James Cameron on Spider-Man reboot?
The story about James Cameron helping out on the new Spider-Man film, the one taking the character back to his teenage years, might just be a bit misleading for the film.
After I read the story I mulled it over a little, and now I've come out wondering just how much Cameron will be involved in the story and the direction, and how much he'll be dealing with making sure the 3D technology he and his teams developed is used correctly and to its fullest potential.
It's confirmed now that James Cameron will be mentoring the new Spider-Man director Marc Webb, but that may not mean James Cameron suggesting anything to do with the story of Spider-Man or the actual direction of the film.
The reason is that it would appear Marc Webb wants to use the Avatar (Filmstalker review) technology on the new Spider-Man film, and since that's only been used on one film so far and it involved so many new technologies and techniques that helped Cameron and his team take some fourteen years to see happen from concept to big screen, it might be something that Webb, or any director, would think they might need some assistance with. Especially if they aren't allowed years for the production.
Total Film is where I pulled the story from, but it's not picking up on the fact that Cameron could well just be here to help Webb with the 3D and have nothing to do with the film creativeness other than the 3D and technicalities of filming.
Sure James Cameron wrote a Spider-Man script a long time ago, and fans weren't impressed, does that mean he would want to return to it now and whisper into someone else's ear on how to make it and see another director take the project away with him?
No, I can't see that happening. Cameron is big enough and wealthy enough to stand up and make his own Spider-Man film, and I don't think he wants to do that. That's where I differ on the quote that is being banded around, I think he's saying he doesn't want to get involved in the film itself, and he's more or less confirming that this is only about the 3D:
”I think Hollywood's in a bit of a rut. They've done the good ones and they're starting to get down to the second and third tier of superheroes”
To me he sounds like he's slagging off the entire range of Superhero films, and you know what? He's right.
No, I think we'll see Cameron advising on the 3D, and Webb left to try and make something out of the teen-angst Spider-Man reboot which has a good chance of failing and being viewed as a the bad idea in the franchise, something that every superhero franchise has, some a few.