James Cameron Delivers Updates on Avatar 2 and Re-Release
Yep, James Cameron and Avatar are back in the news again, but don't get too upset because it's honestly been a while since we last talked about him or his biggest movie ever. The man himself, "Jimmy C" as I like to call him, recently talked with MarketSaw and gave them a lot of updates. First, he confirmed that he is producing Guillermo del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness (announced a few weeks ago) and that they'll shoot it in native 3D using next generation 3D cameras. He also confirmed that there's 9 extra minutes in the Avatar re-release at the end of the month and he's still working on the script for Avatar 2. Read on!
You can obviously listen to their entire chat on MarketSaw (he also talked with MTV) but we're highlighting the more important news to come out of the interview. First off, James Cameron's connection with At the Mountains of Madness only came about in the last two or three weeks. As they explain: "Cameron asked about if del Toro was still interested in it. As del Toro was clearly excited to do it, Cameron said 'let's do it.' They took it to Universal with both of them attached to the fast tracked project." It's SO great that these two are working together, Mountains of Madness is definitely going to be a big highlight of the next few years.
We don't exactly know what Cameron will be directing next, but if you're wondering what he's been up to recently, he's been getting inspiration for Avatar 2 by traveling down to South America and meeting with native tribes. "I have an overall narrative arc for [Avatar] 2 and 3, and there are some modifications to that based on my experiences in the last few months from having gone down to the Amazon and actually hung out with various indigenous groups who are actually living this type of story for real… but it's not changing the overall pattern," he said. "I haven't gotten the script done yet; that's going to be a ways out." From that, it sounds like Avatar 2 won't happen soon, and I'd be willing to bet Cameron will direct something else first.
Finally, Cameron talked about converting Titanic to 3D and also complained about how terrible the Clash of the Titans 3D conversion was (as we all know). The conversion will take somewhere from 8 months to a year to complete, which is why some are saying we won't see that until 2012. As for Titans, well, "[it] showed a fundamental lack of knowledge about stereo [3D] space, in addition to the shoddy work that comes from rushing." Exactly! But he's obviously paying close attention to Titanic. "You just can't cut out edges, you're going to get flat people moving around," he said. For all of Cameron's updates, visit MarketSaw and MTV!