James Cameron on Avatar 2, a 3-D Titanic and Directing a "Hot" Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra
10.21.10 by Ryan
After the huge success of Avatar, director James Cameron can probably work on any movie he wants. Cameron has a variety of projects lined up, producing At the Mountains of Madness for director Guillermo del Toro and possibly directing an adaptation of Battle Angel before he starts work on Avatar 2. For now, Cameron is progressing on different versions of Avatar for various DVD and Blu-Ray releases and is trying to convert his Titanic to 3-D. Cameron told The New York Times that he is in "the early stages of [the 3-D conversion] process" on Titanic.
We’ve been moving very slowly to make sure that we do it right, and we’ve basically gone to every single vendor who does 3-D conversion, that’s a credible vendor, and there were seven that we have received tests from. We’ve analyzed the tests, in a couple of cases we sent them back and told them to remake parts of it, because it was unacceptable, and now we’re baking off the different vendors against each other and we’re going to choose the top two or three vendors and we’re going to split the show up between them. That’s our game plan. So we maximize the quality. Everybody’s busy now because there’s a lot of conversion work.
Which original movie Cameron will work on next is in question. Cameron wouldn't admit that Avatar 2 was "inevitable," even if he admitted in April that the sequel would be "focusing on the ocean on Pandora". According to Cameron, the only hold-up seems to be that "we still haven’t worked out our deal with 20th Century Fox."
So we’re still in an ongoing negotiation on [Avatar 2]. Because it’s a big piece of business, and I’m trying to map it out as a game plan that stretches forward 10 years. And they don’t like to think that long term. We’ll get it worked out, probably. I would assign a high probability to that. Whether that’s my next film or not remains to be seen.
Besides Battle angel, Avatar 2 could have another challenger for Cameron's attention: a 3-D (duh) movie about Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie.
There’s a Cleopatra project in work, meaning that it’s been in development at Sony. And it’s a subject that’s always fascinated me. So yeah, I’ve been talking to them about it but no decisions have been made. But it sounds hot, doesn’t it? I mean, Angelina Jolie and Cleopatra? To me, that’s like a slam dunk. Whether I wind up doing it or not, I think it’s going to be a great project.
Jolie has been linked to Cleopatra since July, reportedly with Steven Soderbergh at the helm of a movie that was planned as a musical. At the time, Jolie said the project was "in the early stages," and was without a script.