The Movie Spew: James Cameron Talks Avatar 2, Plus Mickey Rourke Comeback 2 and a Guy Ritchie Remake

James Cameron is set to pound his environmental message into our collective brains once again.

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Even though the reception seems to have cooled off of Avatar in the few short years since becoming the highest grossing film of all time (not unlike what happened with Titanic…hmmm…think there’s a pattern there?), there are still not one, but two sequels from the director with the biggest head in Hollywood.

Fortunately Cameron isn’t one of those secretive directors who likes to keep his projects a secret until they are released. He’s more than happy to spill the beans and did today, telling ABC News about his planned focus on oceans in his next Avatar film.

“That's an ecosystem that I'm dying to start designing because it's going to look spectacular,” claimed Cameron. “Avatar 2 narrows the spotlight to focus a little more on ocean issues instead of just nature in general or the rainforest. We have a planet that's a blue planet. From a distance, when you look at it, the Earth is a lot more blue than land mass.

We're making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now, so this is a way to focus a little energy in that direction…It still has to be entertainment first and foremost, I'm not going to double the environmental content in the second film just because we got away with some the first time. I think it's just a continuation of the same thing. I want people to feel that same sense of excitement and discovery of a new world."

I like how Cameron thought that there was anything subtle about the environmental message in Avatar. That storyline seemed calculated to pound that message into viewers’ heads until they were crying and begging for an action sequence. If he ramps up the message more for the sequels, the writing might be gag-inducing enough for the film to be a failure.

Wishful thinking? Maybe, but the thing about Cameron is that he’s lived in a bubble of success for so long that it’s only a matter of time before he pulls a George Lucas and loses touch with what the public wants. When that happens it’ll be a spectacular embarrassment and I hope I’m in the front row to catch it.

Mickey Rourke In Seven Psychopaths, But Not Expendables 2 

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It appears that Mickey Rourke has finally decided that maybe it’s not the greatest idea for him to use his comeback to launch a two-decades-too-late career as an action star. After Iron Man 2 and The Expendables failed to land him his own cushy action franchise, Rourke has decided to go back to acting.

The man with the rubber face has dropped out of The Expendables 2 in favor of Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. McDonagh is an award-winning playwright who made a stellar filmmaking debut with the underrated In Bruges a few years back. His latest film will star Colin Farrell as screenwriter in LA in the midst of a bout of writer's block. In an attempt to distract himself from the writing pain, he joins the dog-napping plot of his two weirdo friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) and ends up in trouble when they accidentally steal the Shih Tzu of a crazed gangster.

Rourke would play that gangster and given his love of carrying around his own pocket-sized dogs he should fit the role like a glove. McDonagh is a brilliant writer cable of creating wonderfully eccentric characters and this storyline sounds like it will play to his strengths. With a cast that strong in the central roles, this could be a bit of a break out cult hit for the Irish filmmaker. At the very least it will be a film that demands to be seen.

Guy Ritchie Wants Brad Pitt For His Cannonball Run Remake 

cannonballpitt.gif I’m not really sure how to respond to this, but apparently director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels and Sherlock Holmes) is planning on remaking cross-country car race movie Cannonball Run. As if that weren’t enough, he wants Brad Pitt to replace Burt Reynolds in the lead role (but he’s willing to accept Ben Stiller if the biggest movie star in the world isn’t available). Given that the original movie isn’t very good, I was hoping that there would never be another one. But alas…here we are.

I guess Ritchie and Pitt did create a memorable comedic character together in Snatch, but I wish both of these guys had better things to do than a crappy remake. Ah well, whether it’s Pitt or Stiller who nabs the role, let’s hope that they have the good sense to keep Burt Reynolds’ mustache. It just wouldn’t be a Cannonball run movie without a little piece of upper lip sleaze.

 


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