Think before you speak/make five god damn Avatar movies.
James Cameron, patron saint of sci-fi sequels, is weighing in on a sci-fi sequel. Speaking in an expansive, otherwise excellent interview with Vulture, Cameron was asked about Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant, and had this to say (emphasis my own):
“The franchise has kind of wandered all over the map. Ridley (Scott)
did the first film, and he inspired an entire generation of filmmakers
and science-fiction fans with that one movie and there have been so
many films that stylistically have derived from it, including my own
Aliens, which was the legitimate sequel and, I think, the proper
heir to his film.”
Shit, dude. “The legitimate sequel”? That’s pretty rich. Aliens was wonderful, but replaced the vibe of Scott’s tightly-wound horror with an all-action badass adventure movie. Both are masterpieces in their own right, but the middling Prometheus is still more thematically linked to Alien.
Like any good aging, increasingly out-of-touch filmmaker who doesn’t know what’s good for them, Cameron went on:
“It’s like, okay, we’ve got it, we’ve got the whole Freudian
biomechanoid meme. I’ve seen it in 100 horror films since. I think
both of those films stand at a certain point in time, as a reference
point. But is there any validity to doing another one now? I don’t
know. Maybe. Let’s see, jury’s out. Let’s see what Ridley comes up
Let us not forget James Cameron is the dude in the midst of making four consecutive Avatar movies, passing judgment on what counts as a “legitimate sequel”. In the coming decade we will be getting, presumably, over six hundred minutes of more Avatar, and, according to Cameron, all of it apparently vital.
Alien: Covenant will be released on May 19, looks cool as hell, and is one movie. The Avatar sequels will start coming out in December 2018, will be about blue tree cats, and will never, ever cease.
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