James Cameron Sinks Universal's Battleship

James-Cameron_225.jpgIt seems James Cameron is saving his judge-y haymakers for bigger fish than just Piranha 3D. The King of the World told a German website that no film better embodies Hollywood's creative bankruptcy than Universal's two ka-billion dollar adaptation of Battleship. "We have a story crisis. Now they want to make the Battleship game into a film," said Cameron to Spiegel. "This is pure desperation." And how! Just wait until he finds out it co-stars Rihanna and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

Continued Cameron, via translation: "Everyone in Hollywood knows how important it is that a film is a brand before it hit theaters. If a brand has been around, Harry Potter for example, or Spider-Man, you are light years ahead. And there lies the problem. Because unfortunately these franchises are become more ridiculous. Battleship. This degrades the cinema."

Note to Universal: When the guy that made a movie about 9 foot tall aliens who use their tentacles to have sex with nature calls your movie ridiculous, you might have a problem.

· James Cameron Blasts Peter Berg's 'Battleship' Adaptation [Reelz Channel]


  • Moviefile says:

    Cameron's lashing out because he's still not over his X-wife beating him out for the Oscar. The latest buzz about the Battleship movie is that it actually may end up being pretty good.

  • stolidog says:

    um, no.

  • Jan Logan says:

    And Pirates of the Carribean was based on a ride. Perhaps we should wait and see the final product before judging, much like we did with Avatar and Titanic.

  • GLAM says:

    @Moviefile: Cameron has a point and understands the cinema more than someone who gossips about an Oscar that won an ex-wife and "latest buzz" about a movie.

  • woohoo says:

    Does James Cameron think he is a great screenwriter? He is not. He is a great director and is good enough at that to cast the right people in the right roles and to guide the vision of his films. Usually the downside of his films is the terrible dialogue he insists on writing. I'll wait to see what Peter Berg manages to do with Battleship before judging it. If Chris Nolan made these comments I'd see them differently. But in the meantime I'm not going to credit James Cameron as a "story" guy.

  • casting couch says:

    That photo of Cameron should be under 'smug' in the dictionary.

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  • The Big Picture says:

    As much as I may not agree with things James Cameron and things he has done, I wholeheartedly agree this comment. He's right. And if you don't think he is, then you are perpetuating a trend in film that's ultimately going in the wrong direction.

  • shaun says:

    Hurt locker is the worst war movie ever !!!

  • Tremors says:

    James Cameron remade Pocahontas and called it Avatar, how dare he talk about originality. HE EVEN MADE THE ORIGINAL SEQUEL TO PIRANHA, which was a steaming pile of crap, even to people in the horror community. To me, people like James Cameron are the ones ruining cinema.

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