Having spent 10 agonising years slaving away on Avatar, you might think Jim Cameron would be sick of the sight of 3D cameras. Well you’d be wrong, because work has started on his next foray into the third dimension, Australian drama Sanctum.
Cameron will only be involved as a producer, but sees the film as an opportunity to demonstrate how 3D can be applied to smaller, more personal projects than Avatar.
Speaking to The Brisbane Times, Cameron explained, ‘It’s really a character driven piece and the 3D should only be part of enhancing the experience. If you take the 3D away from the film and you take the spectacle away from the film, it’s still a strong story.’
Sanctum is based on a real event that happened to producer Andrew Wight, and follows a father and son trapped in a remote underwater cave system.
The film will be a largely Aussie affair, with Alister Grierson behind the camera and Richard Roxburgh (Van Helsing) and Alice Parkinson (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) amongst the cast.
Eager to keep the spotlight away from himself, Cameron has stressed that this will be Grierson’s film and any back-seat driving will be kept to a minimum. “As a director myself I know how I like to be treated,” he said. “So I'm like a fairy godmother sort of producer - I just add the money and stand back.”
And Jim is pretty confident his money will be well spent, claiming, “people are going to be with accelerated heart rates, tight breathing and white knuckles when they go [through] the experiences of this film.’ Sounds like a winner to us.
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