Lightstorm Entertainment

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Lightstorm Entertainment
TypePrivate
IndustryFilm
Founded1990; 33 years ago (1990)
FounderJames Cameron
Lawrence Kasanoff
Headquarters
Key people
James Cameron
Gale Anne Hurd
Rae Sanchini
Jon Landau

Lightstorm Entertainment is an American independent production company founded in 1990 by filmmaker James Cameron[1][2] and producer Lawrence Kasanoff. The majority of its films have been distributed and owned by 20th Century Studios (through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures).[3][4] It has produced several films including Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, Titanic, Alita: Battle Angel and the Avatar film series; Cameron has employed other filmmakers to produce and direct films under the Lightstorm banner.

In 1995, the company had a first look deal with 20th Century Fox (now known as 20th Century Studios).[5]

The company's logo depicts a bowman using a lightning bolt as an arrow.

Films[edit]

Title Release Date Director Writer Distributor Co-production companies Budget Gross (Worldwide) References
Terminator 2: Judgment Day July 3, 1991 James Cameron James Cameron
William Wisher
TriStar Pictures Carolco Pictures
Pacific Western Productions
$94–102 million $520.8 million [6]
The Abyss: Special Edition February 26, 1993 James Cameron 20th Century Fox Pacific Western Productions $43–47 million $89.8 million [7]
True Lies July 15, 1994 screenplay by:
James Cameron
story by:
Randall Frakes
James Cameron
20th Century Fox (United States)
Universal Pictures (International)
N/A $100–120 million $378.9 million [8]
Strange Days October 6, 1995 Kathryn Bigelow screenplay by:
James Cameron
Jay Cocks
story by:
James Cameron
$42 million $8 million [9]
Titanic December 19, 1997 James Cameron Paramount Pictures (United States)
20th Century Fox (International)
$200 million $2.195 billion [10]
Solaris November 29, 2002 Steven Soderbergh screenplay by:
Steven Soderbergh


based on Solaris by:
Stainslaw Lem

20th Century Fox $47 million $30 million [11]
Avatar December 18, 2009 James Cameron Dune Entertainment
Ingenious Film Partners
$237 million $2.923 billion [12]
Alita: Battle Angel February 14, 2019 Robert Rodriguez screenplay by:
James Cameron
Laeta Kalogridis
based on the manga Gunnm by:
Yukito Kishiro
Troublemaker Studios
TSG Entertainment
$170 million $404.9 million [13]
Terminator: Dark Fate November 1, 2019 Tim Miller screenplay by:
David S. Goyer
Justin Rhodes
Billy Ray
story by:
James Cameron
Charles H. Eglee
Josh Friedman
David S. Goyer
Justin Rhodes
based on characters created by:
James Cameron
Gale Anne Hurd
Paramount Pictures (United States)
20th Century Fox (International)
Buena Vista International
20th Century Fox
Skydance Media
Tencent Pictures
TSG Entertainment
$185–196 million $261.1 million [14]
Avatar: The Way of Water December 16, 2022 James Cameron screenplay by:
James Cameron
Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
story by:
James Cameron, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno
based on characters created by:
James Cameron
20th Century Studios TSG Entertainment II $350–460 million[15] $2.174 billion[16][17] [18]

Upcoming[edit]

Title Release Date Director Writer Distributor Co-production companies References
Avatar 3 December 19, 2024 James Cameron screenplay by:
James Cameron, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
story by:
James Cameron, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno
based on characters created by:
James Cameron
20th Century Studios TSG Entertainment II [18]
Avatar 4 December 18, 2026 screenplay by:
James Cameron
Josh Friedman
story by:
James Cameron
Josh Friedman
Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
and Shane Salerno
based on characters created by:
James Cameron
TBA [18]
Avatar 5 December 22, 2028 screenplay by:
James Cameron Shane Salerno
story by:
James Cameron
Josh Friedman
Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Shane Salerno
based on characters created by:
James Cameron
TBA [18]

Television[edit]

Title Release Date Director Writer Distributor Co-production companies References
True Lies March 1, 2023 Anthony Hemingway Matt Nix CBS 20th Television
Anthony Hemingway Productions
Flying Glass of Milk Productions
Wonderland Sound and Vision
[19][20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James Cameron". Variety.
  2. ^ Gardner, Eriq (2014-01-20). "James Cameron Wins Yet Another 'Avatar' Theft Lawsuit". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  3. ^ James Cameron Biography - Yahoo Movies
  4. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (31 August 1990). "At the Movies". NY Times. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Cameron's Lightstorm Docks At Fox". Variety. 1995-12-18. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  6. ^ Ian Failes (August 24, 2017). "Converting a Classic: How Stereo D Gave Terminator 2: Judgment Day a 3D Makeover". VFX Voice. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Fox Locks In Cameron With a 5-Year Deal Worth $500 Million from The New York Times
  8. ^ Thompson, Anne (29 July 1994). "5 True Lies about James Cameron". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  9. ^ Deborah Jermyn; Sean Redmond (January 2003). "Strange Days: A Case History of Production and Distribution in Hollywood". The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood Transgressor. Wallflower Press. pp. 144–158. ISBN 978-1903364420. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Titanic (1997)". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  11. ^ "Solaris: Sci-fi with a Soderbergh Difference". Urban Cinefile. February 27, 2003. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  12. ^ "Avatar". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  13. ^ "Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (2017-01-21). "He's Back! James Cameron To Godfather 'Terminator' With 'Deadpool' Helmer Tim Miller". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  15. ^ "Box Office: 'Avatar: The Way of Water' Lands Coveted China Release". The Hollywood Reporter. November 22, 2022. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  16. ^ "Avatar: The Way of Water". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved January 1, 2023.Edit this at Wikidata
  17. ^ "Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) - Financial Information". The Numbers. December 16, 2022. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  18. ^ a b c d McNary, Dave (2017-09-30). "'Avatar' Sequel Release Dates Set, Starting in December 2020". Variety.com. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  19. ^ Otterson, Joe (13 May 2022). "'True Lies' Series Adaptation Ordered at CBS". Variety. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
  20. ^ White, Peter (November 14, 2022). "True Lies & RuPaul's Lingo Land Premieres As CBS Unveils Midseason Schedule". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
  21. ^ "New CBS Drama "True Lies" Will Now Premiere on Wednesday, March 1". The Futon Critic. December 9, 2022. Retrieved December 30, 2022.

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