Wednesday, April 21, 2010

James Cameron: Avatar Sequel Will Go Underwater

Unless you’ve been living under a rock on a faraway moon (and keeping all of that unobtainium for yourself, you greedy blue bastard), you probably know that Avatar, the biggest movie of all time, hits Blu-ray and DVD this week. In anticipation of the film’s April 22 (Earth Day) home video release, director James Cameron told the Los Angeles Times that while he’s already taken viewers through the lush jungles of Pandora, he has a new locale in mind for the sequel.

“I’ve already announced this, so I might as well say it: Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment—a different setting within Pandora,” he said. “And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.”

As movie buffs might recall, Cameron’s post-Titanic, pre-Avatar documentaries involved underwater exploration, so this is right up his alley. And if the wacky creature designs in the first film are any indication, it’s a safe bet the inhabitants of Pandora’s oceans are at least somewhat nightmare inducing. This is a good thing.

As for a third—and presumably final—Avatar film? Cameron’s ready to take us to other worlds. “We created a broad canvas for the environment of film,” he explained. “That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story—not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film.”

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