Bigelow is already generating Oscar buzz with the hit movie, but Cameron confesses his ex wanted to make a film adaptation of Erik Larson’s book, The Devil in the White City, when the project came along.
The Avatar director, who says the pair are still friendly after their 1991 split, admits he advised his ex to drop the other film during a chat.
Cameron tells USA Today, “I encouraged her to do The Hurt Locker, because she had gotten that script and let me read it just for comment. I said, ‘Jump out of White City and do this film!'”