Avatar director James Cameron says he wasn’t impressed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, admitting he preferred George Lucas’ trilogy of prequel movies.
Cameron, who also directed Titanic, Aliens and the first two Terminator movies, says he felt JJ Abrams’ recent Star Wars sequel only made “baby steps” in moving the saga’s storyline on.
Cameron, a friend of Lucas, told YouTube: “I don’t want to say too much, as I have a lot of respect for JJ Abrams. But I’ve got to say that I think George Lucas’ six films had more innovative visual imagination. The Force Awakens was more of a retrenchment to things you’d seen before and characters you’d seen before.”
Cameron added that he hadn’t written off the new films, which continue with an as-yet-untitled eighth film due in December 2017 made by Brick director Rian Johnson. Cameron said: “I want to see where they’re taking it next and what they’re doing with it. For me, the jury is out as I want to see where they go with it.”
Recently, Cameron revealed that he is making four new sequels to Avatar which will be released between 2018-23. Avatar, released in 2009, is the only film Cameron has directed since winning an Oscar for Titanic in 1997.