James Cameron has created some of the biggest box office successes of all time. When Avatar became the highest grossing movie of all-time, the first time, it achieved that honor by surpassing Cameron’s own Titianic. However, while Cameron’s movies tend to make a lot of money, that’s almost by necessity, because they also tend to cost a lot of money. Cameron says he used to get defensive about the costs of his productions, but now he doesn’t because he knows he’s putting the money to good use.
Speaking with GQ, James Cameron says that, if he thinks there’s a good enough reason to it, he would argue in favor of spending $1 billion on a movie. His argument is that, quite simply, he doesn't waste the money. Whatever he’s spending it’s because he thinks it’s needed to make the movie work. Cameron explains…
And it has to be said, that when James Cameron gives people what he thinks they want on the screen, the people tend to show up. Whether it’s the sinking of the Titanic or an entire alien world, displayed in state of the art 3D, Cameron gets a return on the investment that the studio makes. And thanks to Cameron's track record of success, when he walks into a studio and tells them he wants to make four Avatar sequels, with the first two being shot simultaneously, it doesn’t appear there were significant hurdles to making that happen.
At the end of the day, the studio isn’t going to care about lending out a lot of money as long as they believe they’re going to get a lot more money back. And Cameron says that, quite simply, his films are a good investment. It’s just another business transaction. Cameron continues…
Making movies is a strange balance between art and commerce but James Cameron seems to have found the way to make it all work. He understands that making movies is a business, and that he needs to do right by those that are providing the money, but doing that allows him to tell the stories and create the crowd pleasing spectacles that he wants to make.
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