In this earlier post we explored Cameron’s plans to film Avatar 2 underwater in the deepest ocean on earth, the Marianas Trench. The movie is set in the turbulent seas of Pandora, an alien moon.
The director is planning to film Avatar 2 & 3 back-to-back with the two movies set to be released in 2014 and 2015. James Cameron is not a new phenomenon. He has a passionate Geek audience who are drawn in droves to movies like Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss.
Avatar is now at No.1 of the top-ten most successful movies of all time. Cameron’s Titanic is at No.2. At first Titanic was panned by critics but went on to hold the number one spot for over ten years.
By anyone’s standards, that’s an astounding success. It’s noteworthy that the other eight films in the top ten of all time are all franchises. Only Avatar and Titanic are original properties and not based on a comic book, a sequel or a remake, for example.
What’s the secret of Cameron’s success? Kim Masters, for National Public Radio, says:
“He makes movies for women disguised as movies for men. Every one of them — Titanic, Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, right on through Avatar — involves an exceptionally strong female lead and an old-fashioned love story.”
It’s obviously a formula that works. In fact James Cameron’s epic has proved such a smash hit that it has prompted analysts to lift earnings estimates for News Corp, the owner of 20th Century Fox. CEO James Clayton, of Igenious Media Investments which has invested in News Corp, said:
“I have to keep pinching myself. For one director to be responsible for the number one and number two highest-grossing movies of all-time is quite something.”
World-wide sales have been the big success story here. Cameron has made a movie that has appeal for as wide an audience as possible. This is an American movie that can appeal to people all over the world. The Aliens are blue and it doesn’t matter what colour the audience is. Nor are the political views of the US of any consequence to Second-World and Developing-World audiences, it seems.
I am a fan of all his movies, even Titanic, which I had to see a second time. I’m a much bigger fan of his science-fiction-themed movies, especially Alien (1986). Avatar was stunning and no doubt Avatar 2 will be something special too.