Infographic required to explain your movie = FAIL.
When you break it down you have:
12 days of shooting. Which means...
8 pages a day. Improvised.
No crew other than Sound. Sunlight is your Gaffer.
The actors work for scale, and a cruise.
It's improbable to think he COULDN'T produce this film in 12 days.
We used to make them in 12 days, and shot them on 35mm.
You're confusing two different movies...
Yes, Jim Cameron rose fast up the ranks with Battle Beyond the Stars.
The worm business was as 2nd Unit Director on the film Galaxy of Terror.
In between all that he was part of the crew that provided the VFX for Escape From New York. He was also friends with many of the VFX guys from ILM as they came by while they were shooting Battle. Many of those guys were friends of the Skotak Bros.
There's no "What If" about it... BLADE DID save Marvel and demonstrated to all that if the material was treated seriously, with "respect" that it would deliver at the box office.
I would be interested in hearing if they tried to place it on any of the digital broadcast networks - or even if that was a possibility.