"I'm in the 'Avatar' Business"
James Cameron goes George Lucas:
I’ve divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I’ve made two movies in 16 years, and I’ve done eight expeditions. Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the “Avatar” business. Period. That’s it. I’m making “Avatar 2,” “Avatar 3,” maybe “Avatar 4,” and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts. And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the “Avatar” landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it.
Say what you will about Avatar, I re-watched it recently and found it less boring than I remembered it, though it could still do with a kick in the story department, but for a movie which takes place almost entirely outside, in jungles, in mountains, in water, this bit is pretty incredible:
There were zero… I can’t say zero exteriors. We did one night in the parking lot next to the sound stage. But there were no locations.