“It never goes away”: James Cameron’s Re-Release of 1989 Film Serves To Save Face Over His Biggest Flop

James Cameron clarified why a re-release of The Abyss was necessary!

“It never goes away”: James Cameron’s Re-Release of 1989 Film Serves To Save Face Over His Biggest Flop


  • The 1989 James Cameron movie Abyss was a box office failure, despite receiving good reviews from critics.
  • However, despite the mixed reception, Cameron did not regret making the movie.
  • James Cameron recently defended the film, stating that it wasn't supposed to be remembered only for its CGI or special effects.
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Unlike some of the other directors, James Cameron isn’t one to shy away from his previous work, despite how it was received. Director and creator of the 1989 movie The Abyss, Cameron has no regrets about his work that wasn’t much of a commercial success.

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Talking about how he measures the timeline of his movies with his children’s age limits, Cameron has quite a unique way of viewing his career. Stating his intentions about the upcoming re-release of the iconic film, James Cameron said that the 1989 movie was never about the effects.

James Cameron with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of The Terminator
James Cameron with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of The Terminator

James Cameron Doesn’t Regret His Work

Back in 1989, James Cameron released the sci-fi film titled The Abyss. With Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the lead roles, the film was quite a success in terms of storytelling and getting nominated for awards. The movie wasn’t that much of a success commercially.

Ed Harris in the Abyss
Ed Harris in the Abyss

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In an interview with GQthe director talked about his 1989 film and how it wasn’t about what people made it out to be. Revealing that the movie wasn’t about special effects or CGI, James Cameron corrected hopes that a re-release of the film might solve the problem.

“[The Abys] holds up pretty well. People think of [The Abyss] as an effects movie, when it really isn’t. It’s all about this [posing his hands as if creating a frame]”.

As the interview progressed, Cameron talked about how he went down the memory lane of his movies with the help of his children. Talking about how the age limits help him in rewatching his movies, James Cameron had a pretty sweet way to retrospect his career.


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James Cameron Watches His Movies With His Children

James Cameron's 'The Abyss' is Back to Theaters With 4K Remaster
James Cameron’s ‘The Abyss’ is Back to Theaters With 4K Remaster

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Talking about how several directors do not like to watch their own movies or series, James Cameron doesn’t shy away from his career. The veteran director revealed to GQ that he watches his movies with his children when they are of age.

“You go through different stages where each kid gets to a point where they’re ready to see a certain film depending on its rating. And I ask them to not just watch them with friends, but to let me share that experience with them.”

He further continued,


“And the farther you get away from having made the film, the more you can appreciate it like an audience member, but I still remember where I was standing in every setup. It’s the strangest thing. It’s like, I know I was standing over there against the wall here, [or] That one, I had my hand on the back of the magazine and I was shaking the camera. It never goes away.”

Whatever the case might have been, The Abyss received a rating of 7.5/10 on IMDB and a whopping 88& on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, however, only managed to earn $90 million at the global box office.


Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.