James Cameron teases Terminator 2 3D, talks Spider-Man

News Simon Brew 2 Jun 2014 - 06:48

James Cameron chats about how close he came to making Spider-Man, along with the possibility of Terminator 2 in 3D.

With physical production edging ever closer on his three planned Avatar sequels, writer/director James Cameron took some time out over the weekend to head to the Hero Complex Film Festival in the US. And while he was there, he was asked whether plans were afoot to release either of his Terminator movies in 3D.

Cameron pretty much ruled out doing anything with the first film. "You could upgrade it to 3D but it’s still pretty gritty, available light photography, low budget filmmaking. We’d spend more converting it to 3D than we spent on the movie. That feels a little imbalanced to me", he told the crowd.

But Terminator 2? Cameron argues that it's a "more polished film", adding that "it’s never been on screens in China which in the next few years is about to become the biggest market for films worldwide. That alone might justify the cost of a conversion which might be 6 or 7 million dollars. And then a 3D re-release might attract some eyeballs in North American and Europe and then the Chinese release, which would be the first release on the big screen, might pay for it.

Cameron went on to say that this is some distance away from saying it's happening, but instead that "we're looking at it".

He then discussed his aborted plan to bring Spider-Man to the big screen, some time before Sony snapped up the rights and pressed ahead with Sam Raimi's original trilogy. "I was going to launch that as a series of films. I wrote quite an extensive treatment – I think 80 or 90 pages long" he said, having persuaded Carolco to buy up the rights.

However, Carolco went to the wall - as we talked about here - and when the rights became available, Cameron was well into making Titanic. As such, Sony moved in, and Cameron's Spider-Man films were never to be.

The first of James Cameron's Avatar sequels in due in cinemas at the end of 2016.


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Isn't "6 or 7 million dollars" pretty much peanuts these days?

I've heard things about his SM treatment that were totally bewildering. If it's true, then he would have 'Cameronised' the entire thing, throwing out elements of the SM fiction that he didn't like, changing others, and turning it into something not wholly recognisable as SM.

I'd be more interested in a blu ray release of The Abyss

f**k off jim, why anyone would want to see terminator 2 in 3d is beyond comprehension, try making a decent film for a change instead of doing all this 3d shite

Yeah I've only heard bad, bad things about his vision for Spider-man so I'm glad he missed out. And I love his pre-Titanic work.

Where are your billions of dollars and most profitable films of all time?

T2 in 3D would be cool - wasn't the ride at Universal Studios in 3D too?

What sort of things have you guys heard, out of interest?

I think Cameron looked at it twice. First treatment had quite a few changes to the comics I've heard and Arnie being mentioned as Doc Ock. Second treatment (which I've only just found out about) sounded a bit better. Closer to the comics with Electro and Sandman as baddies but quite sweary and having an odd sex-scene with Mary-Jane.

Just give us The Abyss on Blu-Ray FFS. Isn't that about time?

Id love an IMAX 3D T2! So many scenes could work so well, like looking through the hole blown into the T1000.
Count me in if it's made

I'm still dreaming that all movies that come out in 3D are shot with 3D cameras instaid of that post conversion stuff.

Spiderwebs instead of dreadlock tentacles... I don't know if tgats better or worse.

Damn straight!

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