Earlier this month, the record-breaking box office run of Star Wars: The Force Awakens came to an end with a whopping $936.6 million domestically and $2.06 billion worldwide. While the domestic tally shattered the record of $760.5 million by James Cameron's Avatar back in 2009, the global tally still couldn't surpass Avatar's $2.7 billion take. While the filmmaker continues to prep his long-awaited Avatar sequels, he recently shared his thoughts about the movie that broke his record, and it isn't exactly a glowing review.
A new interview with the filmmaker recently surfaced on Gizmodo, where he doesn't necessarily trash The Force Awakens, but it's clear that he is a bigger fan of the originals. He does add that he's interested to see how the trilogy will continue, but he has more respect for George Lucas' original trilogy. Here's what he had to say below.
"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 say where they're taking it next, see what they're doing with it. I have to say that I felt that George's group of six films had more innovative visual imagination. This film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you have 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."
Of course, James Cameron wasn't the first to criticize Star Wars: The Force Awakens for being too similar to the original trilogy, with many fans pointing out the vast similarities between director J.J. Abrams' adventure and George Lucas' original classic Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. There have been rumors that the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is currently filming in London, will also have a number of similarities to The Empire Strikes Back as well. Rey (Daisy Ridley) will reportedly begin her Jedi training with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), while being tempted to go help her friends Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) after they are captured by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
Those plot details haven't been confirmed as of yet, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just the start of this revamped franchise. The first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters this December, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25, 2018), Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) and a third spinoff reportedly centering on Boba Fett, which is eyeing a 2020 release. Take a look at a portion of James Cameron's interview below where he shares his thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.