“Avatar: The Way of Water” filmmaker James Cameron had sharp words for streamers on Tuesday and said he’s “tired of sitting” around streaming films following the success of his latest movie at the box office.
Cameron, before Tuesday’s Golden Globe Awards, told Variety that he thinks of the film’s success at the box office as linked to audiences returning to theaters following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re saying as a society, ‘We need this. We need to go to movie theaters and have that experience.’ Enough with the streaming already. I’m tired of sitting on my ass.”
The filmmaker, who now has directed three of the seven highest-grossing films of all time, has previously said that his roughly $350 to $460 million “Avatar” sequel had to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film ever made in order to break even.
“We’ve begun a franchise at this point,” Cameron said.
“We’ve begun a saga that can now play out over multiple films.”