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Piranha 3D Producer Responds To James Cameron Jabs

Avatar director James Cameron accused Piranha 3D of cheapening its medium and called it “an example of what we should not be doing in 3-D” last week. Well, Piranha 3D producer Mark Canton did not take Cameron’s insults lying down and returned fire with a response.

“As a producer in the entertainment industry, Jim Cameron’s comments on VanityFair.com are very disappointing to me and the team that made Piranha 3D,” Canton said in a statement released to Movieline. “Mr. Cameron, who singles himself out to be a visionary of movie-making, seems to have a small vision regarding any motion pictures that are not his own. It is amazing that in the movie-making process — which is certainly a team sport — that Cameron consistently celebrates himself out as though he is a team of one. His comments are ridiculous, self-serving and insulting to those of us who are not caught up in serving his ego and his rhetoric.”

Canton went on to scold Cameron from lashing out at genre movies, ask if he was kidding, and hypothesize that man behind Titanic has never even seen Piranha 3D. Needless to say, the two men seem to disagree.

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  • Reed

    Mr. Cameron cheapens his work and credibility with these remarks.

    Honestly, I thought Avatar was overrated. Yes, it was pretty but the story was pretty run of the mill.

    Get off of your high horse James, and produce more quality work. Please, and Thank You.

  • Josh

    He's certainly not wrong.

  • Brett

    Cameron is acting like the 3D Dictator. Who is he to say what films 3D should be used for? 3D has been around for half a century and got its start from B films.

    Cameron needs to stop acting like he's king of the world. Avatar was awful, a rehash of Aliens with tall Smurfs.

  • Ben

    It's quite funny seeing that Cameron first film was Piranha 2 in the 80's.
    it is a bit do what I say not do what I do

  • http://twitter.com/drunkjack00 Jack Derunk

    Everything James Cameorn says or does is negated by Titanic. He could cure cancer and I'd be very skeptical of it.

    Seriously, how can anyone take this man seriously? He directed TITANIC.

    I can't even give him credit for Kate Winslet's boobs, because she showed them in other moves, too, so there's no need for Titanic, whatsoever.

    Epic fail.

  • Comicsaredead

    I watched both of these films in the theatre and Piranha was SO much more enjoyable. It was just a lot of fun. Avatar focuses more on effects than story and Piranha just focused on having a good time. Piranha > Avatar

  • Spike

    A guy with Titanic AND Avatar on his resume really has no room to talk shit about bad movies. What, I'm gonna forgive horrid stories because he paid a bunch of other fuckers to advance technology in whatever way he saw fit? Fuck that. Motherfucker hasn't made a good movie since Aliens and the first Terminator. Go back underwater, asshole.

  • brett

    Ironically, it was with Titanic that he claimed he was 'King of The World'
    Shortly after, he too began to sink.

  • Guy

    Avatar is insanely overrated, sure the technology behind it is pushing movies forward but other than that it is a basic storyline with aliens. It needed the 3D to mask it.

  • Unbiased Cameron Supporter

    Cameron is right but also wrong. Horror films are one of the types of film that actually benefit from 3D. They benefit in a gimmicky way and it ends up being silly, but they still benefit. On the other hand, Cameron cares more about the world-building aspect of 3D and what it could mean for science fiction and he's absolutely right when he says that's what 3D should be used for and not cheesy horror movies because the world-building is going to push the technology forward while the gimmicks are just riding the coattails of the novelty of sending stuff flying at the screen.

    If the Piranha guy had commented on his own project and its use of 3D, then he might have a leg to stand on. All he did was complain about Cameron who was absolutely correct in what he said, so instead of offering a counterpoint to Cameron's comment he comes off like a big baby. Point-Cameron.

    3D generally sucks, but Avatar was way ahead of the game. Cameron has every right to be critical of others.