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James Cameron says no True Lies II

TrueLies.jpgWell that was quick, but James Cameron has opened up and revealed that there are no plans for a True Lies II whatsoever, and that he'd not be keen to do anything that followed the same approach as before because of the Islamic connection.

It confirms something I keep saying about actors dishing out rumours and reveals like this, more often than not they are pushing for the film or role themselves, by putting the idea out there and gaining public approval, they can make those who really have the decision making power sit up and notice.

They're marketing the idea in the hope that they'll get the job. It's something you would do in any area of business and is particularly effective in the world of films.

So when Tom Arnold talked about a True Lies II yet again, saying that it was all happening and everyone was signed, James Cameron was quick to come back through AICN and Cinema Blend:

I think Tom was joking. There are no plans for a True Lies 2. I don't know about the creative direction thing... I'm always down for a good action/comedy ( actually we always classified the film as a "domestic epic"). But since September 11, I've never felt comfortable generating laughs with nuke-toting Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. True Lies, even though it has a cautionary thread underneath the pratfalls, is in a strange way a product of a more innocent time.

But if we ever do another True Lies, I wouldn't dream of doing it without Tom. He's a good friend and a very funny guy.

Well that's that idea well and truly squashed, or is it? Cue maniacal laugh.

There are other ways to look at it, James Cameron is covering up, although I don't think he'd kill the idea this much, or Tom Arnold's plan is already working and the idea is racing around the internet and hitting people behind the film already, the director no less.

Of course Cameron seems to be pretty much against the idea of doing the same story again, although I totally disagree with his reasoning since we ought to be "generating laughs" from things that otherwise will have us not talking about them and bringing us fear, but no matter, that's not really an issue, because they could easily change the bad guy.

I mean True Lies did not hinge on the foreign bad guy, although Art Malik played him really well, it did not hinge on a particularly country, the threat of a nuclear attack within the US, it just needed a big enough bad guy and a big enough threat to get the team involved and pull them into very dangerous situations.

Surely they could use any threat or bad guy, even any country? If thrillers can be made of such subjects why can't comedies?

True Lies II could work if they put their minds to it. The danger now is that this publicity stunt for the film will end up getting a studio involved and no James Cameron, and then they head off and write something half hearted.

So no True Lies II I'm afraid…for now.



Thanks God. True Lies was an awful film. Years later I'm still irate that anyone likes that movie. Idiots!

JPX, people who have a different taste in films than you are not necessarily idiots.

Or to put it another way, your own taste in films does not make you clever.

Personally I'm no fan of True Lies and in a post 911 world it'd be tricky to do. Unless you use puppets of course.

it ticks me off to no end that it ticks you off that people enjoy a movie, JPX.

How dare those fools.

I can totally see a True Lies II working, I don't understand why it wouldn't work, as I said above in the article.

i agree with Richard, I think a sequel could work...

[perhaps using a formula which is not restricted to one particular area of the world...

exploring themes that have been used in previous action movies but at a more developed level: [ref under siege 1,2...

Diehard 3 Cliffhanger explores the action role model with more flair and originality than many other action films...]

I saw 'avatar' recently although the special effects were great the film was not very memorable when I look back...

I would argue the orginal true lies took longer to plan properly to acheive success and therefore Cameron feels to do a 'equal' sequal there simlpy is't the scope at the moment...

[i think true lies is camerons best film...]

finally i always thought true lies was better than most of the bond films and is better than the latest Bourne films not just becasuse of arnie but because of the lavish stucture and dynamics of the film which runs several 'highlights' throughout rather than running a more 'predictable' strcuture like in [Dr.No] or [goldfinger]

[also i likes the surprise elements of the opening moments in true lies and the clever use of 'fighterjets' and the 'shoot out' in the bay area after harry is captured...]

[any plans for a sequal should be filmed in Australia to capture more of the same but with more intensity and action...]

ideally they would have to bring back Arnie and perhaps aim for an 18[uk] certificate with greater emphasis on more 'selective and adventrous' action.

ie 'jet ski' and a 'side kick female agent' more developed fight sequences 'extreme speed car chases' around Syndey opera house bay area / some religious intrigue to [like in last crusade 1989] [ref MI2 2000]


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