Trivia: James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow Almost Made an 'X-Men' Movie in the 1980s

Trivia: James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow Almost Made an 'X-Men' Movie in the 1980s

Jun 16, 2014

James CameronIt’s common knowledge amongst movie and comic geeks that Avatar director James Cameron spent years trying to make a Spider-Man movie with Marvel Comics. What’s less well known is that the plans to bring everyone’s favorite wall crawler to the big screen weren’t why Cameron and Marvel met up in the first place. The comic company had hopes the filmmaker would tackle another of its huge properties: The X-Men.

X-Men writer Chris Claremont recently recounted the tale for the folks over at Blastr, and its definitely worth checking out if only so you can envision what it’s like when Stan Lee and Cameron wind up in the same room.

Claremont explains that Cameron met with the company with the idea of producing an X-Men film that Kathryn Bigelow would direct. The parties met up in a large conference room to discuss details, when Lee suddenly says to Cameron “I hear you really like Spider-Man." From that moment forward, Claremont says he could almost see the X-Men movie evaporating.

X-Men did finally manage to hit the big screen – and Cameron’s take on Spider-Man never got off the ground – but it’s fun to sit around and think how both franchises might have been different if these projects had come to fruition.

If that’s not enough Cameron insight for you, we’ve also got this video clip of the filmmaker talking about the good ol’ days, when he was a struggling and angry wannabe filmmaker trying to get The Terminator up and running.

Cameron describes himself as “angry and isolated” during the clip, which was recorded during the Hero Complex Film Festival. Yet, while he wasn’t always happy or successful during that time period, the director reports that he sometimes misses the freedom that he had during his salad days.

“There was an innocence to it in a funny way. I was the anonymous, kind of angry wannabe filmmaker. There’s some courage that comes from that, you say whatever comes into your head. It gets harder and harder to do that as you go along and you get encumbered by expectation and business relationships and all of that sort of stuff. I was kind of like a free voice in the wilderness in that stage. Most people hate that period of their life when they’re just trying to break in as an artist, and then you spend the rest of your career wishing you were back in that situation.”

Check out a clip of the chat here. [via Cinephilia and Beyond]

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