“Avatar” director James Cameron recently did a half-hour sit down interview talking about his career with interviewer Hannah Litchfield. Cameron proved quite gracious and honest during the piece, but at one point he watched his wording when Litchfield asked him his opinion on J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
Cameron is an old time friend of George Lucas and seems to share some of the same issues Lucas had with the film, criticisms that even the filmmakers themselves have acknowledged – namely that the movie was to much of a retread of old stuff and didn’t go anywhere new. Here’s the relevant quote from Cameron:
“Well… George Lucas is a friend of mine and George and I had a good conversation about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film as I have a lot of respect for JJ Abrams. I want to see where they’re taking it next, see what they’re doing with it. But I gotta say I think that George’s six films, had more innovative visual imagination. And this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before, and characters you had seen before. It took a few baby steps forward with new characters. But for me the jury is out, I want to see where they go with it.”
You can watch the clip below. Cameron is still at work on his four “Avatar” sequels with the first slated to open late 2018: