James Cameron is one of the most iconic filmmakers in Hollywood, having created some of the most beloved films of all time. His works are known for their captivating storylines, stunning visuals, and powerful messages. From the science fiction classic Avatar: The Last Airbender to the historical drama Titanic, Cameron’s movies have broken box office records and earned him numerous awards. His latest project, Avatar: The Waterway, is set to be released in 2023 and will mark the 25th anniversary of Titanic. With a career spanning nearly 45 years, Cameron has proven himself to be a master storyteller, creating stories that captivate and move audiences. From his iconic lines to his stunning visual effects, Cameron has created a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.
Pablo Picasso he is said to have said, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” Well, if you’re famous writer James Cameron, who better to steal from than yourself? The director is responsible for three of the top ten highest grossing films of all time, so of course this guy knows how to write a script that will resonate with a wide audience. The director says he accidentally added a nod to one of his most iconic and enduring works in his latest box office juggernaut, Avatar: The Last Airbender, not knowing he had written the same line for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack Dawson to say in Titanic.
James Cameron sat down with EW to discuss reuniting with his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet for the Avatar sequel 25 years after first working together. The director also took time to discuss a pattern in his work, the phrase “I see you.” In his science fiction series, this phrase is a formal greeting and sign of respect, illustrating the main characters’ love for each other.
This phrase has the same meaning as the main characters of the historical fantasy drama of the 1990s, which depicts a real maritime disaster. The director of “True Lies” says he forgot he wrote the line Jack needs to say to Rose, but it doesn’t bother him. The Oscar winner recounted how he landed on that line in his Pandora saga, and poked fun at himself when he had to process his own ideas:
I completely forgot that Jack says that in Titanic. … Well, it means a lot and it seems to resonate with people. I was literally just sitting there thinking: what would one tribe member say to another tribe member from another group? “I see you” was the most obvious. For example, literally just go to the most basic semiotics. And then I started layering all these other values and I went back and saw that I had already done that. I always tell my team, “I only had four or five good ideas. I just keep recycling them.”
The director is humble. Cameron has created some of the best action and sci-fi films to ever grace movie screens. You can only sustain a Hollywood career spanning nearly 45 years and create some of the most beloved films with some level of cinematic genius. (We also rated all of Cameron’s movies.) This guy obviously had some pretty great ideas, so if he has to borrow a few lines from his previous movies, so be it. Take it Mr Cameron!
Avatar: The Waterway continues the saga of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his growing family on Pandora. The gorgeous and thrilling sequel received mostly positive reviews, with many particularly praising the visual effects as more stunning than anything else you can see in theaters. The sequel, 13 years in the making, was a box office triumph for the 68-year-old director, even breaking the record for Best Shooter: Maverick.
While Water Road is still raking in the dough, James Cameron has another movie hitting theaters in 2023, and it’s an oldie but a goodie. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Titanic returns to theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day. Paramount Pictures will release the romantic epic in 4K and 3D for a limited time starting February 10th. If you can immerse yourself in a romantic epic at the cinema, keep an eye out for new models that may appear in the Cameron’s work.