News that James Cameron has delayed the sequel to Avatar made quite the impression on me. It would be easy to suggest that the production was in trouble but I think this move shows the quality of the man behind some of cinema’s best works.
Think about it, how many times have you watched a film, or played a game, or listened to an album where the creators should have spent a little more time on the finished product to get it absolutely spot on? I think of films such as Edge of Tomorrow, a very good film, which could have been great if a little more time and care was taken on the writing – especially the final act. I think of games such as Assassins Creed Unity, which was released pretty much unfinished. Word is, they started shooting Men in Black 3 without a script.
It’s commendable that despite the usual studio pressures Cameron surely must feel about releasing the Avatar films on time, he said fuck off to all of that and made a decision which I truly believe will have a positive impact on his films. If he truly believes the scripts were not yet ready, it makes total sense to delay.
I just wish people (me included) were brave enough to take similar decisions in their every day life.