When you go to see Ridley and Tony Scott's sci-fi film Ion down the road, whatever you think of it, love it or hate it, the one thing you'll have to do is thank James Cameron. Without him, it seems, there was little chance Ion would ever make it from script to screen.
The script by Will Dunn, about a man hunting for a reincarnated lover during his travels to different Earths and dimensions, was written on spec, made the rounds of all the studios last year and was going nowhere until Avatar changed everything.
Avatar's record-breaking $2.7 billion worldwide box office stoked interest in previously snubbed sci-fi projects, and studio executives are suddenly calling Dunn's script Avatar-like in its scope.
Ion attracted the attention of the Scotts, who worked further on the script, and now Channing Tatum is slated to star. No word yet on which studio will claim the project for its own, though Fox 2000 is reported to be the lead contender.
(via Heat Vision)