James Cameron Blasts Piranha 3D
James Cameron has lashed out against Piranha 3D saying that it cheapens the medium.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Cameron, who was fired from the original sequel in the 80s Piranha Part Two: The Spawning said that he didn’t have any fond feelings for Alexandre Aja’s 3D adapatation.
“You’ve got to remember: I worked on Piranha 2 for a few days and got fired off of it; I don’t put it on my official filmography,” he said. “So there’s no sort of fond connection for me whatsoever.”
He continued, “I tend almost never to throw other films under the bus, but [Piranha 3D] is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3D horror films from the ’70s and ’80s, like Friday The 13th 3D.
“When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip. And that’s not what’s happening now with 3D.”
Bottom of the barrell for creativity? Granted Piranha 3D is hardly the height of lucid inspiration but Cameron himself can hardly think that he’s a modern day Da Vinci, Avatar essentially being Pocahontas crossed with Dances With Wolves with blue people.
“It is a renaissance – right now the biggest and the best films are being made in 3D,” he explained. “Martin Scorsese is making a film in 3D. Disney’s biggest film of the year – Tron Legacy - is coming out in 3D. So it’s a whole new ballgame.”
Renaissance/Gimmick – what’s the difference eh?