Okay, so that’s a really misleading headline. While we all know that Cameron was at one point working on a Spider-Man movie (we’re talking the 90s here, ancient history for some of you), he’s long off the project. And despite some fanboy wishing when Sam Raimi left the franchise, Cameron won’t be coming back. But he did do a little consulting.
Director Marc Webb met with Cameron last week to discuss shooting his Spider-Man in 3D. That’s probably going to be a rite of passage for many filmmakers, now, like visiting the Godfather on his daughter’s wedding day. Avatar producer Jon Landau tells MTV that Cameron is happy to be the new godfather.
“[Webb] wants to do the next one in 3D, which they’ve announced that they want to do. So, we want to try to support that as much as possible.”
In other Spider-Man news some rumblings have reached my ears that have led me to reevaluate this movie. The film is currently in a state of dynamic flux, and many of my fears for it could prove to be unfounded. I’m going to be trying out a new thing with this movie, a technique people are calling ‘optimism.’ It feels weird and it’s making me kind of itchy, but I think an open mind could be what’s needed.
And this meeting with Cameron is just one of the things that makes me optimistic. Yeah, I didn’t like Avatar all that much as a movie, but as 3D it was very well done. Cameron is one of the filmmakers who seems to get how to use 3D properly (I’d actually say Henry Selick is another), and so Webb going to speak to Cameron hopefully means Spider-Man will be less about web fluid in your face and more about immersion in Spidey’s world.