James Cameron Thinks 'Piranha' Cheapens the 3D Medium

Monday, 30 August 2010 13:38 Written by  Eric Walkuski
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Looks like Avatar director James Cameron is not a fan of post-conversion 3D - not even when it comes to a franchise he's been involved with in the past. The franchise I'm talking about is, of course, Piranha. For those not in the know, Cameron directed - well, half directed - 1981's Piranha II: The Spawning, a turkey that carries his name despite the fact that he was fired from it by the movie's eccentric Italian producer. Now, the pioneer of the new wave of 3D technology is speaking out - to anyone who will listen, really - against films that convert to 3D in post-production. And one of the targets of his ire is Piranha 3D.

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair touting the re-release of Avatar, Cameron was asked if he had any feelings of nostalgia toward seeing Piranha float into the multiplex once again, in all its 3D glory. His response was, as always, blunt.

"You’ve got to remember: I worked on Piranha 2 for a few days and got fired off of it; I don’t put it on my official filmography. So there’s no sort of fond connection for me whatsoever. In fact, I would go even farther and say that... I tend almost never to throw other films under the bus, but that is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3-D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3-D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like Friday the 13th 3-D."

Cameron continued, "It is a renaissance — right now the biggest and the best films are being made in 3-D. Martin Scorsese is making a film in 3-D. Disney’s biggest film of the year — Tron: Legacy — is coming out in 3-D. So it’s a whole new ballgame."

An irony here is that Piranha creature designer Neville Page created some of the wildlife in Avatar. Surely, if he had to pick a side... well, he'd probably go with The King.

Meanwhile, someone should tell Cameron that if he loves 3D so much then he should just go marry it.

How do you feel about post-conversion 3D?

Source: Vanity Fair

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