Okay, okay, so he didn’t use those exact words, but it was pretty close. From USA Today:
You know, everybody is an overnight expert. They think, “what was the takeaway lessons from Avatar? Oh you should make more money with 3D.” They ignore the fact that we natively authored the film in 3D, and decide that what we accomplished in several years of production could be done in an eight week (post-production 3D) conversion with Clash of the Titans.
Q: How long does it take?
A: They’re converting Clash of the Titans in eight weeks. But I’m guessing six months to a year to do it right.
Snap. Pretty sure he just released the Kraken all over your face. Cameron was in New York to film a Black Eyed Peas concert in 3D, which, when played back, looks just like the eye of Sauron, but he also discussed some other 3D stuff, including the planned release of Titanic in 3D, and a possible theatrical release of an extended cut of Avatar. I thought it seemed pretty extended already, but…
[on Titanic] We’re targeting spring of 2012 for the release (of a 3D version of Titanic), which is the 100 year anniversary of the sailing of the ship.
[on Avatar re-release to coincide with the Blu-ray] The wildcard is that we might be re-releasing the movie this fall. It’s kind of gotten stomped out (in theaters) because of Alice in Wonderland. The word we’re getting back from exhibitors is we probably left a couple of hundred million dollars on the table as a result. The question is the appetite still going to be there after the summer glut of movies. We’re going to assess that. We’re talking about maybe adding in additional footage and doing something creative.
Left a couple hundred million on the table? Yeesh. My sources tell me last time James Cameron did that, he paid a Thai hooker to go back and pick it up with her vagina.