We melden vooraf dat dit niet voor iedereen geheel nieuw is, al is de reactie van Cameron wel nieuw.
Cameron en zijn zeer geliefde script voor Spider-Man:
After True Lies, Camerons next project could have been based on a character hed been dreaming about since he was a 9th grader in Chippawa Spider-Man. He had lobbied Carolco, the independent studio behind T2, to purchase the rights to the Spider-Man comics, which they did in 1990. Carolcos executives had a habit of seat-of-the pants deal-making that endeared the company to Cameron, who had made his $100 million Terminator sequel with them based on terms laid out in a simple half-page memo. But in this instance, a hasty contract would come back to haunt all the parties involved. Cameron wrote a Spider-Man scriptment for Carolco that was widely admired in Hollywood. The comics creator, Stan Lee, adored it and gave a Cameron-directed Spider-Man movie his hearty endorsement. It was the Spider-Man we all know and love, Lee said of the treatment. Yet it all somehow seemed fresh and new.
Camerons visie op Spider-Mans webschieters:
He opted to make his Spider-Man movie an origins story, explaining how Peter Parker developed his web-slinging powers. But he made some thoughtful changes to the iconic character, starting with the Spider-Mans wrist shooters. Lees comic called for Peter Parker to build them himself, but Cameron thought a biological explanation was more plausible. I had this problem that Peter Parker, boy genius, goes home and creates these wrist shooters that the DARPA labs would be happy to have created on a 20-year program, says Cameron. I said, wait a minute, hes been bitten by a radioactive spider, it should change him fundamentally in a way that he cant go back. In Camerons treatment, the wrist shooters simply grow as Peter becomes spider-like
De villain in Camerons Spider-Man en het einde van een goed en ambitieus project:
Cameron also updated the comics super-villain Electro for the information age in a character he called Carlton Strand. Electro was a robot that functioned on pure electric power, while Camerons Strand could touch a computer or a cable and absorb the data flowing through itan acknowledgement that information itself is real power. Camerons scriptment is darker and more adult than anyone expected from a comic-book movie in the 1990sPeter Parker says motherfucker and Spider-Man and Mary-Jane have sex atop the Brooklyn Bridge. Adult-oriented comic-book adaptations like Dark Knight and 300 found huge audiences more than a decade later, but Camerons writing was a dramatic departure from the accepted wisdom about the genre at the time, namely that it should be nearly as family-friendly as a Disney movie. It would have been fascinating to see what the creator of the rough-edged characters of the Terminator franchise did with the adolescent superhero. But the James Cameron version of Spider-Man never happened, because Hollywoods real idea of super villains descendedlawyers. When Carolco filed for Chapter 11 in 1995, it became clear the companys claim to the Spider-Man rights had been tenuous all along.
De teleurstelling bij Cameron:
Here I am working on Spider-Man and it turns out that theres a lien against the rights and Sonys got a piece of it and Carolco doesnt really own it even though they think they own it, Cameron says. With Carolco down, Cameron tried to get Fox to go after Spider-Man. The studio would have been happy to buy their top-earning director his pet project if it had just been a matter of rights, but procuring Spider-Man now meant entering a nasty legal fight and potentially a bidding war involving multiple other studios and producers with overlapping claims on the project dating back to when Marvel had first put the film rights up for sale in 1985. Theyre so risk-averse, Cameron says. For a couple hundred thousand dollars in legal fees they could have had a $2 billion franchise. They blew it.
Sony kocht uiteindelijk de rechten en Cameron koos voor een verfilming over het drama met de Titanic. We weten allemaal hoe dit heeft uitgepakt. In Sam Raimi's versie van Spider-Man zijn uiteindelijk wel enkele elementen verwerkt van Camerons script. Zo zijn de ideeën over de "web-shooters" in het eerste deel te zien. Camerons kreeg hier geen credits voor. Zijn reactie: Id say that wasnt terribly polite of them. I didnt feel that injured slighted, but not injured. Cameron had ondertussen al de nummer 1 film aller tijden achter zijn naam staan.
Overigens kreeg ene Graeme McMillan van de website io9 onlangs het Spider-Man-script van Cameron onder ogen en hij was niet bepaald onder de indruk: While offering up enough visual thrills and surface spectacle that you know it wouldve made an exciting movie to watch, Camerons Spider-Man shaves off so much of the weirdness of the character that it could be any generic teenage superhero saving his girlfriend and the The Day. Were happier this script stayed unmade and Sam Raimi got his chance to show off his superhero chops instead and, lets face it: Wouldnt the world rather have had Avatar than this, in the end?
Benieuwd naar het script? Lees deze dan hier.