The first of the four Avatar sequels, Avatar 2: The Papyrus Diaries, doesn’t even come out until 2020 and yet these days it seems like you can’t throw a rock without hitting James Cameron while he’s talking Avatar this and Avatar that. Today’s rock caused some collateral damage when it bounced off James’ ego and landed on Kate Winslet who has just signed on for a leading role in the franchise.
A couple of months ago, James Cameron opined that the most recent Patty Jenkins helmed blockbuster Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, was a step back for women everywhere because Gal has nice tits. Recently, James was out promoting Avatar 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 (7 will go straight to streaming) and decided to show the world what a real feminist looks like and doubled down on his criticism of Patty’s “too hot for basement dwelling neckbeards to handle” film. Thankfully Lynda Carter, a true feminist icon, was there to titty slap James across the face.
So what if Wonder Woman isn’t really helping women in your mind, James Cameron. You know what is? Cold. Hard. MOOLAH!
Wonder Woman has raked in $816 million worldwide, and now it’s time to pony up the Benjis to keep that success rolling since, well, it was one of the few things anyone went and saw in theaters this summer. Gal Gadot is back for the sequel, and original Wonder Woman (and mail-order contacts maven of my childhood!) Lynda Carter has signed on. So it only makes sense to keep the sisterhood alive and well. Variety reports director Patty Jenkins has closed a deal to return for the sequel, which should come out sometime in December 2019.
Deets on the payday haven’t been released, but sources say it’s close to $8 million for Patty to write, produce, and direct Wonder Woman 2. If true, this gives her the biggest female director pay day in history. Let’s hear it for the boooooys….er – giiiiiiirls!
Patty will also reportedly get a big chunk of the film’s profits, which means that $8 million is really just a starting point. To put everything into perspective, Patty was reportedly paid $1 million for the first Wonder Woman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources claim the previous record holder was Nancy Meyers with somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million at her peak.
I really hope Patty uses some of these dollars to get a Bentley with the license plate “FMNIZM.” And maybe also that she makes a point of parking it in grouchy old James Cameron’s parking spot at SoHo House or whatever lair he goes to when he needs to ruminate on single-handedly saving the female species. Girl power!
The next time you see Avatar, Titanic, or Terminator playing on a Saturday afternoon on TNT, know that the ghost of Elizabeth Cady Stanton is probably giving it a ghostly thumbs-up. Because James Cameron is here to tell you he knows what a real strong female character is. And it’s not Wonder Woman. According to James, breaking through the superhero dick ceiling to save the day ain’t really helping the women’s cause. Continue reading
Things don’t sound too chummy between Josh Brolin and CGI-loving director James Cameron. Not that I ever assumed they were friends, but now I know they’re definitely not. Instead, things are awkward between them, and it’s all Avatar’s fault. I’m sure Avatar has caused many a fight between friends, family, and colleagues, but those were probably caused by arguments over how terrible that movie was. That’s not what Josh and James are salty about (well, not technically).