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James Cameron talks the ecology and locales of Avatar 2

Oct. 19, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Unlike his first highest grossing movie of all time, TITANIC, James Cameron can actually make a sequel out of AVATAR, a few in fact. The second and even third films are a go, and though we won’t see them for some years, Cameron has plenty of ideas about what they will contain.

He recently spoke to ABC news and produced a few quotes worth sharing about what we can expect form the sequel. First up, the oceans.

"That's an ecosystem that I'm dying to start designing because it's going to look spectacular. Avatar 2 narrows the spotlight to focus a little more on ocean issues instead of just nature in general or the rainforest. We have a planet that's a blue planet. From a distance, when you look at it, the Earth is a lot more blue than land mass. We're making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now, so this is a way to focus a little energy in that direction."

But it’s not all just indulging his obsession with filming in or under water.

"It still has to be entertainment first and foremost," says Cameron. "I'm not going to double the environmental content in the second film just because we got away with some the first time. I think it's just a continuation of the same thing. I want people to feel that same sense of excitement and discovery of a new world."

And one more time yes, we will be leaving Pandora.

"There will be other planets as well, besides Pandora. It will be a cornucopia, a treat for the eyes! I get to imagine things at a kind of fuzzy level and then I bring in a lot of great artists and they come up with all the amazing creatures and plants and that sort of thing." 

Extra Tidbit: As high grossing and visually spectacular as AVATAR was, it will never be our new STAR WARS.
Source: ABC

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1:24PM on 10/20/2011
So it's gonna look spectacular. Never mind the script, eh?
So it's gonna look spectacular. Never mind the script, eh?
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12:15PM on 10/20/2011

I'm no Avatard...

I found it unoriginal and predictable, BUT it was stunning to look at and I am looking forward to see what the underwater world he creates looks like.

As for extra tidbit: looking for a new star wars will probably just lead to disappointment and unless a film is marketed as 'the new star wars' I don't think its a criticism the films deserves.
I found it unoriginal and predictable, BUT it was stunning to look at and I am looking forward to see what the underwater world he creates looks like.

As for extra tidbit: looking for a new star wars will probably just lead to disappointment and unless a film is marketed as 'the new star wars' I don't think its a criticism the films deserves.
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7:35AM on 10/20/2011

really?

Why not make a TV series instead? beause cramming all those ideas to make a sequel/sequels could possibly cost as much as a show that can for 3 seasons..just saying.
Why not make a TV series instead? beause cramming all those ideas to make a sequel/sequels could possibly cost as much as a show that can for 3 seasons..just saying.
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1:49AM on 10/20/2011
All sounds good.
Tidbit: Fuck You. Speak for yourself, not everyone else. Were you 10 years old when you saw Avatar? No probably not, but you were when you saw Star Wars, don't compare apples with oranges... To millions of kids Avatar is their Star Wars. Why not let them enjoy it the way you got to enjoy Star Wars when you were a kid.
You will never have your Star Wars experience again, so enjoy it for what it was and let a new generation do the same with Avatar.
All sounds good.
Tidbit: Fuck You. Speak for yourself, not everyone else. Were you 10 years old when you saw Avatar? No probably not, but you were when you saw Star Wars, don't compare apples with oranges... To millions of kids Avatar is their Star Wars. Why not let them enjoy it the way you got to enjoy Star Wars when you were a kid.
You will never have your Star Wars experience again, so enjoy it for what it was and let a new generation do the same with Avatar.
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11:54PM on 10/19/2011
agreed as to the tidbit.
agreed as to the tidbit.
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4:02PM on 10/19/2011
Hmm, no mention of Battle Angel yet again. HAHAHAH! It's okay folks. I just packed a Flak rifle in my truck, and I'm about to embark on a road trip to Los Angeles to find and kill James Cameron. Wish me luck.
Cheers!
Hmm, no mention of Battle Angel yet again. HAHAHAH! It's okay folks. I just packed a Flak rifle in my truck, and I'm about to embark on a road trip to Los Angeles to find and kill James Cameron. Wish me luck.
Cheers!
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4:26PM on 10/19/2011
Not remotely funny or clever.
Not remotely funny or clever.
5:17PM on 10/19/2011
@filmaddict
to you
@filmaddict
to you
11:45PM on 10/19/2011
i agree film addict...this dude always has stupid shit to say.
i agree film addict...this dude always has stupid shit to say.
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3:12PM on 10/19/2011
I dont think the film ever was trying to compete with star wars or replace it. Its also usually die-hard star wars fans who even state that idea. Saying that I really dont care if there is a sequel to avatar or not. I enjoyed the film when I watched it but it never stuck with me. Since the next parts are indeed coming out I hope it keeps me more entertained then the last one.
I dont think the film ever was trying to compete with star wars or replace it. Its also usually die-hard star wars fans who even state that idea. Saying that I really dont care if there is a sequel to avatar or not. I enjoyed the film when I watched it but it never stuck with me. Since the next parts are indeed coming out I hope it keeps me more entertained then the last one.
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2:52PM on 10/19/2011
tidbit: yep
tidbit: yep
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2:35PM on 10/19/2011
So more "subtle" statements about how we treat the environment
So more "subtle" statements about how we treat the environment
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12:17PM on 10/19/2011
The first movie is engrossing and stunning from start to finish. It suckes me into watching every time its on TV. It flows perfectly and never feels like its three hours long. Even the acting is good. But for fuck sakes the story is the worst type of white boy savior cliche combined with the shittiest dialog imaginable.

You're Hollywood's greatest storyteller James, but you are far from even being a good story-writer.
The first movie is engrossing and stunning from start to finish. It suckes me into watching every time its on TV. It flows perfectly and never feels like its three hours long. Even the acting is good. But for fuck sakes the story is the worst type of white boy savior cliche combined with the shittiest dialog imaginable.

You're Hollywood's greatest storyteller James, but you are far from even being a good story-writer.
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12:16PM on 10/19/2011

Why so serious?

For me, it's not always about the originality of the story but the method in which it's been told. People who criticized Avatar for being like Dances with Wolves are the same people who criticized Dances with Wolves for being a variation of the Pocahontas legend. The truth is, there are a LOT of derivative films out there - but sometimes it's not about how unique the story is, but simply how effectively it is translated to the screen.

You can fault James Cameron for many things, but he's an
For me, it's not always about the originality of the story but the method in which it's been told. People who criticized Avatar for being like Dances with Wolves are the same people who criticized Dances with Wolves for being a variation of the Pocahontas legend. The truth is, there are a LOT of derivative films out there - but sometimes it's not about how unique the story is, but simply how effectively it is translated to the screen.

You can fault James Cameron for many things, but he's an excellent storyteller. Avatar wasn't a completely fresh or unpredictable story, but it was damn fine entertainment. I am looking forward to the sequels.
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12:03PM on 10/19/2011

Alright Jim

Why not put just a little of that effort into developing characters and/or plot of Avatar 2+3. Maybe then you wont have to spend 200 mil to distract us from the lack of both.
Why not put just a little of that effort into developing characters and/or plot of Avatar 2+3. Maybe then you wont have to spend 200 mil to distract us from the lack of both.
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1:30PM on 10/19/2011
Exactly what I wanted to say. Saw the film once and have never felt the need to see it again because it was pretty boring.
Exactly what I wanted to say. Saw the film once and have never felt the need to see it again because it was pretty boring.
11:57AM on 10/19/2011
Hey, Jim, surprise us all; have the oceans be a colour other than blue.
Hey, Jim, surprise us all; have the oceans be a colour other than blue.
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11:57AM on 10/19/2011
Was I the only one not blown away by the 3-D effects of the first, maybe it was the theater I was at, but this is really not that exciting to me
Was I the only one not blown away by the 3-D effects of the first, maybe it was the theater I was at, but this is really not that exciting to me
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1:31PM on 10/19/2011
No you're not. The novelty wears thin when you realize how boring the characters and story are.
No you're not. The novelty wears thin when you realize how boring the characters and story are.
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