James Cameron talks ATLANTIS RISING, ALIEN: COVENANT
Legendary filmmaker James Cameron recently sat down with Vulture for a brief discussion. James Cameron is the producer of the upcoming Atlantis Rising, a new National Geographic Documentary that airs at the end of the month. In the interview, Cameron discussed the tragic nature of the Atlantis with the current political climate of the U.S. Cameron expressed his horror at the ongoing assault of science, and his fears for the oncoming years. According to Cameron, his fascination with Atlantis comes from his own fascination with the Titanic. Both stories are tales of hubris. Eventually Cameron moved on to discussing the upcoming Alien: Covenant.
“The franchise has wandered all over the map.” Said Cameron to Vulture. Cameron himself had directed the second film in the franchise, Aliens. The 1986 film starred Sigourney Weaver, and is regarded as one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. Ridley Scott directed the original 1979 Alien and its spinoff Prometheus. Acknowledging Scott, Cameron told Vulture that Scott’s 1979 film inspired him. Cameron says that he did his “work” as a fanboy, and did it to honor Ridley’s original film. Cameron explained that he still has a multitude of respect for Scott and will stand in line for every movie that he makes. Though Cameron is skeptical, he’s willing to give Scott a chance to revitalize the franchise.
Alien Covenant will be released on May 17 2017. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride of all people. It is a direct sequel to Prometheus, which is a spinoff/prequel to Alien. The film is the sixth installment in the Alien franchise, and the third to be directed by Scott. The film’s screenplay was written by John Logan, who has been nominated for Academy Awards for The Aviator, Hugo, and Gladiator. Logan has also written the well-received James Bond film Skyfall, and the poorly received James Bond film Spectre.
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