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James Cameron’s Masterpieces: 16 Films He Started But Abandoned Midway

caste of James Cameron He made his debut as a director more than 40 years ago. In that entire time he’s only directed nine fiction films – and it’s already confirmed that the tenth will be ‘Avatar 3’ -, but his name has been linked to several other titles as a director, including He didn’t speak at the end. , Some moved on with someone else behind the scenes, but others quickly fell into oblivion.

We at Espinof wanted to take advantage of the fact that ‘Avatar: The Sense of Water’ is continuing to bomb at the box office to remind us of other movies. 16 movies that James Cameron set in motion -or at least wanted to- but they stayed on the way, The ‘Avatar’ phenomenon has a lot to do with it in many respects, but there are titles that go back much further than Pandora in the mind of its author. Let’s go with them:

‘Alita: Angel of Combat’

manga adaptation of yukito kishiro It was going to be Cameron’s first film in the 21st century, but he shelved it in favor of ‘Avatar’. He later briefly toyed with the idea of ​​making it a trilogy, but abandoned the project again, eventually handing it over to robert rodriguezAlthough Cameron is credited as producer and co-writer of an influential but somewhat uneven film.

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‘Bright Angel Falling’


It sounds like James Cameron’s ‘Armageddon’, as it tells the story of a meteorite bound for Earth that threatens to destroy everything and the efforts of a group of astronauts to avoid it. It’s not entirely clear whether he was going to direct it, but he co-wrote the screenplay Peter Hyams, Unfortunately, the script was leaked online and the project was shelved.

‘Doomsday Protocol’

Seven Samurai

A futuristic science fiction film announced in 2009 described as a successor to ‘The Seven Samurai’ in which a group of humans and aliens come together to save Earth. written by shane salermoIt was said at the time that Cameron was going to work on its development, but nothing was ever heard of it again.

‘Dungeons and Dragons’

Dragons And Dungeons

James Cameron was one of the many directors who were involved with the project at some point, which shaped the disastrous film released in the year 2000. The impossibility of the company that published the game reaching an agreement with Fox, where the filmmaker worked at the time, made this impossible to materialize.

‘heavy metal’

Love Death Robot

It Was Announced That The Animated Saga ‘Heavy Metal’ Was Going To Return In 2008 david fincher sponsoring the project. Fincher himself was going to direct a story and it was said that both guillermo del toro As Zack Snyder and Gore Verbinski They wanted to take care of each other. Cameron did not join the project until a year later, to serve as co-executive producer and direct one of the stories. Things got messy and Cameron left a project we know today as ‘Love, Death and Robots’.

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Cameron has even announced that this adaptation of the novel will be the first film he will make after completing his work on the first two Avatar sequels. taylor stevens About an American missionary woman in Cameroon who suffers a traumatic experience at age 14 and who later works for the government and various corporations seeking specialized information in the area. Of course, its premiere was expected for 2016 and everything indicates that it has been put aside in favor of more ‘Avatar’ installments.

‘The Mummy’ (by Anne Rice)


In the mid-1990s, Fox acquired the rights to the novel. Anne Rice about Ramses the Damned, of which he would publish two new installments several years later, and signed Cameron on to direct it, but the project never moved forward and the studio lost the rights.

‘Dangerous Lies 2’

Risky Lie

An announced sequel for which it had a script to the liking of all the main parties involved. The major problem was that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 led Cameron to conclude that “Terrorism is no longer something that you can take lightly like we did earlier. I can’t think how it can be done in the current environment“. Everything indicates that this will never be done.

‘Jurassic Park’

Jurassic Park

Cameron was keen to make a film based on the novel Michael CrichtonBut it wasn’t the only one and it wasn’t even the fastest since Steven Spielberg He bought the rights just hours before the tryout. Of course, Cameron admitted after seeing the film that he was happy about it and that he would not have been the right person to direct it.

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‘Avatar’ prequel


Cameron announced in 2012 that he had an ‘Avatar’ prequel in mind that “It goes back to the first expeditions to Pandora and what happened between the humans and the Na’vi.But it seems they scrapped the idea, as at the time they highlighted that everything until ‘Avatar 5’ would be a sequel to the first installment…

‘Screaming Steel’

Randall Frakes

A science fiction project about a sort of futuristic motorcycle gang – Cameron wanted them to use some sort of pocket rocket instead of motorcycles – in which he collaborated Randall Frakes and JF Lawton One script of which came into being in 1991, but the filmmaker was not entirely satisfied with the result and was shelved.



Novel of Stanislav Lem Science fiction had already been brought to the big screen by Andrei Tarkovsky, and Cameron spent years trying to get the rights to both to bring out a new version. He succeeded, but by then he had become so busy with other projects that in the end he acted only as a producer as a director. steven soderbergh Since 2002.

‘Spider Man’

Spider Man

Cameron himself has said that “Best movie I’ve ever made“, because in the early ’90s he tried to bring the adventures of the Marvel wall-crawler to the big screen. He had a script and wanted to Leonardo Dicaprio as a hero, but the bankruptcy of carolco Project Drowned terminated. then he failed to persuade Fox to take over the rights and was finally Sam Raimi who adapted to Sonny’s character Tobey Maguire In the skin of Peter Parker.

‘Last Train from Hiroshima’


book adaptation Charles R Pellegrino about the history of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, a Japanese man who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and who died shortly after his encounter with Cameron. The project did not take off at the beginning of the last decade and the director decided to give priority to the sequel to ‘Avatar’.

‘Terminator 3’

Dark Fate

Cameron made no secret during the ’90s he’d be glad to ‘Terminator 3’, but everything was complicated by the sinking of the Carolco. Fox then attempted to pick up the project, but the filmmaker ended up focusing on ‘Titanic’. funny that the plan didn’t include a return Arnold Schwarzeneggerwho would eventually take part in “Terminator: Dark Fate,” which in its own way serves as the third installment of the saga at Cameron’s request.

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‘Best Trip’

Best Trip

new version of the movie Richard Fleischer Released in 1966, it offers motion inside the human body thanks to a tremendous technological advancement that allows the human body to be reduced to a tiny size. Cameron showed an apparent interest in it in the late 90s, but put it aside to focus on the project that eventually became Avatar.

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