James Cameron says not getting to make his Spider-Man movie in the 1990s was the ‘kick in the ass’ he needed to work on original projects instead.. James Cameron reflected on the Spider-Man movie he once tried to make and how the experience encouraged him to “make his own stuff” and not rely on existing properties, ScreenCrush reported.
In his book “Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron,” the “Avatar” director recounted that he wanted to adapt the comic-book character for the big screen, calling it “the greatest movie I never made,” per ScreenCrush. Cameron worked on his possible Spider-Man film in the 1990s, on the heels of 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” saying that he lobbied studios, including Fox, to acquire the rights to Spider-Man before they eventually went to Sony in 1998.
Ultimately, director Sam Raimi made 2002’s “Spider-Man,” starring Tobey Maguire, for Sony, kicking off a trilogy of films about the Marvel hero.
“I wanted to make something that had a kind of gritty reality to it,” Cameron said during a “Tech Noir” roundtable interview that ScreenCrush attended. “Superheroes in general always came off as kind of fanciful to me, and I wanted to do something that would have been more in the vein of ‘Terminator’ and ‘Aliens,’ that you buy into the reality right away.”
However, he said that not getting to bring his Spider-Man vision to life pushed him to pursue other, original projects.
“I made a decision after ‘Titanic’ to just kind of move on and do my own things and not labor in the house of others’ IP,” Cameron said during the roundtable. “So I think [‘Spider-Man’ not coming together] was probably the kick in the ass that I needed to just go make my own stuff.”
Cameron’s “Titanic,” released in 1997, was a major critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time and winning multiple Oscars. His 2009 film “Avatar” eventually became the highest-grossing film of all time, and Cameron secured a multi-film deal to produce not only a sequel, but four follow-up films that are set to release over the 2020s.
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