The man behind the biggest movie in history will now put his reputation on the line for another big budget spectacle.The movie in question is Avatar and media reports all around have claimed that the film could cost up to USD$500 million dollars.Studio executives behind the 20th Century Fox have claimed that the cost of the film was far from what has been reported.
It was only in 1997 when James Cameron fought for another expensive film that could have sunk his directing career.The budget of that film was then one of the largest in history at a reported cost of USD$200 million dollars.Many media people had criticized the director for the high budget and had predicted the film’s failure.That film was Titanic which went on to gross USD$1.8 billion dollars and won 11 Academy Awards.It was also the film that launched the careers of both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.The truth is Cameron has been known to be one of Hollywood’s leading directors whose films have always been expensive.The other major blockbuster he directed was one of the greatest action films of the nineties, Terminator 2.The film had cost USD$100 million but went on to gross five times that.
Avatar however is the film that everyone in the industry has been waiting for.This is the film that Cameron had in mind for nearly 15 years when the technology then was not available.The movie is indeed one of the most if not the most expensive film of all time.It also starts without a fan base unlike other mega blockbusters Lord Of The Rings and the Harry Potter series.The film however would play on more than 8,000 3-D screens worldwide and more than double that number on 2-D screens worldwide.Moviegoers have to pay a higher price whenever catching a 3-D film.Several private equity companies are actually invested in the movie.Dune Entertainment and Ingenious Media have put their capital into the film.The amount is substantial but undisclosed.It is estimated according to some media opinions that 60 per cent of the film’s production budget will be picked up by those companies.
The film’s storyline focuses on the epic conflict on a far away planet known as Pandora.The epic battle is between the humans and Na’vi race over the resources of their planet.The main cast who are involved are Sam Worthington,Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver.
Despite the hype and high expectations that comes with Avatar, the pressure will be on Cameron to ensure the success of the film.Even before its release,the film has been touted as a breakthrough in film making technology.