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03.20.2009

UPDATE - Time has issued a correction stating that the budget of the film was $200 million NOT $300 million...

TIME magazine writer Josh Quittner is one lucky dude. In his upcoming article about 3-D movies, the writer reveals that he was privileged enough to see some footage of James Cameron's absurdly anticipated 3-D sci-fi romp AVATAR. To say that this film is one of the most speculated about films in recent memory is an understatement. Everyone has been abuzz over the supposed mind-bending technology exhibited in the film, and Quittner does his part to reinforce the hype.

More than a thousand people have worked on it, at a cost in excess of $300 million, and it represents digital filmmaking's bleeding edge. Cameron wrote the treatment for it in 1995 as a way to push his digital-production company to its limits. The movie pioneers two unrelated technologies--e-motion capture, which uses images from tiny cameras rigged to actors' heads to replicate their expressions, and digital 3-D.

The film is set in the future, and most of the action takes place on a mythical planet, Pandora. The actors work in an empty studio; Pandora's lush jungle-aquatic environment is computer-generated in New Zealand by (Peter) Jackson's special-effects company, Weta Digital, and added later.

I couldn't tell what was real and what was animated--even knowing that the 9-ft.-tall blue, dappled dude couldn't possibly be real. The scenes were so startling and absorbing that the following morning, I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there, as if Pandora were real.

So apparently Cameron's AVATAR is going to make Dr. Manhattan look like Herman Munster. Steven Soderbergh already said that AVATAR will change the way films are made, and it looks like he wasn't far off. This is going to be absolutely HUGE. Let the hype machine begin. Read the rest of the article here.

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Extra Tidbit: The reported budget of over $300 million would make AVATAR the most expensive film ever produced.
Source: TIME

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12:31PM on 03/23/2009
Nothing is better than Aliens, but I still expect Avatar to be awesome.
Nothing is better than Aliens, but I still expect Avatar to be awesome.
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4:59PM on 03/21/2009

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Still won't be better than "ALIENS".
Still won't be better than "ALIENS".
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4:57PM on 03/21/2009

Another Hmm...

This dude who wrote the article sounds like he wants to blow Cameron.

I feel CGI and real will always be discernible by the human eye.
This dude who wrote the article sounds like he wants to blow Cameron.

I feel CGI and real will always be discernible by the human eye.
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9:56AM on 03/21/2009

Hmm....

While I am pumped that JC is finally helming a meaningful movie after Titanic (am discounting TV and Documentaries for now), I am just apprehensive that the delay between translating his vision and waiting for the technology to bring it to fruition does not become a Daikatana type disaster...

And also the 200 Mill budget means that this movie will only recoup anything in the DVD market over the long run...

Despite all of that...PUMPED!!!
While I am pumped that JC is finally helming a meaningful movie after Titanic (am discounting TV and Documentaries for now), I am just apprehensive that the delay between translating his vision and waiting for the technology to bring it to fruition does not become a Daikatana type disaster...

And also the 200 Mill budget means that this movie will only recoup anything in the DVD market over the long run...

Despite all of that...PUMPED!!!
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2:55AM on 03/21/2009
Cameron is my favorite director of all time. Having said that, I still don't think this movie will beat Titanic. I expect Avatar to make serious bank, but I can't see a Sci fi movie beating a movie that was #1 in the box office for 16 weeks (Titanic).

Can Cameron top himself with Avatar...yes, can he beat his own gross record with Avatar...no. However I'm still counting down the days to Avatar, it's going to be HUGE!
Cameron is my favorite director of all time. Having said that, I still don't think this movie will beat Titanic. I expect Avatar to make serious bank, but I can't see a Sci fi movie beating a movie that was #1 in the box office for 16 weeks (Titanic).

Can Cameron top himself with Avatar...yes, can he beat his own gross record with Avatar...no. However I'm still counting down the days to Avatar, it's going to be HUGE!
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11:38PM on 03/20/2009
let's not get crazy here, even if this movie ended up being the greatest, most epic, sci-fi movie in the history of film, the simple fact that it is a sci-fi movie means that it probably wouldnt even come close to The Dark Knight, forget Titanic. still, if it DID end up being the greatest sci-fi movie ever, i wouldn't give 2 shits how much $$ it makes, because i would have seen it and that would be enough for me.
let's not get crazy here, even if this movie ended up being the greatest, most epic, sci-fi movie in the history of film, the simple fact that it is a sci-fi movie means that it probably wouldnt even come close to The Dark Knight, forget Titanic. still, if it DID end up being the greatest sci-fi movie ever, i wouldn't give 2 shits how much $$ it makes, because i would have seen it and that would be enough for me.
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7:55PM on 03/20/2009

THIS WILL BE

phenomena. i have faith that this movie will be bigger than anything we have ever seen. i really think that it has the potential to beat TITANIC if the movie is EPIC AWESOME
phenomena. i have faith that this movie will be bigger than anything we have ever seen. i really think that it has the potential to beat TITANIC if the movie is EPIC AWESOME
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7:10PM on 03/20/2009

Will it break even ?

It looks incredible, but I am wondering if they'll make their money back. That's a HUGE budget ! Can't wait regardless though.
It looks incredible, but I am wondering if they'll make their money back. That's a HUGE budget ! Can't wait regardless though.
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5:15PM on 03/20/2009
i am really anticipating this movie, but i was happy to see that the budget was 200 rather than 300. mostly for the fact that no matter how anticipated this movie is, it is still pure Sci-fi, which i love, but sci-fi movies seem like a hard pitch to sell to the average movie goer in order for this to make big $. that being said, with Cameron as the director, we all know this movie will be profitable no matter what, and even if the story turns out to be lacking, the development of this new tech
i am really anticipating this movie, but i was happy to see that the budget was 200 rather than 300. mostly for the fact that no matter how anticipated this movie is, it is still pure Sci-fi, which i love, but sci-fi movies seem like a hard pitch to sell to the average movie goer in order for this to make big $. that being said, with Cameron as the director, we all know this movie will be profitable no matter what, and even if the story turns out to be lacking, the development of this new tech could only mean better things in the future.
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4:49PM on 03/20/2009
Cameron = Awesome!
Cameron = Awesome!
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4:45PM on 03/20/2009

Get me my glasses...

This sounds great. Like a kick in George Lucas's nuts great.
This sounds great. Like a kick in George Lucas's nuts great.
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4:43PM on 03/20/2009
James Cameron is my favorite director of all time. So far he hasn't made a bad movie. I really hope Avatar lives up to his perfect track record.
James Cameron is my favorite director of all time. So far he hasn't made a bad movie. I really hope Avatar lives up to his perfect track record.
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1:33PM on 03/20/2009

the 3d sounds really exciting and all,
but to me, spending 300 mil to make a movie of any kind is just a bit absurd.

the 3d sounds really exciting and all,
but to me, spending 300 mil to make a movie of any kind is just a bit absurd.
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12:18PM on 03/20/2009
Im super pumped that Cameron is back in action but all I hear about is the special effects. If the filmakers goal is to just showcase special effects then I am positive that the story will suffer. Whats the movie about because so far it seems that its about what james Cameron can achieve visually.
Im super pumped that Cameron is back in action but all I hear about is the special effects. If the filmakers goal is to just showcase special effects then I am positive that the story will suffer. Whats the movie about because so far it seems that its about what james Cameron can achieve visually.
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12:07PM on 03/20/2009
Cameron sure liked working with bug budgets. Terminator 2 was the first film to have a $100 Million budget, and Titanic was the first to have a $200 Million one. Of course, as has already been pointed out, that's using real numbers and not adjusting for inflation.
Cameron sure liked working with bug budgets. Terminator 2 was the first film to have a $100 Million budget, and Titanic was the first to have a $200 Million one. Of course, as has already been pointed out, that's using real numbers and not adjusting for inflation.
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9:53AM on 03/20/2009
Let the over hyping of a movie commence!

It looked so real I wanted to go back, what the fuck was this guy on? Dude, its just a movie! Live in the NOW!

That being said, Im salivating over this one.
Let the over hyping of a movie commence!

It looked so real I wanted to go back, what the fuck was this guy on? Dude, its just a movie! Live in the NOW!

That being said, Im salivating over this one.
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9:48AM on 03/20/2009
I'm looking forward to this thing very much. The only risk here is that Cameron might be rusty with narrative. But, if ANYBODY is going to sell me on these new technologies, it's going to be James Cameron.

And Barma, by the number itself, you're technically right, but given inflation, I believe War and Peace is still the most expensive movie ever made, because the Russian government itself was willing to pump the modern equivalent of 700 million into it.
I'm looking forward to this thing very much. The only risk here is that Cameron might be rusty with narrative. But, if ANYBODY is going to sell me on these new technologies, it's going to be James Cameron.

And Barma, by the number itself, you're technically right, but given inflation, I believe War and Peace is still the most expensive movie ever made, because the Russian government itself was willing to pump the modern equivalent of 700 million into it.
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6:40AM on 03/20/2009

3 d naked blue alien ladies

now let the sands of time rush us forward to opening day...
now let the sands of time rush us forward to opening day...
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5:17AM on 03/20/2009
If you want to know if the story is good or not go read it for yourself. The original scriptment is online.

I personally can't see 3D movies, so I'm going to miss out on that. Hopefully the 2D film will be just as good, that is if any theater around will be showing it in 2D.
If you want to know if the story is good or not go read it for yourself. The original scriptment is online.

I personally can't see 3D movies, so I'm going to miss out on that. Hopefully the 2D film will be just as good, that is if any theater around will be showing it in 2D.
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5:15AM on 03/20/2009

i think so, lalex81

I think if Cameron's past work is any indication, he doesn't forget about plot in his movies.
I think if Cameron's past work is any indication, he doesn't forget about plot in his movies.
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3:56AM on 03/20/2009
The question is: Will the movie be entertaining?

Because with a budget of over 300 millions, possibly 400 million with marketing it must have a story that appeals to everybody just to make even.
The question is: Will the movie be entertaining?

Because with a budget of over 300 millions, possibly 400 million with marketing it must have a story that appeals to everybody just to make even.
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