Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Just ahead of Avatar hitting Blu-ray & DVD on Thursday, director James Cameron sat down with the LA Times talking about Avatar 2 and Pandora’s Oceans
"Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. 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 rainforest. I'm not saying we won't see what we've already seen; we'll see more of that as well,".
Cameron said the sequel would take less time to shoot. "The challenge on the next Avatar is to do what we did before at half the price and in half the time. Again, that's an impossible goal, we won't accomplish that, but if we can reduce by 25% in both categories, we'll have really accomplished something."
Cameron also says that his team was working on an extra six minutes of Avatar footage which would be added to the film for its August re-release at cinemas, something he said was due to overwhelming demand.
"We were sold out of our IMAX performances right up to the moment until they were contractually obligated to switch to Alice in Wonderland, so we know we left money on the table there," he said. "It'll be interesting because it'll be on DVD by then, but I think Avatar is kind of a unique category where people are enjoying the unique theatrical experience even though they may have seen it on the small screen. They want to have that immersive, transportive experience."
With lots more hit you over the head messages no doubt...