Haute 100 Los Angeles Update: James Cameron

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Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. James Cameron has confirmed two “Avator” sequels to be released in 2014 and 2015, and teamed up with Arnold Schwarzenegger to battle Proposition 23.

James Cameron

Category: Originators
Industry: Film

What Made Him Haute: The director’s name is synonymous with big blockbuster hits with films like “Titanic,” which raked in some $1.8 billion worldwide and took home 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. Cameron proved once again he can do no wrong with what became the Avatar phenomenon; the movie grossed $2.7 billion worldwide. Without adjusting inflation, these two films are the two highest-grossing films of all time.

What Makes Him Haute Now: Academy Award-winning director James Cameron’s 3-D “Avatar” blockbuster pulled in $2.8 billion at the box office. Cameron, who is executive producing “Sanctum,” a 3-D film that he co-wrote with Alister Grierson, is expected to begin working on the scripts and filming for the yet-to-be-titled “Avatar “sequels in 2011. “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3,” both 3-D films set back in Pandora, have target release dates of December 2014 and December 2015, respectively, according to 20th Century Fox.
Cameron’s work will be reappearing on the big screen with a 3-D rerelease of “Titanic,” which is expected to hit theaters in April 2012, and “Battle Angel,” to be released in 2013.
As for Cameron’s involvement in California state politics, the director teamed up with Arnold Schwarzenegger on a political ad to stop Proposition 23, which would put California’s Global Warming Act of 2006 on hold. “Those are movies. But we face a real threat right now in California,” Cameron says. “Tell your friends, family, cyborgs and avatars to vote no on 23 before it’s too late.” Following Tuesday night’s election, 61 percent of voters voted no on Prop. 23.

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