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James Cameron tells of plans for MARS miniseries & IMAX 3D!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with further information on that James Cameron 'MARS' deal that is in the works. This further unveils his plans, and for the first time in public. You might recall this report from a month ago that spilt some beans on the project. Personally I can not wait to see what all Jim has in the wings for us. To give you an idea of how exacting Cameron is with his designing, I recently forwarded a friend of mine the details for a real flying car that is being tested. Now this friend showed them to Cameron, Cameron quickly came back with the design flaws and began talking about what would go wrong in testing. He reminds me a bit of ol Max Fleischer in that respect. Don't know how to do it? Well... invent it. Maybe he'll kickstart our journey to Mars. Meanwhile the other two MARS projects are beginning to remind me of LEVIATHON and DEEP STAR SIX.... seems Cameron is working on the ABYSS again!

Click here to view images that Cameron displayed at the MARS SOCIETY yesterday!!!

Hi Harry!

Okay, this news isn't a big secret, but I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere, so I thought I'd let you know. If this is old news, then ignore me.

Today James Cameron told a group of 1,000 precisely what his future plans are. This was at the 2nd Annual Mars Society conference (, at which I was in attendence. He not only described his two upcoming projects in detail, but showed us many pre-production computer renderings as well. The were AMAZING.

Okay, let me back up a minute. Cameron has two projects in the works, both of which will be about the first human mission to Mars, set in the near future (2012-2016, which is actually quite realistic). One will be a 5-hour miniseries on network TV, and the other will be a 1-hour 3D IMAX film! Both will air in the spring of 2001. These will share the same sets, actors and props -- essentially covering the same story from different angles. The story will encompass several years, from before the mission to the 6-month voyage to Mars, to over 500 days on the surface of Mars, and then the return to Earth. "When we sent men to the moon, it changed them forever," said Cameron, "but sometimes those changes took years to manifest. Well, the Mars crew will be away from Earth for years, and we'll get to see those changes take place. And we'll see the changes in their friends and families on Earth as well."

That's about as much as he told us of the plot. Then he went into the technical technical details. And let me tell you, speaking as a rocket scientist, he KNOWS his technical details! Every aspect of his mission will be as accurate as it can possibly be. He studied the NASA DRM (Design Reference Mission) through and through, but in many cases wasn't satisfied with the level of detail that NASA was able to give him. So he designed his own Long-distance Mars Rover, Surface habitats, and other aspects of the mission. And these are GOOD designs -- the rover in particular is probably the most detailed design for a Mars rover which has ever been produced, and hardened Aerospace Engineers were gasping at some of its more ingenius features.

I am excited -- and I believe completely that he can pull this off. For the first time since Ron Howard did Apollo 13, Hollywood will be doing a space movie EXACTLY right. The division betgween miniseries and IMAX seems kind of strange at first, but will actually allow for both stunning visuals on the BIG screen and detailed exposition on the smaller one. 2001 is going to be a good year for movies.

A few more details (which he went through really quickly, so I may have transcribed them wrong). The TV special is being written by Cameron and Al Reiner (?) [HARRY NOTE: This is actually Al Reinert, director of FOR ALL MANKIND, Screenwriter of APOLLO 13 and the FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON Miniseries Episodes: 4 and 6], produced by Cameron, and directed by Martha Coolidge (?). The 3D IMAX is being written with Al Goddard (?) and Robert Zubrin (founder of the Mars Society), and will be directed by Cameron himself. A book written by Cameron is also in the works.

Unable to wait,


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  • Aug. 15, 1999, 1:52 a.m. CST

    IMAX-3D + Cameron = HELL YEAH!!!

    by Darth Siskel

    Oh yeah!! I CAN NOT wait for this!! The thought of a good Imax3D movie finally being made is great, but that Jim is doing it guarantees that it'll be a classic! I'm so happy, I don't even care that I'm first!

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 4:19 a.m. CST

    about time, now where's Baxter?

    by no_mince

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Cameron and Baxter

    by no_mince

    Sorry if this comes up 2 or three times, I've been getting some really weird error messages .. What I intended to say was: does anyone really comprehend how outstandingly cool this could be? My god, I'm so glad we've finally got IMAX in NZ because I so don't wanna miss this. Project's like this are our only hope if we want to see the space program get it's arse into gear again in our lifetime, simply because only something like this can rebuild the level of public support we had before primary school students were shepherded into classrooms to see challenger fragment, the day suddenly no-one wanted to grow up to be an astronaut anymore. If we continue where we are going now, then barring any multinationals starting their own space race (Billy Gates, are you listening? want me to start supporting your products again?) then the poor future of Stephen Baxter's Titan could be upon us sooner than we think. Read this book kiddies, it truly saddens anyone who stared up when they were a kid - then read Voyage by the same guy for the briefest glimpse at what we could have had, Mars in the 80s. I was tempted to send these books to Tom Hanks with a heartfelt plea to film them after I saw the amazing PR he gave the space programme, but Jim Cameron, YOU my friend, are the MAN if you can pull this off. Let's look at the release dates again, maybe 2001 isn't so far away after all ...

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 7:50 a.m. CST

    "Get your ass to Mars."

    by Prankster

    Truest thing Arnold ever said. This movie sounds cool, but waiting for that is a trifle compared to waiting for the space program to get its ass in gear. Do you realize how *soon* we could be on Mars if we wanted to be?!? But instead we get people who would rather watch "Star Trek" and claim, "we need to solve the problems on Earth before we sink all this money into space travel". Yeah, where would we be today if Columbus had said, "we need to solve the problems here at home before I go off discovering America."

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Mars frontier?

    by gunny

    The above poster is right in saying that people have the attitude that spending that tax money on a space program is a bit like buying a new stereo system for a burning house. In reality, it ain't like that! How any of global societal ill could be solved with a new frontier open? The American Old West drew all sorts of dreamers, misfits, and malcontents. Imagine whole new generations of settlers and pioneers. I say that not only should the goal of a human settlement on Mars be studied, it should be made a top priority!

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Harry, get some TRUE LIES 2 info???

    by ABking

    Harry, please ask Cameron about TRUE LIES 2. Tom Arnold made it clear last week that part 2 is going to come out 2001 summer.

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 11:32 a.m. CST

    James Cameron, God Of Film

    by Funmazer

    He's my fricking hero. He's great. See, this is just another example of why his movies are so great. He's so into DETAIL. And his movies are always so PHYSICALLY satisfying. Look at something lame, like the Pod Race in EP1. Everything flew around, but it really didn't seem 'connected'. It seemed like multiple elements on the scren. Whereas in Jame's films, everything seems so REAL. Everything interacts with everything else. The special effects seem 'connected' to the people. The semi crashes from T2, the runaway limo from True Lies, all of Titanic. You get the sense that these things are really happening, not just because of the good effects, but because the physics of it all just seem RIGHT. Remember the jet zooming thru the canyon in ID4? Well, James would never do that. BUT I HEARD that Jimmy might NOT direct True Lies 2, just produce it, and even I, the Grand Champion Of James, will admit that Strange Days sucked. Oh, well.

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by BlueHarlequin

    Ask the Native Americans where they would be if Columbus stayed home.

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Re: Funmazer

    by Wonders

    Funmazer, we all know that Jim Cameron was partly inspired by Star Wars and Lucas to have a film career. And many people can claim to be the best, the greatest, the biggest (records are made to be broken anyway), but only one can claim to be the first. George Lucas has done many firsts in the movie industry, more than anyone else in the last few decades...

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by Prankster

    So you're saying that we shouldn't go to Mars because we'd be impinging on the Martian's civil rights? It was a freakin' analogy.

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 7:19 p.m. CST

    My really lame web page! And yes, the one he typed IS really lam

    by Funmazer

    Obsenity, congradulations on (somehow) going about finding my web page. I don't know HOW you did it, but you are some detective. However, why did you list the link to the NEWS page? I mean, there were other pages on their you coulda linked to. I'm sure they were just as lame and Cameron-wannabe as the News page, right? Right?

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 7:21 p.m. CST

    cameron a hack?

    by thinker

    Terminator, Terminator 2, The Abyss, Aliens, Titanic. All of these movies made huge piles of money. Cameron's attention to detail helped make the stories work for all but a small minority of people who sound like they have never enjoyed a single movie they went to see. Oh, and yes, I didn't like True Lies either. The only really good part of it was Tom Arnold, much to my suprise since I hated him before seeing the movie. If James Cameron hadn't worked on Titanic, it never would have been made. Studios trust him to bring home the bacon, that's why he gets to do films like these. And yes, he was inspired to film making by watching Lucas and Spielberg, but so was every other director who grew up in the 70s. Oh, and although TPM was an okay film, it wasn't as well made as most Cameron films. And that's why it won't make as much money as Titanic, no matter how much some Lucas worshipping fanboys wish it would.

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Back off, man, I'm a scientist

    by Dingo Wrangler

    As a member of the film on the website that Obesity Rules (by the way, you sir are a moron!) I feel I must defend the film and the website. Sure, it is not the Blair Witch Website (which is nothing more than a hoax, if you ask me) and the film itself is not Citizen Kane, but why pass judgment on something you have not even seen? You can't judge our work by a few images on a website. It's not supposed to be a classic. It's just some guys from Wisconsin doing the best we can with what we have. Sorry that we actually want to SHOW SOMETHING and film a movie in a way that does not require Dramamine, but hey we can't all be autuers. Some of us just want to entertain. By the way, have you ever gotten off your Fat Ass and done anything creative? I won't say for sure, seeing as how I do not know anything about you other than the fact that you, Obesity rules, are a vindictive man who is too busy jerking himself off over George Lucas, but I doubt you have done anything creative. Thank you for your time. Dingo Wrangler

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Cameron and the Mars Society

    by mkasei

    I will be posting more Cameron pictures from the conference this week and perhaps the transcript of his speech. Stay tuned. Marc Boucher Mars Society Webmaster

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Let me rephrase that

    by Wonders

    A few people probably didn't understand what I meant. I love almost every movie of James Cameron. But I wasn't talking about Lucas' vs Cameron's films. This is a subjective evaluation that we make if we do that. I was speaking objectivly about the fact that George Lucas has done many firsts in the movie industry, more than anyone else in the last few decades. You can't take that away from him, like it or not. And you don't need to insult anyone in the process. I always try to remain polite in my posts.

  • Aug. 17, 1999, 7:51 a.m. CST


    by MadBoy

    Whoever it was that said Strange Days sucked. . . Blow it out your ass, motherfucker. That was a great flick, certainly better than that glamourized borefest Titanic. T1 and T2, great flicks, Aliens, one of my all time faves, and Strange Days fucking rocked. I like some James Cameron movies, but I still think he's a megalomaniacal shithead. But if the Mars film is good, happy day. If it blows, well, nobody bats a thousand. Cameron doesn't deserve half the credit he gets - he's great at making shit blow up on a large scale, but that doesn't make him a god. For god's sake, the only good thing about titanic was watching the boat sink. . . why? Because it was a poignant portrayal of the human condition as it faces a grave tragedy? Hell the fuck no. Because we got to watch a big fucking ship break and half and a bunch of people get wasted. Stop making the man into a genius. If I want to see good action, Cameron does the job. If I want to see a great film, that's what we had Kubrick for. We've got plenty of true great directors out there - Singer, Fincher, etc., but Cameron? He's the Robert B. Parker of directors. Fluffy, funny, exciting, but about as deep as an Amish grave.

  • Aug. 17, 1999, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Did anyone get the Cameron rover pics? They've been removed...

    by superjosh

    Would love to see them... Did anyone download them?

  • Aug. 17, 1999, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Did anyone notice the author's name?

    by Ryan W

    He called himself "saxifrage" I believe, a fairly uncommon name. However, the name is also a reference to a character in a series of books about the colonization of mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, title Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars. These books deal with the terraforming and colonization of Mars. All three are epic in scale, and I recommend them highly to anyone looking for what might be seen in the new film.

  • Aug. 26, 1999, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Cameron Speech & Pics back up

    by jburk

    We've posted the transcript of James Cameron's speech to the Mars Society as well as some of the preproduction sketches & renderings he showed at the convention. Check it out! Jim Burk The Mars Society

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    H_ope h*e l ikes ci-al_is

    by Wolfpack