The day before Earth Day, when the special, no-frills edition of Avatar was coming out, James Cameron sat down in an interview with the LA Times and let out a few bits about the next Avatar, a sequel.
First thing up is that there will be a theatrical re-release of Avatar coming out in August 2010. It will have an additional six minutes of footage.
They hope to make the Avatar sequel, spending less than they did this first time around. That might not be too hard, considering he probably won’t have to invent the 3D filming process again when he films the sequel.
They’ll be focusing on the oceans of Pandora in the next film, but Cameron made note that with the invention of the Alpha Centauri AB system for Avatar, they have a wealth of material available for more than just one sequel. (In fact he makes note of this material being applied towards a third Avatar film also.)
I wonder if people will go back to the theater to see Avatar again, and I can’t help but wonder if it’s not a bit of a ploy to help add to the financial record buffers?
And as far as a number of Avatar sequels, I’m initially on a fence on that one. We all know that most sequels never pan out to the original.
It’s a rarity when a sequel like Aliens, the sequel to Alien comes along and generates a story on par with the original, or may even be considered in the same class of movie. But with that very example, it shows that James Cameron can indeed create tangible sequels. Alien (1979) was a Ridley Scott movie while James Cameron came along and created the 1986 sequel, Aliens. (Awesome quote from Aliens: Bill Paxton as Hudson: “That’s it man, game over man, game over!“)
Hence, Cameron understands how to create sequels and generate comparable stories. The odds are good the sequel will be decent enough and it’s possible with ticket prices more than likely being higher than they are today, that it too could be a record making movie.
As it stands, the DVD / Blu-ray sales for Avatar are also setting records. Blu-ray sales hit 1.5 million units on the first day, breaking records that The Dark Knight previously set.
Which is a devastating number of units sold… though with this many copies flying off the shelves, the Earth Day message might get muffled a bit if everyone takes not of all the plastic and cardboard used to package the discs, as Steve pointed out in his observations on the Avatar packaging.
As it stands, the LA Times interview is a great piece where James Cameron talks about more than just the movie, but the environment and various factors around it.
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