Joel Moore Talks About James Cameron's Avatar - Will Change Our World
by Alex Billington
August 30, 2007
If you've got nothing more than a desire to read news about movies that aren't arriving until sometime in 2009, then this is your week! You've got Zack Snyder's The Illustrated Man up first (which is even beyond 2009), now this new lengthy bit about James Cameron's Avatar, and of course you can always go back and read more on Watchmen.
ComingSoon.net recently chatted with actor Joel David Moore, who's starring in Cameron's sci-fi motion capture film Avatar, and got a little bit out of him about the film and its technology - or at least as much as he was allowed to say, as Moore is even required to keep quiet about the technology.
The basic gist of it - this technology is going to blow us away. I'm not talking about Robert Zemeckis' Polar Express in IMAX 3D, I'm talking about shaping the industry entirely from that point forward and changing the way we watch movies. Joel David Moore, who stars alongside of Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Wes Studi, Michelle Rodriguez, and CCH Pounder, has been shooting since February and will be shooting until February 2008 - an entire year for one film. Of course that's tedious, but his response: "I gotta tell you, it's the most amazing thing I've ever done." Moore followed that up with some discussion about working with Cameron.
"He's one of the biggest and best directors in the business and to be able to be put in that position of luxury and comfort is really cool. When I first sat down and read the script for the first time, it's got James Cameron, this is the most amazing thing, it's going to be a sci-fi thing. So I assumed this is just a sci-fi, but it's so much more. And even better than that is what we're doing; it's just stunning. I have to be discrete even talking about it, but they're going to blow your mind. As far as technology, it's history in movie making; people are likening this to the creation of color TV."
Still not sure what Avatar is about? Joel and Sigourney play anthropologists, studying plant and nature life on another planet. Moore says that they start learning about them, this other alien life form, and they "learn that we like a lot about them that we may or may not like about humanity." The film is comprised primarily of Joel, Sigourney, and Sam Worthington trekking off to this other world to try to assimilate this other society. Cameron has written the script and even Moore has complimented it: "[Cameron's] given an arch to all his characters that we all have our own stories and struggles; no one's just tagging along for the ride. It's pretty spectacular."
Not excited just yet? You've got a while to wait, with a release date set for May 22nd, 2009. From the sounds of it, I'm looking forward to the next great film and the next great revolution in movies. It was Michael Biehn who called it "Lawrence of Arabia in space," and that right there is what I'm looking forward to more than anything.