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Avatar & 20th Century fox

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    James Camron and 20th Century Fox

    30 year relationship between Cameron and Fox
  • Cameron's first release through Fox

    Cameron's first release through Fox
    Cameron directs the sequel to Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) for 20th Century Fox.
  • Terminator 2

    Terminator 2
    Cameron sets uo Lightstorm Entertainment in 1990 and it's first film production is Terminator 2: Judgement Day. This film is not released through 20th Century Fox.
  • True Lies (James Cameron, 1994)

    True Lies (James Cameron, 1994)
    Lightstorm signs a development deal with Fox - True Lies is first film of this partnership.
  • Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)

    Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)
    Estimated budget of $200m , well over initial budget and making it the most expensive film ever, pushes the relationship with 20th Century Fox to limit. Fox go halves on budget with Paramount Pictures as studio is fearful it will not recoup the money. The film became the most successful film.
  • Cameron announces two new films

    Cameron announces two new films
    Project 880 (Avatar) and Battle Angel are to be his next two films and are to be shot in 3D. Fox agree $10m development fund to finance story and new 3D camera.
  • Avatar (Cameron, 2009)

    Avatar (Cameron, 2009)
    Avatar is released. The budget is estimated at $237m with a $150m marketing budget. Again Cameron goes over budget and Fox get cold feet and acquire additional finance - Ingenious Media and Dune Entertainment fund 51%. Fox do licensing deals with LG and Coca-Cola to generate more finance. News Corp, Fox's parent company, use their corporate structure to help publicise the film - Fox News shoehorns mentions into all its programming on day of release, Fox release it worldwide through globally.