James Cameron: Piranha 3-D is 'what we should not be doing'

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

You'd think James Cameron wouldn't need to knock someone else's film in order to promote his own, but that's exactly what he did this weekend as Avatar returned to theaters with that additional nine minutes of footage.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the director said:

I tend almost never to throw other films under the bus, but that is exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3-D. Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3-D horror films from the 70s and 80s, like Friday the 13th 3-D. When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3-D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip.

Getting fired from his directing gig on Piranha II: The Spawning back in the early '80s after just a few days probably ticked Cameron off, but don't you think it's time he forgave the franchise?

We're wondering how Piranha 3-D director Alexandre Aja will respond ...

(via hitfix)