James Cameron, director of one big budget sci-fi movie that is a retelling of Pocahontas, and another big budget movie that is a retelling of the story of a famous boat that sank, dissed today’s Hollywood for making too many stories that are based on the retelling of famous stories or that use licensed brands to sell tickets. The dissing occurred the German magazine Spiegel.
In particular, he takes aim at current movie projects based on board games, such as Battleship, which he calls ridiculous. “This degrades the cinema,” he says. (source)
Cameron is currently at work on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.
He claims boardgame movies degrade cinema, but is making Avatar 2 and 3. Hypocrit.
I don’t think he is dissing boardgames. He is dissing movies based on lame licenses. I bet he would diss the Stretch Armstrong movie in the same way.
yeah, he’s not dissing boardgames. Monopoly, and battleship the movie is a freaking dumb idea made by execs not artists.
My understanding is that the very idea of using a board game as an inspiration for a movie somehow makes it degrading to cinema.
A movie has to have a compelling story – or whatever it is that the movie is trying to do – regardless of its source or inspiration. The idea that something based on a board game automatically makes it degrading is uninformed snobbery, imho.
What about the fact that a movie based on Monopoly/Battleship degrades the board game industry?
He isn’t complaining about board games at all. He is complaining about the incredibly lame movie themes based on board game licenses. “Battleship” IS a terrible theme for a movie. Cameron is right.
I’m with Fez. The only good game-based movie I can think of was Clue, and that wasn’t because of the game connection — it was because of Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Michael McKean.
He did not diss boardgames nor did he, nor did he diss “current movie projects based on board games”
He talked about ONE movie based on ONE boardgame, and he was talking about a lack of story telling in movies today.
Very irresponsible title and summary. One less feed for my news reader.