James Cameron Compares Himself To JRR Tolkien And Peter Jackson Over Their Avatar Movies

James Cameron looks set to be financially successful enough to cement the future of his Avatar film franchise with all its sequels planned. This after he is well on his way to reaching the $2 billion mark.

This is one of the most ambitious film projects in recent history and to think of any initiative remotely as big we have to take the obligatory point of reference: the original trilogy of The Lord of the Rings directed by Peter Jackson where he himself adapted the legendary books by JRR Tolkien.

At that time, the filming of these three films represented a titanic effort in all facets of its production, but in the end they have become an obligatory reference for the genre and the entire industry.

Avatar here has some common points that those who have closely followed the filming odyssey of these tapes will be able to identify.

Where James Cameron has virtually filmed one after the other to complete his plot arc within the allotted budget.

But the filmmaker seems to have also thought more deeply about the parallels between the two sagas. For better and for worse.

James Cameron is modest and says that he had to be like JRR Tolkien and Peter Jackson at the same time with Avatar

The world of Avatar, its mythology and universe is not something that seems to be the stuff of legends that lasts for entire generations, a perfect example of this has been the first tape that never became an essential piece of modern popular culture, as It did happen with the Peter Jackson Trilogy.

The brutal income of Avatar is derived from the visual spectacle that these films guarantee, which also have a higher special cost in each performance in movie theaters, which explains why they have higher collections than other films that sold more tickets, but at a lower price.

But still, it seems, James Cameron has a very high regard for what he has done with this franchise. This is demonstrated by his most recent interview with TIMEwhere he was equated with both Jackson and JRR Tolkien:

“I was trying to do a simulation like, okay, I’m Peter Jackson doing Lord of the Rings, except Lord of the Rings doesn’t exist yet, so I need to be Tolkien and create Lord of the Rings, and then I can be Peter. Jackson.

What I said to Fox at the time was, ‘I’ll do it, but we’ve got to play a bigger game here. I don’t want to just make a movie and make a movie and make a movie. I want to tell a bigger story.’

And so I said, ‘Imagine there was a series of novels like The Lord of the Rings, and we’re adapting them.’ That was great in theory, but then I had to go create the damn novels to adapt them.”

At least the director admits that the comparison is ambitious and “cheeky.”