James Cameron was at the premiere of his reportedly excellent 3D IMAX Titanic documentary, Ghosts of the Abyss, at the London Science Museum. Empire Online took the opportunity to quiz him on what other projects the director had in the pipeline.
Aliens 5: It looks like Cameron will be making a return to the Alien series of films. This time around he has no intention of directing, opting to write and produce instead.
"We're definitely looking at another Alien film but that wouldn't be something I'd be directing. I'm just going to be writing and producing that one."
Ramses The Damned: Anne Rice's book, Ramses The Damned, is another project he is involved with, but again not as director. The production has been on the back burner for a while to get the timing right. "We've been holding off because of the two Mummy films that Universal did. Although they're very different tonally, they are very much in the same area code in terms of the imagery you'd see."
Cameron seems to have been bitten by the 3D bug, as the next picture he is planning to direct is a, "big budget 3D feature". He was not very forthcoming with any details of the project.
"The only thing I can really say about the film, which we're going to start next January, is that it's a big budget feature, it's going to be in 3D, it's going to have lots of action and stunts and visual effects and all that cool stuff. But that's it, I can't say any more."
AICN also has a report on this event that came from various attendees, and it sheds a little more light into the depths of this murky project. When pushed to expand upon his comments he said that it would be virtually impossible to make, it was in the science fiction genre and that it would feature actor driven synthepsians. The director also acknowledged that getting desired 500-1000 cinemas kitted out to cope with 3D would be a big task in itself. Perhaps he should speak to George Lucas about his forays with digital projection.
Battle Angel Alita: Another movie he has plans to direct is Battle Angel Alita an adaptation of a popular Manga series, which will also be made in 3D. Cameron seems quite enthused about the project as he elaborated in an interview with Hot Dog Magazine:
"Battle Angel is a very real possibility, and that's the film that I fully intend to direct, that I *will* direct? The issue is will it be the next film, or will it be the one after the next film? That's really all there is to it at this point. We've done a tremendous amount of design for the film, we're fine-tuning the script, it's just a matter of time."