James Cameron: Will the 'Titanic' success history repeat for 'Avatar'?
Film maker James Cameron has been here before on little ditties called "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Titanic". A colossal budget, visionary technology and a down-to-the-wire workload on a film whose fortunes are a real question mark.
In case anyone has forgotten how that worked out for him, "Titanic" stacked up 11 Academy Awards, best picture and director among them, and a record $1.8 billion worldwide at the box office.
James Cameron's vision, for this time, is riding on "Avatar," a science-fiction epic aiming to push the bounds of digital filmmaking and 3-D presentation into the heavens, with a reported price tag well in excess of the $200 million spent to make "Titanic."
The question is: Will the audiences come along? James Cameron thinks so.