James Cameron, the veteran film director is known in the film business for getting what he wants. His old school approach, labelled by many as a ruthless style of directing films since his breakthrough days of The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) has not gone down well with many, including his own children, as he revealed in a candid interview to Hollywood Reporter. Cameron admits that at times he thought of himself as almost another version of the bully-esque father played by Robert Duvall in the 1979 film, The Great Santini.
Cameron said to Hollywood Reporter, “I’m in a rules-based universe, and the kids weren’t into it. They said, ‘You’re never around half the time. And, then, when you come home, you try to make up for it by telling us all what to do.”
Cameron’s first film in over 13 years, Avatar: The Way of Water, promises to be a grand spectacle of breathtaking visuals, cutting edge visual effects and immersive storytelling along with well-rounded and complex characters. The original Avatar became the highest grossing movie of all time netting $2.92 billion worldwide, collected nine Oscar nominations, including winning best director and best picture, while introducing pioneering filmmaking techniques. Avatar: The Way of Water is scheduled to be released in India on December 16, 2022. Being made on an estimated budget of $350–400 million, it is one of the most expensive films of all time.