James Cameron calls Battleship and sequels 'ridiculous'

Avatar director goes off on one again

Avatar helmer James Cameron doesn't hold back when it comes to directing his ire at any movies he considers substandard.

You can't really deny the man the chance to voice his opinion, as he has been behind the two most successful films of all time.

Having previously ranted about the substandard 3D conversions of Clash of the Titans and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, he's now slagged off Peter Berg's upcoming Battleship movie, as well as Hollywood sequels in general.

Worst Previews translated an interview Cameron recently had with Spiegel Online.

He said: "We have a story crisis… Now they want to make the 'Battleship' game into a film. This is pure desperation."

"Everyone in Hollywood knows how important it is that a film is a brand before it hit theaters. If a brand has been around, Harry Potter for example, or Spider-Man, you are lightyears ahead."

"And there lies the problem. Because unfortunately these franchises are becoming more ridiculous. Battleship. This degrades the cinema."

Cameron actually has two sequels to his mega-hit Avatar in pre-production, and he has previously launched the Terminator franchise, and directed sci-fi sequel Aliens.

Many years ago, the uber-director wrote a Spider-Man script and came close to bringing the webslinger to the big-screen, before Sam Raimi launched the superhero franchise.

Cameron is set to be acting as a '3D mentor' to Marc Webb, who's directing the Spider-Man reboot.

Do you agree with Jim-Cam? Tell us below!


    • Benmorse

      Jan 9th 2011, 16:43

      IRONYGASM. Says the man that has made a career out of hiding the most basic and poorly written stories of our time behind excellent special effects. James Cameron there: most over-rated 2nd unit director on the planet.

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    • rice36

      Jan 9th 2011, 17:08

      James Cameron = t**t

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    • harveyavfcjones

      Jan 9th 2011, 17:27

      i think he's right about the shocking idea for a story line based on a childrens board game, film makers really need some new material

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 9th 2011, 18:14

      Battleship sounds a bit desperate, like the movie equivalent of 'Monkey Tennis' and how can "Maybe be got them demoralised?" be considered poorly written?

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    • siamun29

      Jan 9th 2011, 18:15

      I think Cameron was great, pre Titanic and Avatar, but for him to say that "We have a story crisis" is funny because he's part of that problem. Come on, Avatar was as bland a story as you can get. It's been done many times before and I'm not going to start on Titanic. Sorry James you were good but your time has past.

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    • DanielMcA

      Jan 9th 2011, 19:43

      I hear Michael Bay's up for Monkey Tennis. He sees Colin Farrell in the lead because of his obvious simian qualities.

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    • namedropper

      Jan 9th 2011, 21:52

      Hello Pot, Kettle calling. James Cameron hasn't directed a decent script since the 80s. Titanic and Avatar had some of the worst lines presented on film ever. So loaded down with cliches that they drew away from the better aspects. ie the technical side. Cameron is up (or down) there with Lucas on complete non comprehension of what makes a decent script. As Harrison Ford once said (allegedly "You can write this s**t but you can't say it. Mind you Battleship does sound dreadful.

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    • MadMatt

      Jan 10th 2011, 0:08

      Unlike most of the commenters here, I think Big Jim has got it spot on. Surely if anyone is in a position to judge the state of current movie sequels it is the man who directed two of the best ones ever made? He makes it perfectly clear that the reason we're suffering through this current fad of recycling relatively recent movies (Total Recall, Spider-Man, Nightmare On Elm Street) is that Hollywood producers are only interested in making movies that we've already heard of. The industry is killing itself, or at the very least, creating a generation of film fans who think a ten-year-old film is ancient and in dire need of remaking. And while Avatar's unfussy plot was admittedly very derivative, it wasn't a remake, a reboot, a sequel or an adaptation of a boardgame or theme park ride. By modern mainstream standards that makes it about as original as you can get (sadly)! I think it's also worth reminding folks - or informing them, if they're too young to remember - that prior to Titanic one of Cameron's perceived strengths was his screenwriting ability. In the Aliens/Terminator/Abyss days he was generally thought of as one of the best genre writers/movie-makers out there. He obviously needs to work hard to regain that credibility...

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    • Gav83

      Jan 10th 2011, 2:32

      @Benmorse: The Terminators and Aliens are basic and poorly written are they? Put a sock in it man! He's an arrogant a*s, there's no denying it, but his movies are pure awesome. And, lets face it, he's dead right about the sub-par 3D conversions (anyone who's seen COTT knows that) and he's right again about this Battleship movie.

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    • roachcard

      Jan 10th 2011, 2:51

      A) 3D can go f**k itself anyway, post-conversion or not, and B) how funny is it that James Cameron is complaining about the degradation of cinema when he's essentially the most box-office orientated director of all time?

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    • DonisFun

      Jan 10th 2011, 8:03

      @Roachcard completely agree with you 3D is utter s**t, it's a gimmick, hopefully a short fad. Every 3D film made has been dreadful!! Hollywood seem to be trying to play it safe with reboots, sequels, and adapts, I know for sure that they must have a storage room with some of the best scripts ever but they are too afraid to make them, or spend a little money on something that may not appeal to the masses.

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    • Gilbo123

      Jan 10th 2011, 10:28

      I think he's got a valid point, although he should take a quick peek over his back catalogue before going on rants about sequels and franchises... Hollywood are really scraping the bottom of the barrel if they have to use boardgames such as Battleships to come up with movie ideas. It's so frustrating especially to screenwriters such as myself to see studios not openly encouraging original spec scripts and only commissioning sequels, remakes, books, CPU games and now sadly board games. Boo Hoo!!!

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    • AGD2112

      May 20th 2011, 12:56

      Cameron has a point. Yes, a brand brings in an audience. Yes, a lot of sequels are lousy and inferior to the original. Yes, it looks like the studios are desperately looking for an easy buck. Yes, we could do with more original ideas. It is just reduced risk, lowest common denominator stuff... but he is not telling us anything we don't already know. As an audience we can only watch what the options we are given. We need to reward the risks the studios take. Otherwise all the studios are ever going to do is insult our intelligent and keen adding on the roman numerals.

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