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Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.
Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...
Early ideas stage
The long and winding »
In the Heart of the Sea, 2015.
Directed by Ron Howard.
Massachusetts, 1850. Young novelist Herman Melville visits ageing Thomas Nickerson, the only survivor of the Essex, a whaling ship sunk decades earlier by a great white whale. Nickerson recounts the remarkable true story of the Essex, her crew, and what they endured…
Everybody knows the story of Moby Dick. Even if you’ve never read Herman Melville’s novel published in 1850, you’ve probably heard of the great whale and Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest to defeat it. The less familiar tale is the one that inspired Melville to write his great American novel, a tale published by Nathaniel Philbrick in his 2000 book ‘In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex‘. You see Melville based the Moby Dick plot on a real life incident, »
- Tony Black
James Cameron just won’t let this go, will he? Having spent the last decade almost in development and finally pre-production on a sequel to Avatar, his 2009 3D science-fiction epic which remains the most lucrative film ever made (only second even to Gone With the Wind, adjusted for inflation) what then expanded to three sequels making up a trilogy has now expanded to four, a quadrilogy, all of which presumably will shoot simultaneously and leave Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and co. effectively locked up for surely a couple of years reacting to green screen (to which Twitter reacted wonderfully, incidentally). Who’s to say Cameron will stop at four? Before now and the start of filming, this could spawn the Avatar Extended Universe the way the self-professed ‘King of the World’ is going. The strange thing about the Avatar sequels is »
- Tony Black
James Cameron made a surprise appearance at CinemaCon today during the 20th Century Fox presentation, with the filmmaker announcing that we’ll be getting Four sequels to his 2009 box office behemoth Avatar. The filmmaker revealed that the plan is for each sequel to work as an individual story, but forming “a complete saga” together.
Prior to the release of the first movie, Cameron had suggested that he had plans for a further two sequels, before upping that to three in 2012. Avatar 2 was initially announced for release in December 2014 but has been pushed back several times, most recently to avoid Star Wars: Episode VIII. The current plan is for Avatar 2 to arrive in 2018, followed by Avatar 3 in 2020, Avatar 4 is 2022 and Avatar 5 in 2023.
Cameron has been chipping away at the scripts »
- Gary Collinson
One of the reasons I love James Cameron is because he is so absurdly ambitious, and more often than not, when he aims high, he actually hits the target. From The Abyss through Avatar, every time Cameron made a film, it would be accompanied by tons of press about how much money he was spending and how crazy he was and what a giant failure each film would be. It’s become a fairly familiar pattern. How many times in a row does someone have to do something before people stop predicting failure? At least three times, he’s made the most expensive movie of all time and the film has become a massive hit anyway. Forget about the business side of things, though. What I love about James Cameron is his single-mindedness. When he believes in something, he attacks it with everything he has. I remember the two years »
- Drew McWeeny
5 items from 2016
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