James Cameron doing the ”Avatar” director thing.
Okay, so “Avatar 2″ won’t hit theaters until December 2014, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be in the dark until then. On the contrary, James Cameron seems pretty willing to talk about his plans for the franchise, like he did on last night’s Nightline. Here is some of what he had to say [credit to ComingSoon for picking up on this story]:
“It’s on Pandora [well, I think we all figured that]. Well, I’m really writing the second and third films together, so it completes a kinda three film story arc. And we will see the oceans of Pandora, which we haven’t seen at all and that’s an ecosystem that I’m dying to start designing because it’s going to look spectacular.”
He added that the next film “narrows the spotlight instead of just nature in general or the rainforest. It focuses it a little more on ocean issues, because we have a planet that’s a blue planet. From a distance, you look at it, the Earth is a lot more blue than it is, you know brown, the land mass. We’re making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now. For a lot or reasons. It’s just a way to focus a little energy in that direction.”
He then revealed a bit more in the interview. “And there will be other planets as well, besides Pandora. It will be a cornucopia, a treat for the eyes,” he said.
And who doesn’t need a treat for their eyes?!!
So, Jim (may I call you Jim?), will you approach this film differently than the first one?
“”I think it’s just a continuation of the same thing. I want people to feel that same sense of excitement about that world. You know, the fictional Na’vi people and I want them to feel that excitement of discovery of a new world that they’re going to see things that they haven’t imagined. All that sort of the perk package of the first movie is still going to be there. And the themes will be there and be played out in a way that I think people can accept.”
Oh, and no, he won’t shove an environmental agenda down our throats, so you’ll be able to enjoy it, people who hate the environment!
“I’m not going to become more strident. I’m not going to say, ‘well, we got away with this much environmental content in the first movie, now there’s double.’ Because I think that would be a mistake. It has to be entertainment first and foremost.”
Are you worried that our friend Jim sees himself as the sole auteur, that he’s an egomaniac? Well, you have to be to some degree to succeed as a film director, but Cameron does give credit to others where it is due:
“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.”
Thanks again to ComingSoon–they also have the video of the interview if you’d like to see and hear Mr. Cameron himself.