For many perhaps it is an unknown story that James Cameron had in his plans to make a movie of Spider-man. Such a project must have happened just after Terminator 2: final judgment and before his masterpiece Titanic. However, as incredible as it may seem, superhero movies back then were not the bargaining chip and Cameron was not so influential as to fulfill his wishes against those of any studio.
James Cameron related a little about his intentions to make a film of Spider-man in his new book Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron. Said literary piece is actually a collection of sketches, notes, conceptual arts and other visual materials that Cameron himself developed in the making of his films. The book concludes with two illustrations that the filmmaker drew while developing his ill-fated wall-crawler movie.
However, beyond the images, the most interesting thing about the film that he failed to carry out is his vision to tell the character’s story. While the book does not provide many details about that, the publication of it was the reason that you will be questioned about a project that the director himself called (via) as «the greatest film of Spider-man that I never managed to do.
“The first thing you have to think about is that it’s not Spider-Man,” he explained. “He calls himself Spider-Man, but he is not Spider-Man. He is Spider-Kid. He is Spider-High-School-Kid. He’s a bit freaky and nobody notices him and he’s socially unpopular and all that. “
For Cameron the idea was to bring the character to reality and develop it as a kind of “great metaphor” of how his powers represented “that reserve of untapped potential that people have and that they do not recognize in themselves. And I was also in my mind a metaphor of puberty and all the changes in your body, your anxieties about society, about society’s expectations, your relationships with the gender you are attracted to and all those things.
From there it was that James Cameron suggested one of the biggest changes he had Spider-man. For the director, the character would have to undergo biological alterations and his cobwebs would be the product of his genetic changes instead of some triggers with artificial technology.
“I wanted to do something that had a kind of raw reality,” he said. “Superheroes in general always seemed a bit wacky to me, and I wanted to do something that would have been more along the lines ofTerminatorandAliens., who accepts reality immediately. So you are in a real world, you are not in a mythical city of Gotham. Or Superman and the Daily Planet and all that kind of thing, where it always felt very metaphorical and like a fairy tale. I wanted it to be New York. Snows. A guy is bitten by a spider. He becomes this kid with these powers and he has the fantasy of being Spider-Man, and he makes this suit and it’s terrible, and then he has to improve the suit, and his big problem is the damn suit. That kind of things. I wanted to ground it in reality and ground it in the universal human experience. I think it would have been a fun movie to make.
James Cameron said the first move he made was to consult Stan Lee to discuss some of his ideas. “I made no move without asking your permission.” But all was in vain because the rights of the arachnid were never obtained by Cameron or by any study with which he was related. During the 1980s the permits were held by Cannon Films, although they never did anything with them. When it went bankrupt, Cameron convinced Carolco (with whom he had worked) to buy them, but then they too went bankrupt.
“Suddenly it was a free ball,” said Cameron. “I tried to get Fox to buy it, but apparently the rights were a bit clouded and Sony had a very questionable attachment to them and Fox was not going to fight about it. [El ex presidente de Fox] Peter Chernin just wouldn’t. He didn’t want to get into a legal fight. And I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? This thing could be worth, I don’t know, a billion dollars! 10 billion later… «.
Although Fox’s refusal was perhaps the last nails in the coffin of the project, Cameron said that all this experience was not in vain, as it helped him focus on doing “his thing” instead of relying on the materials of others to be able to do it. His movies.
“I made the decision after Titanicto just go ahead and do my own thing and not work in the house of someone else’s IP. So i think [su malograda Spider-Man] it was probably the kick in the butt I needed to go do my own thing.
Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron also includes comprehensive looks at other non-Cameron projects like his sci-fi epic Xenogenesis and a little more about the many potential sequels that will be on Avatar. The book goes on sale on December 14.
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