct-to-video sequel provides Quasimodo with a love interest, if I'm not mistaken.

Aug 3 - 12:03 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

Avatar is entertaining, no doubt, but I found it a bit insufferable, and preachy, plot-wise. Technically, it's superb, but I would've liked a bit more substance to the prettiness.

On the topic of technically lovely films, I may be a bit biased, but I've loved Disney's Hunchback since I was little. Yeah, maybe it has a conflicting message, but It's a visually sumptuous, incredibly imaginative film, and I still enjoy it today.

Yeah, taking your cue from anime can be a stroke of genius, but it's near-impossible to get right in live action, what with the hair and all, so I would refrain from even trying. Especially a condescending, studio-funded western one.

Aug 3 - 10:35 AM

King  S.

King Simba

Agreed about Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. I tihnk it's one of their most underrated films. The scene where the little girl walks up to Quasimodo at the end always gets me.

Like a live action video game adaptation, I think eventually someone will come along and make a good adaptation of an anime or manga. I will admit I thought Sucker Punch and Speed Racer did capture the look of an anime. Unfortunately that was the about the only thing going for them. I would like to believe that Akira could buck that trend, but my hopes aren't high.

Aug 4 - 02:02 AM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

Unless they get a very good director, and a good screenwriter, I don't think we're gonna see a semi-decent anime/video-game adaptation.

Aug 4 - 07:15 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Agreed on Hunchback. I think it's one of Disney's more honest films. Lets face it even though ugly people can obviously find love, very few of them are going to pull hot Salma Hayek gypsy dancer tail either.

Aug 5 - 12:47 AM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

Yay for crushing dreams.

Aug 5 - 05:59 AM

Teddy K.

Ryan Gavetti

Quasimodo sounds interesting. I'm a fan of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, especially its ballet La Esmeralda (which I was lucky enough to see a few years back). I think Josh Brolin would make an excellent Quasimodo.

Beverley Hills Cop IV. Jesus, its time was in the 80s. The first film was a classic and Axel Foley is as iconic a character of the period as they come. But come on, the sequels were lousy and rebooting this franchise is entirely unnecessary.

Monster Trucks. Seriously. Paramount, look at yourself. This project isn't even being handed off to Dreamworks, because they know it'll sully its reputation, because, let's face it, this is a mad cash grab. The Cars movies are a bore, and Planes, at the time, seemed like the biggest scam yet. But now...Universal...just sit in a corner.

I just got done watching Akira for around the third time two days ago, oddly enough. It certainly is one of my favorite animated films of all time, rightly so, and I suggest even those who eschew Anime to check that film out. In my youth, I was so damn happy to hear of a live-action remake. Then the years went by, and as I followed the story, the writing is on the wall: this movie would be a disaster. Live-Action Akira: You must die. Die. Die. DIE already.

Aug 2 - 06:15 PM

Teddy K.

Ryan Gavetti

Paramount* of course in third paragraph.

Aug 2 - 06:19 PM

Teddy K.

Ryan Gavetti

Paramount* of course in third paragraph.

Aug 2 - 06:19 PM

Elizabeth Anthony

Elizabeth Anthony

If James Cameron weren't such a greedy pig, he could probably use his money to end world hunger. But that's stupid oppressive capitalist America for you.

Aug 2 - 06:29 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

LOL seriously. You should put all your time and effort into making a ton of money then you should just give it up.

Aug 2 - 06:40 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

That's the Canadian Capitalist way for ya.

Aug 2 - 06:43 PM

Overfed Jed

Overfed Jed

Yeah it's not like he's giving hundreds of people jobs. Oh wait...

Aug 2 - 06:44 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Don't worry guys, this is the penis-less Cutler. Which means its Cutler.

Aug 2 - 09:34 PM

Catbus

* Catbus!

Hey, I'm more liberal than the next guy, but you could fill a doomed ocean liner with people more greedy than Cameron who also have provided no discernible service, employment, or entertainment in order to obtain their wealth.
Also, if it weren't for Cameron, the public wouldn't be aware of the ecological impact of unobtainium.

Aug 3 - 05:28 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

James Cameron has done a Ton of shit that has advanced the way many things have been done. Scientifically and other wise that weather you like it or not could benefit mankind and has allready benefited mankind. If you thought Avatar was a tree hugging anti military douche bag film, thats fine! But don't act like people with money should serve your ideals.

His name is James, James Cameron
The bravest pioneer
No budget too steep, no sea too deep
Who's that?
It's him, James Cameron
James, James Cameron explorer of the sea
With a dying thirst to be the first
Could it be? Yeah that's him!
James Cameron

Aug 3 - 09:39 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

You do realize this is Jerry the troll, don't you morons?

Aug 3 - 10:28 AM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

*Sniff* Words hurt too, ya know...

Aug 3 - 10:37 AM

Catbus

* Catbus!

Hey, I have no idea who any of you people are.

Aug 3 - 06:31 PM

Blondie

No Name

They feed the troll on purpose.

Aug 4 - 12:32 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

LOL seriously. You should put all your time and effort into making a ton of money then you should just give it up.

Aug 2 - 06:40 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

That's the Canadian Capitalist way for ya.

Aug 2 - 06:43 PM

Overfed Jed

Overfed Jed

Yeah it's not like he's giving hundreds of people jobs. Oh wait...

Aug 2 - 06:44 PM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

Other than the fact that the bird ain't called Rio, you make some strong points.

Aug 2 - 07:06 PM

Willem DaPerson

Willem DaPerson

Someone didn't watch the film....

Aug 2 - 07:11 PM

Catbus

* Catbus!

You guys are just newtpicking.

Aug 3 - 04:45 AM

Krystal Winzer

Krystal Winzer

What happened to Cameron's Terminator days? Avatar bored me to tears. visually pretty, sure. Otherwise it was just one cheesy cliche after another. And spare me your arguments if you disagree. I couldn't care less what anyone else thinks of my opinion. this is going to be one epically long snooze fest. I seriously felt like I was watching one of Disney's crappier movies.

Aug 2 - 07:13 PM

Overfed Jed

Overfed Jed

I'm confused. Why would you post your opinion if you don't care what anyone else thinks?

Aug 2 - 07:19 PM

Blondie

No Name

Exactly what I was thinking. No sense is on this part RT.

Aug 4 - 12:33 PM

Ezra Tross

Ezra Tross

I agree wholeheartedly. What a snooze fest. You cant just put shiny things in front of me and expect me to be entertained when there isnt a shred of originality to be had as far as plot and characters

Aug 2 - 11:29 PM

I fight for the users

Ian Fastert

It was Pocahontas painted blue.

Aug 3 - 05:56 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Just answering Foxxbama here, not caring what anybody else thinks is a stamp of BAD ASS and COOL!

Aug 3 - 09:40 AM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Nah, it's just a stamp of I'M SCARED OF CONFRONTATION and DOUCHEBAGGERY. I hate it when people give their poorly-informed or argued opinion, then say others can suck it and they aren't open for debate.

Aug 3 - 12:42 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Damn Teens with there music.

Aug 3 - 07:13 PM

Ash Gilmore

Ash J. Gilmore

You again...
I agree with what you said, but that comment on the This Is The End forum is unforgivable.

Aug 3 - 11:45 PM

Overfed Jed

Overfed Jed

I'm confused. Why would you post your opinion if you don't care what anyone else thinks?

Aug 2 - 07:19 PM

Blondie

No Name

Exactly what I was thinking. No sense is on this part RT.

Aug 4 - 12:33 PM

Joseph D.

Joseph Dutra

What happened to Tim Burton directing the new Hunchback of Notre Dame film, I don't want ZHANG YIMOU, I want a guy who knows how to tell dark tales. Tim Burton is that guy.

Aug 2 - 07:29 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

He's supposed to be directing the Pinocchio adaption, but that's not him; you're right, he should be doing Quasimodo instead.

Aug 3 - 04:44 PM

Noah Abraham G.

Noah Abraham Goucher

How is #5 even remotely fresh? Those two couldn't even make "Hamlet" work, how are they going to pull this off?

Aug 2 - 07:53 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Odd choice for a first stateside film for Zhang Yimou, but everything he does has been gold so far, so can't wait. Hope Hollywood doesn't influence him as much as it did for Kim Ji-woon and to a lesser extent Park Chan-wook this past year.

Aug 2 - 08:09 PM

Steven S.

Steven Scott

We don't need a live-action adaption of Akira, because the anime one was good enough!

Aug 2 - 08:43 PM

Sandy Barnard

Sandy Barnard

Is Kickstopper a thing? Like, can we stop Akira from happening if we just throw enough money at WB?

Aug 2 - 08:48 PM

Paul Bulger

Paul Bulger

The first Avatar wasn't enough? Pixar could have done exactly what Avatar did with an eighth of the budget. It was like an overly long, overly expensive Pixar film without any of the wit, charm, lovable characters, compelling story line, and less than half of the fun.

Aug 2 - 09:02 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Pixar would have made it double the boring it was already.

Aug 3 - 09:15 PM

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