Cameron: Avatar 2 Going into Ocean, Re-Release On the Way
I knew it! What "place" does James Cameron love spending more time in other than outer space? Under the water, of course, he loves diving and most of his movies have had an underwater element or inspiration to them. In a brand new interview with Hero Complex, Cameron openly confirmed that the sequel, Avatar 2, will focus "on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative." It's an interesting interview so I suggest reading the entire thing, since Cameron talks about the re-release and all the radical environmental "reactions" to Avatar (like these crazy protesters in Palestine). Read on!
First up, Cameron confirms that Avatar will get re-released back into theaters sometime this fall with extra footage. "We're working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film - which includes a lot of Weta work - for a theatrical re-release in August… We're going to wait until there's a time to come back in, inject the new footage into the mix and see if we can interest people in the Avatar experience in theaters." That last bit was in response to the DVD release this week and allowing some time for people to want to go see it in theaters again. I think once they see it in 2D, even on Blu-Ray, people might start to yearn for 3D again.
As for the sequel and going underwater, we'll just let Cameron himself explain he wants to do in this one:
"We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. 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. 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. 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."
In our big wrap up last December on where we might go and what we might see in Avatar 2, the focus was more about branching out to "other moons of the Polyphemus and the Alpha Centauri A solar system." But in the back of my mind, I knew that Cameron was going to venture underwater at some point. After the success of Avatar ($2.71 billion), Fox will let Cameron do whatever and go wherever he wants, it's totally his domain now. Don't forget that Cameron always seems to like mentioning that the story will branch out into a complete trilogy and he also said previously that it will "follow Jake and Neytiri" again. Head over to Hero Complex to read the full interview with Cameron. And pick up Avatar on DVD and Blu-Ray later this week!