James Cameron, the director of the 2009 box office sensation "Avatar," admitted that he and studio officials "clashed over certain things" during the making of the picture.
The making of James Cameron's epic adventure picture, the highest-grossing movie of all time, wasn't easy, the director said to The New York Times on Friday.
Without naming the studio, Cameron claimed that executives believed the epic movie "should be shorter" and that actors were flying around on banshee-like monsters too much.
According to our exit polls and data collection, "Well, it turns out that's what the audience appreciated the most," Cameron recalled.
And there, I simply drew a line in the sand and declared, "You know what? I produced "Titanic." We're now meeting in a brand-new, $500 million structure on your property. That was paid for by "Titanic," therefore I get to do this.
The studio allegedly commended the director for his pushback after the director told The Times that "Avatar" is "still competitive with everything that's out there these days."
According to Cameron, "I feel that my role is to defend their investment, frequently against their own judgement." But everything is well as long as I safeguard their investment.
Cameron's thoughts on the hit movie were published around three months before its follow-up, "Avatar: The Way of Water," was due out on December 16.
13 years have passed since the first movie, a wait that Cameron admitted previously made him "a little worried" in advance of December.
In our fast-paced, modern society, I was a little worried that I had stretched the tether too far, but that was before we released the teaser trailer and received 148 million views in 24 hours, according to Cameron, who spoke to The Times.
Wow, we haven't seen that in a while, but I remember how wonderful that was back then. This is the rarely seen but much pondered principle. Does that work to our advantage? I'm not sure. I suppose we will find out.