Lightstorm Entertainment
Company typePrivate
IndustryFilm
Founded1990; 34 years ago (1990)
FounderJames Cameron
Lawrence Kasanoff
Headquarters
Key people
James Cameron
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 Fox, now known as 20th Century Studios.[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 established a first look deal with 20th Century Fox.[5]

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

Films

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 $2.256 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 (through Buena Vista International, 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 million[15] $2.320 billion[16][17] [18]

Upcoming

Title Release Date Director Writer Distributor Co-production companies References
Avatar 3 December 19, 2025 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 [18]
Avatar 4 December 21, 2029 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 19, 2031 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

Title First air date Last air date Creator Network Co-production companies References
True Lies March 1, 2023 May 17, 2023 Matt Nix CBS 20th Television
Anthony Hemingway Productions
Flying Glass of Milk Productions
Wonderland Sound and Vision
[19][20][21]

References

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  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.
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  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.
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  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.