Director James Cameron shared his thoughts on “Star Wars.” However, his comments raised more questions than answers.
Cameron responded to a question from reporter Hannah Litchfield during a conversation about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Movie Pilot reported.
Litchfield asked him what he thought of the movie, which seemed simple to answer. However, the question might have proved too difficult for the “Avator” director to answer, the publication surmised.
“Well, George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film. I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next. You know, see what they’re doing with it,” Cameron said.
“An analytical observation although it seemed to steer clear of the topic,” the publication wrote. While his initial remarks seemed diplomatic, Cameron’s next statements were not.
“I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before, characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So, for me the jury’s out, I want to see where they go with it,” Cameron added.
“We’ve decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic project, making four epic films, each one of which stands alone but which together form a complete saga,” he said at the CinemaCon in Las Vegas last April. However, don’t expect the release dates of his films to coincide with those of “Star Wars.”
“My original plan was to release them a year apart… I don’t want to land on the same date as one of the ‘Star Wars’ sequels,” The Wrap cited excerpts of his interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland. Cameron also joked it “wouldn’t be fair to them.”
“No, that’s just good business. I don’t want to go head-to-head with ‘Star Wars.’ That would be stupid. And hopefully they won’t want to go head-to-head with us,” he added.
“Star Wars” didn’t earn as much as Cameron’s “Avatar” or “Titanic” at the box office. Yet it seems the director isn’t about to take chances by challenging the Force, the publication surmised.