What should Cameron tackle next?

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We all know what a great job Jim Cameron has done on Titanic. There have been reports he might tackle Spiderman next. But, given his sucess with Titanic and his ability to make the audience care about the charaters in even large scale movies, does anyone have a prefence for his next subject/event to tackle for a movie?

-- Dave Cook (dcook@idirect.com), February 03, 1998


My opinion only, but I think that anything he does will be compared to Titanic and that will be a difficult situation. I think he should probably do some strict fiction, or something that can not be compared to this film in any way. At any rate, Titanic will go down as his finest work and anything he does may be great, but will not equal or even come close to this film. Maybe he should retire!

Regards, Peter

-- Peter Nivling (pcnivling@capecod.net), February 03, 1998.

Cameron has talked about making a "small" film (i.e. under nine figures), about doing what people least expect from him.

I've got ideas for his next project: I'll have do lunch with him sometime. ;)

For starters, an adaptation of the Robert A. Heinlein novel "The Door into Summer".

-- Thomas M. Terashima (thomas@multimedia.edu), February 03, 1998.

Good point, Peter. If I were him I would do something small, small, small. But no matter what he does, it'll be under a microscope by critics and the movie-going public.

-- Dave Cook (dcook@idirect.com), February 03, 1998.

Yes, that was one thing I was thinking about, a thought-provoking science fiction movie. We've already had "Contact" last year, which I thought was quite good. What would Cameron do with something like, say, "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Childhood's End", Or a remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

-- Dave Cook (dcook@idirect.com), February 03, 1998.

Perhaps "Lusitania" or "Andrea Doria!" Just kidding! They would likely flop, but it would be nice to see Cameron roll a ship over (Andrea Doria)now that he has sunk one by the bow.

-- Jeff (JTrayner@pacbell.net), February 05, 1998.

Maybe Cameron could team up with Spielberg (sp?) and do a love story/action/alien abduction movie about the Mary Celeste!

-- Laura (lrc@usit.net), February 06, 1998.

An autobiography. This guy was born to an engineer and artist in Canada, and they moved to southern CA early in his life. At one point he was a truck driver and had no money when he was experimenting with special effects. This book could be of major inspiration. Especially interesting would be the politics of making this movie. Unless this info is covered in HBO's show which I haven't seen, I'm confident I'm not the only one curious about his Hollywood tribulations. Most important, he should be relaxing and sailing life with Linda, doing the little things he may have never found time for. A guy of so many talents has a world of opportunities. If he is inclined to make a movie, I agree it should be low budget. The next "most expensive movie in history" should be made by someone else, and it should be "Earthquake", covering the 1905 disaster in San Francisco. Yes, there needs to be a love story or two in it. Perhaps Cameron could assist in some way, but I'd hate to see him responsible if it flopped!

-- Bob Gregorio (rgregori@pacbell.net), February 09, 1998.

Peter, retirement sounds like a neat option. Like the last crossing of E.J. Smith . . . only successful. Regardless of past and future films, I do believe that Cameron will be remembered best for Titanic, the blockbuster of the late twentieth century. He has said himself that he has something small in mind for his next project. Maybe he will direct some strange foreign film no one will ever look at twice. Wouldn't that be ironic. ;)

-- Rose (rosemarie17@hotmail.com), February 10, 1998.

I don't know if this would be his NEXT project, but I read somewhere that he was looking at doing Spiderman, and he even said that he mentioned the lead role to Leo DiCaprio, and thought that he would be terrific at it.

Has anyone else heard/seen that?

I also read somewhere that Planet of the Apes was another project he was looking at (again, don't know if that would be NEXT)

-- Caron (bianchi@iserv.net), February 12, 1998.

Caron: I also read that Cameron was considering "Spiderman" as his next project. He did discuss the role with Leo, looking at him as a potential lead. As you know, Cameron has a trend of casting actors he's worked with before. However, I have also heard him say that he plans to direct something small the next time around. A little contradictory? I guess we just have to wait and see. :)

-- Rose (rosemarie17@hotmail.com), February 13, 1998.

check out these two sites for information on J. Cameron's possible next project and anne rice's thoughts on leo.



-- Shaunna (Shaunna@visualmetrics.com), February 13, 1998.

If the saying "Write what you know," has any credence: True Lies 2.

-- Thomas M. Terashima (titanicShack@yahoo.com), May 04, 1998.

I'm not sure what you meant by that Thomas, but anyway....I heard he wanted to do a movie called Avatar, and that he was going to do Anne Rice' s The Mummy. I'd love to see that done his way.

-- Lianne (liannegraham@one.net.au), May 05, 1998.

The recently-married James Cameron and Linda Hamilton are now separated. It has been noted that they have had a turbulent long-time relationship, and a five-year-old daughter.

Apparently, he was "multitasking".

Consider the themes and plot points in True Lies, and the gossip surrounding the recent break-up: it is pretty ironic.

-- Thomas M. Terashima (titanicShack@yahoo.com), May 05, 1998.

There had been some talk on Titanic Shack that Cameron might tackle Rice's the Mummy. Well if you believe that Hollywood movies always come in clumps (for example the Robin Hood movies and now the Comet movies) then mayber your right! According to the following people article a non-Rice mummy movie is on the horizon, so if Hollywood follows form at least one other mummy movie will be made. Hear that Jim?

Brendan Fraser to Star in Universal Pictures' `The Mummy,' an Alphaville Production to Be Directed By Stephen Sommers

`Death is only the beginning.'

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Principal photography has begun in Marrakech, Morocco on Universal Pictures' ``The Mummy,'' an Alphaville production starring Brendan Fraser (``George of The Jungle''), Rachel Weisz (``Swept From The Sea'') and John Hannah (``Sliding Doors''). Written and directed by Stephen Sommers (Rudyard Kipling's ``The Jungle Book,'' ``The Adventures of Huck Finn''), the film is being produced by Jim Jacks and Sean Daniel (``Tombstone,'' ``Michael,'' ``Dazed & Confused'').

A full-scale re-imagining of Universal Pictures' seminal 1932 film in which Boris Karloff created the title character, ``The Mummy'' is a rousing, humorous, suspenseful and horrifying epic about an expedition of treasure- seeking explorers in the Sahara Desert in 1925. Stumbling upon an ancient tomb, the hunters unwittingly set loose a 3,000 year old legacy of terror, which is embodied in the vengeful reincarnation of an Egyptian priest who had been sentenced to an eternity as one of the living dead.

Brendan Fraser heads the cast of ``The Mummy'' as Rick O'Connell, a swashbuckling mercenary who leads the expedition to the site of a legendary City of the Dead. Rachel Weisz is Evelyn, a spirited antiquarian who hires O'Connell to lead the search; and John Hannah plays Evelyn's ne'er-do-well brother Jonathan. Arnold Vosloo (``Hard Target,'' ``Zeus And Roxanne''), who plays the title role, leads the supporting cast.

Industrial Light & Magic, the Academy Award-winning creators of the visual effects for ``Men In Black,'' ``The Lost World: Jurassic Park'' and ``Twister,'' will produce the ground-breaking visual effects necessary to bring the awe- inspiring and terrifying world of ``The Mummy'' to life on the screen.

A distinguished behind-the-scenes team has been assembled for ``The Mummy,'' including co-producer Patricia Carr (Indiana Jones Trilogy, ``Fierce Creatures''); director of photography Adrian Biddle (``The Butcher Boy,'' ``Event Horizon''); production designer Allan Cameron (``Starship Troopers''); costume designer John Bloomfield (``Waterworld''); film editor Bob Ducsay (Rudyard Kipling's ``The Jungle Book''); make-up effects supervisor Nick Dudman (``Star Wars''); special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (``Tomorrow Never Dies''); visual effects producer Jennifer Bell (``Batman Forever'') and stunt coordinator Simon Crane (``Titanic'').

In addition to Marrakech, ``The Mummy'' will also be filmed in the Morrocan desert city of Erfoud, and at Shepperton Studios in England. The film will be released by Universal Pictures in 1999.

Universal Pictures is part of Universal Studios, a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd. (NYSE: VO - news), a global beverage and entertainment company.

SOURCE: Universal Pictures

-- Crystal Smithwick (crystal@9v.com), May 12, 1998.

I've checked Anne Rice's page where she informed us that Cameron started filming of The Mummy in August of 97. She later went on to say it would probably take 2 years; hopefully then summer or fall of this year! She also went on to say how much she admired Leo.

-- Mark Bondurant (emerson@users.qual.net), February 01, 1999.

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