James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ sequel will dive into the oceans of Pandora

April 20, 2010 | 10:43 p.m.

On Thursday, which is Earth Day, Fox will release “Avatar” on DVD and Blu-ray, but James Cameron says a longer version of the film will be back in theaters in August — and that the franchise will return with a seagoing sequel. Hero Complex contributor Patrick Kevin Day recently spoke with the filmmaker.

James Cameron blue

 

PD: Will we see an “Avatar” theatrical re-release this summer?

JC: We’re working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film — which includes a lot of Weta work — for a theatrical re-release in August. We were sold out of our Imax performances right up to the moment until they were contractually obligated to switch to “Alice in Wonderland,” so we know we left money on the table there. And the 3-D really helped “Avatar” right up until the moment that it hurt it. And it hurt it at the moment “Alice” and then “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Clash of the Titans” came in and sucked up all the 3-D screens. We went from declining 8% a week to declining 50%. Clearly, it wasn’t market forces directly; it was the availability of theaters. So we’re going to wait until there’s a time to come back in, inject the new footage into the mix and see if we can interest people in the “Avatar” experience in theaters.

Avatar bluray

It’ll be interesting because it’ll be on DVD by then, but I think “Avatar” is kind of a unique category where people are enjoying the unique theatrical experience even though they may have seen it on the small screen. They want to have that immersive, transportive experience. “2001: A Space Odyssey” played for three years at the Loews cinema in Toronto. I remember that. It just kept playing. People wanted to return to that experience. That may not be the best example because I think “2001” took 25 years to break even.

PD: What goes through your mind when you hear that officials in China changed the name of a peak in Zhangjiajie peak to Avatar Hallelujah Mountains or that Palestinian protesters are dressing as Na’vi?

JC: I think it’s really interesting that these people see their reality reflected in the movie. And of course this is what’s caused all of these [environmental] groups to come to us and say, “Can you help us? Can we do fundraising? Can you help with awareness? Can we associate our website? Can we link to ‘Avatar’?” All of these things. Right now, my challenge is to orchestrate this in a way that “Avatar” can continue to do some good. I think the movie itself is reaching people all over the world, which it clearly did by the amount of money it made. It created a sense of an emotional response to this environmental crisis and I think it even may have made it an emotional call to action. The next step is people need to know what to do — what do I specifically do in my life next so that I don’t feel helpless and powerless.

Navi protester

PD: Does it change your outlook as a creator of entertainment?

JC: Well, I think it makes certain projects that I liked as potential films seem trivial by comparison. I think it makes the idea of making another “Avatar” film more attractive. Because not only is it good business, but it’s good for the environment. I think every model we should use in evaluating any environmental project moving forward should be: Is it good business and is it good for the environment? Because there’s this idea promoted by the right and by special interest groups that you have to choose. You can either have a strong economy or you can help the environment, but you can’t do both at the same time. That’s ridiculous. In fact, as a sustainable vision for a healthy economy has to involve changing our energy policy and changing with respect to the natural world. Because we’re hitting nature’s thresholds, we’re hitting nature’s limits with respect to water and crop yields and energy use and fossil fuels heating the atmosphere at the same time we’re past global peak and running out of that. So we’ve got to change anyway. The people embracing the change earliest are the ones facing the most vigorous economies in 10, 20 years. The nation that leads in renewable energy will be the nation that leads the world 10, 20 years from now. And right now, based on current trends, that’s going to be China. We’re not in any way competing with China in terms of renewable energy. That’s where it shows the proof that you have to choose between economy or energy. China has clearly chosen economy at the expense of everything else with 8% GDP growth a year as a mantra and yet 60% of the solar panels in the world are made in China. They are the most aggressive leaders in the renewable energy sector. So clearly those two are going hand in hand.

Avatar floating mountains

 

 PD: Is your interest moving from cinema toward public policy?

JC: Not specifically. Look, I’m an artist. I’m just going to be a big mouth and blather my opinions around, as artists are wont to do. That’s fine. In the particular case of “Avatar,” I found there’s a call to action and a sense of duty that’s emerged from it. It wasn’t my intention going into [the film] to do that. I figured I’d be on vacation right now. I figured I’d make my big statement with the movie and let everyone else sort out what to do. Turns out there aren’t that many people figuring out what to do. The leaders have been scared off, people of conscience in our leadership in Washington have been scared off by the right and the fossil fuel lobbies. They won’t even use the term “sustainability” or “climate change” in an energy bill, which is ludicrous on its face. It completely ignores the elephant in the room that we’re all dealing with. The average American doesn’t even believe climate change is real, they think it’s all a hoax. Two years ago, 50% of Americans thought climate change was real and thought it was human caused. Now we’re down to a third. That’s the work of a very well-funded campaign to create a climate of denial in the media. You’ve got to work against that. Here’s my philosophy in life: If there’s a fire, you put it out. If there’s a flood, you fill sandbags and you build a dike. You roll up your sleeves and you get to work. I think we’re facing that kind of crisis and I’m not going to stand around and leave it to someone else to deal with it.

James Cameron on Avatar set

I tried [being a mogul]. It bores me. I don’t really want to produce other people’s movies. Because they’re either grown-up filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh or Kathryn Bigelow that didn’t really need me — and I’ve produced both of them. It’s fun to sit around with them and be collegial, but they don’t need me. They can make the film without me. Or it’s a new filmmaker starting out and I’ve got to hold their hand and lead them through the whole thing. I don’t get anything out of it in either one of those configurations. I don’t get anything out of putting my name on a movie as producer. It doesn’t do anything for me. I make my own stuff. There are tons and tons of other things I’m interested in that have nothing to do with movies or are documentary projects. So I pick my feature film battles very carefully. They’re going to be personal and they’re going to take a lot of my energy. I’m not going to be some big production company and be Jerry Bruckheimer or something like that. It doesn’t interest me.

PD: When you embark on your next film project, do you know what the challenge will be? Something on par with filming underwater for “The Abyss” or perfecting the performance capture technology in “Avatar”?

JC: Well you’ve already defined what the challenge will be on the next “Avatar” picture, which is to do what we did before at half the price and in half the time. Again, that’s an impossible goal, we won’t accomplish that, but if we can reduce by 25% in both categories, we’ll have really accomplished something. We know our methodology works. We also know it took two years to come up with. It didn’t even become efficient until the last two months of the production. So we were four years into a project before we had this machine running smoothly. So we take a snapshot of that moment in our production and say that’s what we look like on Day 1, we’re going to do better. Now, none of that has anything to do with coming up with a great story or great characters or great new settings and so on. That all is a given. That’s not to say that it’s done yet, it’s a given that we have to do that. But for me, the technical challenge is in improving the process having proved that it works.

We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film. I’ve already announced this, so I might as well say it: Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.

Avatar bow and arrow

 

PD: Are you still an avid science-fiction reader?

JC: No, not so much an avid science-fiction reader anymore. I probably spend more time writing than reading science fiction. I find that science-fiction literature is so reactive to all the literature that’s gone before that it’s sort of like a fractal. It’s gone to a level of detail that the average person could not possibly follow unless you’re a fan. It iterates upon many prior generations of iterations. The literature now is so opaque to the average person that you couldn’t take a science-fiction short story that’s published now and turn it into a movie. There’d be way too much ground work you’d have to lay. It’s OK to have detail and density, but if you rely on being a lifelong science-fiction fan to understand what the story is about, then it’s not going to translate to a broader audience. Actually, literary science fiction is a very, very narrow band of the publishing business. I love science fiction in more of a pop-culture sense. And by the way, the line between science fiction and reality has blurred a lot in my life doing deep ocean expeditions and working on actual space projects and so on. So I tend to be more fascinated by the reality of the science-fiction world in which we live. I read real science voraciously. I read science magazines. Lay science magazines. I don’t read science papers per se unless it’s been sent to me by a friend in the science community that they’re working on and is a subject that I’m conversant about. Like whether it’s the thickness of ice on Europa. Something specific. And if I need clarification on something, I can call the author and ask them. But generally speaking, I read Scientific American and Discover and Popular Science and that sort of thing.

–Patrick Kevin Day

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PHOTOS: Top, James Cameron at the Fabiolus Cafe on Jan. 6, 2010 (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times). Second, the box-art for the “Avatar” Blu-ray (Fox). Third, a demonstrator against Israel’s barrier near the village of Bilin, West Bank, is dressed as a character from the film “Avatar,” likening the Palestinians’ land struggle to the film’s fight (Bernat Armangue / Associated Press). Fourth and sixth, scenes from “Avatar” (Fox). Fifth, Cameron on the set of “Avatar” (Fox). Bottom, James Cameron goes native (illustration by Kevin Lingenfelser)

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113 Responses to James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ sequel will dive into the oceans of Pandora

  1. MikeVee says:

    Almost every movie I've seen that takes place under water has been slow moving and somewhat boring. Several Bond movies, Lara Croft, 20,000 Leagues, The Abyss, Fantastic Voyage, Finding Nemo, Star Wars 1, Harry Potter 4, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Sky Captain, etc. The only good that came out of these movies was Raquel Welch in a diving suit!
    All the drama, fast paced action and dialogue takes place in submarines (i.e. out of the water), where people aren't hindered by breathing apparatus and aquatic gear.
    Of course, Avatar's inhabitants will be free of diving suits and face masks. Even Cameron recognized this when he made The Abyss. That's why the actors had newly designed face masks that revealed much of their face.

    • stinar007 says:

      Harry Potter 4 was the best of the franchise yet. Can't/won't really speak one way or the other for the rest of the movies, but I think you hit the nail on the head regarding less limitations on Pandora with the Na'vi as well Cameron being privy to the slow nature of film under water.

    • Live says:

      Some of the movies you mentioned not only do not take place underwater but they were also immensely successful. Having a few scenes underwater does not constitute it to be an 'underwater' movie. Also, if these movies were that 'slow moving' they wouldn't have been as successful as they were.

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    • Fordman555 says:

      I see where you are coming from, however look at all the technology they have to use. I have no doubt that this movie being under water will slow the mojo down innthe aspect of intensity. But hey it is all in the aspects of opinion.

  2. Ian says:

    The first half of the interview has him obsessed with how much money the movie has made and can keep making. I still hate the massive ego that just oozes out of every other sentence he says.

    • Justyna says:

      still its prob because he doesnt wanna waste so much money if he wastes more hel be able to make more movies that cost less to produce

    • Missy says:

      As much as we all want everyone to do everything for "the right reasons", ie, the environment, artistic drive, political statements and so on, the fact is that in the end everyone needs and wants to make money (or some type of recognition to boost career). I love my job, but to be honest would not do it for free nor would I be upset if more money was offered my way, especially when I knew I deserved it. After all the work he's done with one movie alone ( Avatar) I think he deserves the right to boast and enjoy his good fortune. He still cares about the viewers and wants to make sure he's not feeding us the same stories and sights over and over again. He is trying to be inovative for us too. Movies aren't six dollars to see anymore, and I can truely say that his movies more often then not are twenty dollars (plus popcorn and soda's) well spent :)

  3. Silas Dooley says:

    This is the kind of irony that is just absurd. Hearing Cameron talk of "sustainability" begs the question: How sustainable is his own filmmaking? I am not only speaking of the environment, the economy and the culture but the fact that his own practice as a blockbuster filmmaker precludes him from any serious attempt at changing how films are made from a sustainability perspective, mostly, because of how all large-scale films are made today.
    I for one do not believe in a film that merely traffics in "sustainability metaphors" without a real discussion about making Hollywood more sustainable and future-minded.
    For example, why can't a film like Avatar off-set its carbon footprint; achieve a more non-profit model for research and education; and help instill civic responsibility in Hollywood? These aren't metaphors it's just smart business. If paying for this so-called immersive experience is so necessary, then, again, why not make the gain of such an experience something more than idolatry? Imagine a Hollywood that rebuilds; refinances; and revitalizes neighborhoods, communities and cultures that it has been shooting in for decades. If we knew that for every movie crew we saw on the street there was a building being fixed, a school being revitalized or a park created, then, yes, I could probably deal better with the metaphors because at least then I would know they weren't idle!
    Let's see if Hollywood can go "cradle-to-cradle" before accepting the notion that "profit" is in our rights as individuals, because profit should mean something to everyone directly or indirectly involved! From creator to consumer profit is meant to be shared not spoiled.

    • Missy says:

      I think alllowing environmentalist to link onto his own work for free is enough, he already said he didn't set out to make a diffrence that he would leave that to the activist. Shooting with 3-D camera's and now that almost every movie made is all digital is absolutly a step in the right direction. There is no physical waste left behind, and concidering that the energy actually used to run these camera's is less than that used on film (not to mention direct downloading to studios versus cost of fuel for shipping and packaging).. In the end, his movie did send out the "be aware" message and it is after that our job to make a change in our own lives. Despite what politicians do, or what big corporations do in the end we can really only depend on ourselves to make that change, there are more of us than them anyhow.

    • Tony says:

      This is a point that should not be ignored. It is not altruistic to state that there is a need for everyone in the world to understand that we are all in the same boat…Most of us are in the gallows, starving and in the dark on almost all things. The ones on the deck that have the "fresh air" status are only slightly better, regardless, they still will do anything and everything to preserve that, but even so, one way or another they row the boat and are whipped constantly. Only a handfull do indeed stand on the top with the spyglass and these aim the vessel towrards where they wish it to go. The current world economic problem is part of the direction. It is time for the captains to leave…The boat is a nightmare.
      Hollywood, the great propaganda machine of USA, holds one of the keys for changing the awhereness of people upon this planet…afterall, propaganda is a tool, no more and no less. The immersive experience has its value, alas, what cost? At the cost of the many that are on the lower decks starving?How much meterealistic crap must we surround ourselves with?

  4. Mitch says:

    What a bloviating idiot. He's too good to read science fiction? Avatar was a crufty pastiche of the works of his betters, minus the pacing and humor.

  5. GFTSR!! says:

    JAMES CAMERON really is appearing to be more and more "THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE" of our age . . . (seeing JAMES CAMERON evolve into the EXPLORER hw is becoming is BREATHTAKINGLY delightful.
    ARTHUR C. CLARKE (when you read both 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY AND "THE LOST WORLDS OF 2001") treated SPACE EXPLORATION and OCEANOGRAPHY with the same EXCITEMENT and ENTHUSIASM.
    "The Ocean Floor" and "Sidereal Space" are both ULTIMATE "undiscovered countries" of Humankind. <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/member/gordonfranklinterry…” target=”_blank”>www.rottentomatoes.com/member/gordonfranklinterry…
    (Now CELEBRATING THIRTY-NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY-FIVE VISITORS WORLDWIDE!!!!!) I may not be the "pop Icon" here in America, but close to 40,000 people from various countries have "been-by" to visit my slide presentations; I Thank You All Very Much for visiting.) <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/member/gordonfranklinterry…” target=”_blank”>www.rottentomatoes.com/member/gordonfranklinterry…
    maybe 80% of the AVATAR'S (no frills dvd release can go to EARTHDAY)–because releasing a "worthless" 2-D edition of AVATAR is going to "fool" a lot of consumers into WASTING MONEY when they buy the 2-D AVATAR and then will have to buy an anaglyph 3-D Avatar DVD in November .

  6. Mike says:

    Yeay, we get to be preached too about the oceans next (again most likely with awsumn special effects). Whooot :D
    Sooooo what did ever happen to entertainment that didn't have a heavy-handed messages attached to it?? (wink)

  7. gtj says:

    Avatar sucked. It was the same story as every other movie: guy has to kill species, guy come to appreciate species, guy falls in love with someone in the species. Oh, wow, wait, what? Special effects? Doesn't make it a good movie. Plain and simple. Everyone just fell in line and said, "WOW, Cameron made a movie! Hmmm. It's the same plot as every other movie, but it looks cooler. I shall now like this movie. Hooray!" Baaaa… Baaaa. Baaaaa. Get over it.

    • Nick says:

      You're an idiot with no soul. Dances with Wolves was a great epic movie and no one after it even came close to "copying" it's storyline! Just because James decided to make his story similar, probably because Dances with Wolves or Pocahontas spoke to him on a deep emotional level, doesn't mean it's common, insignificant and crap like the dark knight. The plot of every other movie you like: is weaving around "rescue the damsel, kill the bad guy, save the world" with now deep meaning to it just mindless violence. Give me something that you think is wrong with Avatar and I will show you that it is more epic that LOTR. And no, special effects don't mek it a good movie, they make it a better movie.

    • skwiggle says:

      No need to be quite so harsh. As a film, yes, it kinda sucked. Storyline's been done before, nothing really special there. But a lot of what made this film was the scenery. Finally, we had a film that didn't use 3D to just throw everything in our faces in a way that 2D films can't. The CGI was the most up-to-date graphics going, and the whole visual experience blew me away. I watched Avatar not for the story, but for the spectacle, simply because it looks so much more realistic than all other CGI films anywhere.

    • Jake says:

      Avatar was fantastic, and the visuals are awesome – imagine if a world existed like that out in space somewhere – woaw!!!

    • ctc says:

      doesn't sound like any other movie i remember watching. Some people just love to hate I guess

    • Pauline says:

      Are you serious what is your problem I think the green eyed monster has spoken. OK it is basically all you said but pretty much most pictures are , remember "Once upon a time long long ago" yeah well get over it mate. Respect the time and energy put into this film not only Mr Cameron but all the special effect ppl too and everyone in between. loooovvvved this movie and can't wait for all the rest.
      " POWER TO AVATAR" OXOXOXOXO {{{BIGHUG}}}}} TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE IT TOO !!!!!!!!

    • MMM says:

      Isn't JTG that washed up WWE Wrestler?

  8. Damien Thorn says:

    you suck gtj

    • ScarletInk314 says:

      i couldn't agree more. i wonder what gtj's doing here, reading and commenting about this article when he so blatantly hates everything about the subject.

    • Pmg says:

      I totally agree with Damien. Guess gtj probably likes low budget movies with no plot or adventure. This is probably the kind of person he is.

  9. SOMEONE says:

    Wow if he thinks Avatar is better than 2001 then he is mistaken.
    Also if he thinks his movies are environmental he is also sorely mistaken. If he wanted to be green he would make public speeches by cycling around the country and talking to people.
    Avatar required possibly billions of computing hours to render and every hour takes a massive amount of energy to make. Not to mention the carbon footprint of a movie is off the walls if you go from start to finish. If he wanted to be green he would take all of Avatar's earnings and invest it into green energy not 3D camera companies to make more billions for non-green message movies.
    It plain and simple he is a failure at writing and panders off green washing his movies like a typical marketer. All he is really good at is tricking the masses into giving him billions of capital to do whatever he pleases.

    • NMJ says:

      Just because he isn't making "public speeches by cycling around the country and talking to people", doesn't meen that he isn't going green. In fact, if you wantd to go green, wouldn't you start with yourself, before starting with the world. Don't forget that the carbon footprint was greatly reduced by the fact that the movie was digital, so they could send it via email, not only saving money, but also reducing greatly fuel consumption and reducing his carbon footprint. Also, the cameras were more energy effeicent. And how do you know the energy used for all of the computers was produced using energy effiecent means?
      Seems like SOMEONE has a grudge against James Cameron!

  10. Brett says:

    Comparing James Cameron to Arthur C. Clarke is a little like comparing a Hershey's chocolate kiss to a steak dinner. Sure, the candy's sweet and tasty, but it's gone in a flash and there's nothing terribly satisfying about it, while a steak dinner is satisfying, fills you up and can even be nutritious.
    Cameron's got a terrific sense of what's visually stunning, and he embraces just enough "newage" (rhymes with "sewage") to make his maudlin and overwrought "Avatar" storyline appealing to the "save the Earth" folks out there, the Ed Begley, Jr.'s and Al Gore's of the world.
    If someone with Cameron's technical know-how got together with someone who was really creative when it comes to storytelling and character development, then you might possibly just have one of the greatest movies of all time. And not just one that made the most money because its ticket prices were jacked up for 3D theaters.

  11. Clyde says:

    A well conducted interview, and some very good insight from James Cameron.
    A movie when well-done and having a subtle but thought provoking underlying message is a great way to galvanize us towards getting our act together. There is no doubt that in hind-sight after leaving a Cinema from a viewing of Avatar, the sense of immersion that the powerful visuals combined with 3D and the story’ message, impresses on our minds how it’s sad to destroy life and a beautiful planet… simply because we can.
    This article looks at how a movie such as Avatar, along with it’s “digital assets” could go a long way and help educate the younger generation in saving our planet – Earth. http://bit.ly/dr839z

  12. Larrabee says:

    I can't believe the whiners who continuously complain about Cameron. I hear what he says and I sense 1) Competence 2) Opinion and 3) Pride
    There is nothing wrong with 1) and 2), although people with opinions seem to be villainous. I like people with opinions, particularly if they have some credibility. He's made excellent movies, and has sold more tickets than probably any other director. He's credible.
    Now Pride… A lot of people confuse it with arrogance, but I only get a little of that from him. Far less than almost any rapper or model or rock star.
    And if he has a little excess pride, well, I support that. He's made d*mn good movies and has proven to be one of the most successful directors ever.
    So drop this shock because he comes across strong with opinions.

    • beth says:

      Well said.

    • Carly says:

      if others feel they are so good at making perfect movies in the perfect way with the perfect morals, i would LOVE to see them try. I just don't understand why people get so dramatic. I liked the movie. I wish Pandora was a real place. And I think Cameron's movie was creative. Even if similar plots have been used, he made a marvelously entertaining and beautiful adaptation of them. Don't be so jealous and hateful of his success and oppinions people. Just relax and understand some people liked the movie and others didn't.

  13. BF says:

    Fool me once Shame on you.. Fool me twice shame on me…
    If I wanted to see far left political spin I will just stay home and hope CNN starts broadcasting in 3D.

  14. system1988 says:

    MikeVee, just wait for the Bioshock movies are released, you will be satysfied with that "under the sea" bussiness, i can guarantee you that ;)

  15. lisette rodriguez says:

    oh wow, another boring sequel, i fell asleep during the first one, wasn't even an ok movie, the first 10 minutes of UP are better than the whole avatar 1, 2 and 3.

  16. msmliltank says:

    Out of true honesty i will say, avatar is one of the best movies i have seen in a long time and i look forward to the sequal.

  17. Bigbee says:

    I agree with both "Ian" and "Damien Thorn"'s posts. You guys should further elaborate and blog an article on this issue. If Cameron was sooo environmentally conscious he would contribute a portion of his profits (which would be a relatively huge amount given the sales) to environmental causes.
    Furthermore, J. Cameron knows Avatar will push the market for 3D TVs, further driving the "needs" of consumerism (everyone has to have 3D tvs now), wasting resources and contributing to carbon footprint. Yeah…real environmentally conscious of you Cameron……/sarcasm

    • NMJ says:

      Do not forget that he let environmental groups link to AVATAR for FREE.

    • factsnpossibilities says:

      Enough of your sarcasm… Can't you even see the good side of it? A person is not just making a movie just because he wants to earn money, but he wants to make a movie that encourages people to change and that is way more than giving contributions. Well lets say JC gives this portion to environmental groups, if thats the case would you think 2-3 countries could benefit out of it? Cmon' Lets face the facts that if you wanna let the whole world hear what you wanna say, one good way is MEDIA. and JC is doing it the best way he can. He is reaching people hearts through his movies…

    • Mart says:

      As far as I know, james Cameron is using the money that was made from Avatar to raise awareness about indigenous peoples and their fight for their native lands. And I highly doubt that he was thinking about people buying 3D TV's when he was filming the movie. He has said many times that the subject matter of the movie was close to his heart and that is the reason why he made the film, not because of how much money he was going to make or even because of the sudden popularity of 3D.

  18. Trey says:

    Once again, commenters on the Internet prove to me how dumb people are.
    All you anti-Cameron, hate-filled agenda spewing, close-minded neanderthalian cretins: Get out of my Internet so I don't have to read your inane, uninformed comments.

  19. ctd says:

    Avatar was a great telling of an old plotline – and old well-worn plotlines are such because they're popular. I thought it was full of win, esp. the 3D and fantastic detail. I look forward to sequels.
    To Silas' comment, I may differ on many points but do agree with the core: if we are to be preached at about "sustainability", then the preachers (in this case, filmmakers) should demonstrate their ability to do so _before_ insisting others of lesser means comply.

  20. Scott says:

    What concerns me is that the follow-up has to be made more quickly, and for less money. In other words, shed some of the labor force, even though the movie made a hefty profit, just like Iron Man 2. Gotta make more money, gotta make more money, gotta make more money….

    • stephen says:

      i agree, i'd rather them NOT make another film if they are going to rush it!

      However, with reference to what Cameron said on improving the process as he made the first film, maybe he doesn't need such a large workforce/budget/amount of time this time around… Hopefully!

  21. Vegan Engineer says:

    Every once in a while a movie comes along that changes the industry and redefines entertainment: 2001 A Space Odessy, Star Wars, Terminator 2, The Matrix, and now Avatar. Not only does the magnificent eye-candy raise the bar at least 10x for the next round of visual effects films, it also does a nice job of communicating environmentalism (without "preaching"!). This is the kind of film that 2 1/2 hours into it I find myself hoping it's not going to end within the next 5-10 minutes. (I really hated how Lord of the Rings "ends" the first movie at the "beginning" of a climactic battle.) Thank you, James Cameron, for another fantastic film.

  22. W says:

    I loved Avatar, but how ridiculous is it that he's talking about how great Avatar is doing on the environmental front while at the same time putting images of his film on McDonald's cups, fry boxes, and all of the cheap plastic toys that get thrown away in a matter of weeks. This is just one part of the merchandising and whatnot.
    I'm not an eco-ranger or anything. I don't recycle. I leave lights on sometimes when they don't need to be. I've been on the computer an hour or so and my tv in the other room is still on. I just am not a fan of people that say one thing while doing another.

  23. eber hart says:

    The long rich, decades stale Cameron pitching more
    screensaver spirituality cover for Hollywood's 'fave'
    mass market paradise -otherwise known as history's
    –MOST– awesomely genocidal regime —ACROSS the Pacific.
    NOT pewking yet? Consider this —the 60th Anniversary of the urgently relevant KOREAN WAR was once again 'mysteriously overlooked' by one and all
    -even as people continue to suffer and die by –the –million!
    SO worship your screensavers –while avoiding taking in
    the snuff film —that's unfolding FOR REAL…

  24. John Smith says:

    I have to remind one of the previous posters that environment and healthy food are not the same thing… by far.

  25. I read on IMDB that Avatar 2 will be on 2014. ;)

  26. emyr says:

    enjoyed avatar so much watched it 18 times in 5 days, the acting and the performance was very enthusastically entertaining, from zoe and sam and the rest of the cast and crew, and especially to jim cameron, the man is a god amongst directors, inspired by his work, his imagination is fantastic, cant wait for avatar 2, if its as good or better than the first 1, then we are all in for a treat, thank god for the film world, and the directors who create magic, the crew who help make it come to life, and the actors for making it believable.
    done some stage work myself, its nerve shattering, anxiety strikes until you set foot on stage and then its another world, what an experience.
    roll on avatar 2

  27. Jonathan N says:

    Sorry James. I love your movie. Saw it 6 or 7 times in the theatre. And read the screenplay. If you were to put what was in the screenplay on the big screen; oh heck yah. That is at least another 20-30 minutes of film right there with several major changes that impact the entire film. But 6 minutes? Tell your overlords at Fox to back off. Round 2 of the first movie is not needed. Don't turn into Lucas on us.
    As for the people who think he is obsessing with money. Sorry but if you made a movie and it made that kind of bank you would be proud of your baby too.

  28. Rebecca Lucinda says:

    I just got done watching Avatar and i loved it!!! I'm really hoping for a squeal!!! I will be the first in line to get it!!!

  29. Olle says:

    I agree with Larrabee & Clydes post's, I for one think AVATAR was THE or at least among the best movies I've had the pleasure of watching [both at the the cinemas in 3D & now at home with blue-ray]
    Anyway I suppose some people cant stand that some people [like James Cameron] are very successful at what they are doing,[just my blunt & honest opinion.] I can only hope the next part of this trillogy will be as visually stunning, [or more] than the first. I respect his work and I'd say he's earned his "pride" many times over.
    Keep up the good work James Cameron _/m/

  30. Kula says:

    James Cameron should be nominated for Nobel Price for Peace and Science. He has achieved and will be able to achieve more than any politicians have done in the past.

  31. TBEXS says:

    Most of you guys here are being way too closed minded. Sure James Cameron may be far left and a crazy environmentalist but he still has an opinion. I myself am a conservative ( and i really dislike far lefts lol) and I am quite neutral to the environment business going on but i respect JC who was merely trying to get his opinion across and his arguments were not far out. He also didn't have a bad storyline, in essence, his movie was not just special effects. He had a story line showing us that we can't just stand and watch as others do our work for us we have to stand up and make our opinion known. The main character displayed this motive perfectly and I respect James Cameron's efforts to tell us that. I believe that Avatar was an amazing movie even though I don't really agree with their opinions and I look forward to the sequel. I also believe it should have beat the hurt locker for the oscar but thats just me lol.

  32. huh says:

    Avatar spelled backwards is Ratava….fyi…

  33. LucasFedrick says:

    Avatar was undoubtibly the best movie I've ever seen. period. It's environments and creatures were from an imagination that trumps all others that I know of. I had to watch it several times just because my mind was not capable of soaking it all in one view. I also want to thank James Cameron cuz he changed my attitude towards life of others and, my own. I saw many things in Avatar, sort of messages. People can agree with me or not, I don't care, but I want this to be known. Avatar encourages people tolive a healthy lifestyle; not one person in the theaters saw a single obese Na'vi. They all treated life with importance, from the constant running to the drinking water and the eating right(in a deleted scene, Jake Sully, after a while, tries to eat a burrito but is disgusted with it;Na'vi consider it food for larvae). I've found the inspiration from those few things that I've, since than, given up all sweet, fried, and fast foods, and I drink, besides a glass of milk in the morning, nothing but water(150 oz a day), and I can run 6 miles now. I have been living this healthier life since Dec. 25, 2009. Since than I've went from being 20% bodyfat to 4%. I have lost 60lbs of deadweight that had been hangin there for years. I feel stronger and lighter everyday. Now @TBEXS, I don't see why people have to be divided b/w left and right. All I ever hear about is left this, right that; why can't people see the problems we face, such as environmental issues like the Gulf Coast oil spill, and work together to fix it. When I see the environmental message Avatar tells, I don't consider it a leftist hippie liberal characteristic, but a call, a challenge to me to fix problems we face.

  34. Andrew Kamrowski says:

    'The Abyss' is a great visionary filmmaking, ahead of it's time, with an incredible science-fiction world, science and love story elements all mixed together.

  35. Hannah says:

    Wow, do none of you know what a meme is?
    It's the idea behind the movie that is the thing we should be focusing on. At this point i think a blockbuster hit will reach more people and make them think and empathize with the world around them more than "cycling around and giving speeches", people have been doing that for years, and sorry, but i don't see anything like that actually getting through to people. so hey, if in the end, JC's billion dollar film makes people wake up and smell a burning forest then maybe, just maybe, it was worth it.

  36. Jake says:

    So does anyone know when the sequel will come out?

  37. Raymond says:

    Watch him rip off the little mermaid this time =P

  38. neverfull says:

    This is my first visit here, but I will be back soon, because I really like the way you are writing, it is so simple and honest

  39. Carlos Carranza says:

    First time here to.- When I first saw the movie poster for this film I didn’t register it that it was going to be a good film. I thought it was going to be like some type of cartoon movie. That was until I saw the Trailer for it. Once I saw that I was like "That’s going to be a awesome movie!!!" Saw it twice in the movies then bought it when it was released. At the same time I love astronomy- I hope Cameron brings that more out in his sequels. If not, that’s fine I'll still watch them. What was funny when I woke up the next day after I saw it I felt like everything that I new was Earth was not Earth. Like there was something missing here from our planet. James Cameron really brought out the possibility that somewhere out there in the universe let alone our own galaxy that there might be such a place like Pandora. Not exactly, but something like it. And considering on how big the universe is, I believe that there is other life out there that we haven’t detected yet. Weather it be microbial life or intelligent life. You know what would be ironic, when the sun starts to gradually heat up billions of years from now the Moon Titan orbiting Saturn might be the next best place after Mars to live in the solar system and we terraforme Titan to be earth-like and in the process we become the "Navi". Keep up the good work James Cameron, can't wait to see the sequals.

  40. Alastair says:

    I went to see Avatar twice, not because I thought it a good movie but because I couldn’t work out what was missing or why didn’t I enjoy it more? The second time I realised, oh it needs character development. Get past the special effects, the 3D imagery and you still have a plot of sorts, the underdog, an age old theme of a primitive society fighting a technologically advanced one. All that is good and well, but there was no character development. The Marine sergeant was a cut out template of something out of Platoon, Full Metal Jacket etc. We’ve seen those stereotypes before and who could blame the hero for wanting to escape? The villain was just too nasty, similar to the villain in Titanic who wastes valuable time trying to shoot his ex fiance, like why? The ship is going down and you’re firing at your love rival? This marine sergeant was ludicrous.
    Then we have the hero who can’t walk, the can’t walk thing is a poor attempt to give him weaknesses. Far better would have had him with inner character flaws, perhaps an obsession with new technology, a desire to make a better world, but having no legs? That doesn’t work. In other words his weaknesses or character flaws were cliched, we’ve seen them all before. We’re naturally going to have sympathy for the guy who can’t walk, it’s a human reaction to a disabling condition and it distracts you from the obvious, that this guy doesn’t develop or move forward.
    Similarly Weaver’s character, another cliche character, she could have been much stronger, a possible love rival for Zoe Saldana’s character.
    In short a lot of money was put into special effects and creating a world and not enough into story development. It’s a common flaw with writers and I stand guilty of that charge, of falling in love with your own world and expecting others to fall in love with it as well. And while it’s important to create a fantastic world, don’t forget the basics of storytelling. Give your characters valid choices. Why should the hero desert his own kind and fight against humanity? Force him to make a complex ethical or moral decision, give them real obstacles not just physical danger.
    And this material unobtanium, we know it’s an energy source but what does it power and why are our bad guys trying so hard to get it? What has happened on Earth to drive them all the way out here?
    It was an okay movie in summary but there was far more that could have been done in the name of character development to make it a great movie. I can see why it didn’t get Best Picture, it didn’t deserve it. Let’s hope he pays a little more attention to character development and back story.

  41. Carla Van Blake says:

    I don't care what the haters say; Avatar was a great movie. It was creative, visually delightful, had a message and a purpose. It also had phenomenal special effects, great action, romance, valor and a beautiful story. Cameron did a great job on that film and he is due some respect for that. It was a huge challenge and if you can belittle him or his product, then you are simply ignorant in regards to the amount of effort, technology and creative genius it actually took to pull it off. If you didn't like it then just stay home next time and let billions of fans world wide who loved Avatar, enjoy the much anticipated sequel when it comes out. The facts speak for themselves; it was still selling out when it was removed from the theatres to make room for other 3D films. Only a fool would argue with reality.

  42. kaitlyn says:

    thank you james cameron

  43. Striker122 says:

    Wow! This crappy film is getting a sequel?

  44. Hewho Hazzalife says:

    Ohh the evil imperialists are coming… ehh… Grow the fudge up! Avatar was a good movie. But, James Cameron does not meet the criteria for an environmental expert as he is being heralded. "Oh I wish I lived on Pandora," I wish you lived there too. Maybe then we could get you brainwashed suckers off this planet and finally the world of the free market would be able to advance and create the technologies that would transform the real world into something worth admiring. So while the rest of you tree-hugging goons of Al Gore get a clue I'm going to go rejoin the real world and do something that matters. And why is it no one mentions the musical score in the film. That was something worth paying for. But if I want to be lectured on the evil nature of the capitolist system and how the military are a bunch of Rambo reject mercs I'll watch Chris Matthews! Thanks but no thanks!

  45. Patrycia says:

    I just love James Cameron's movies. Love the fact that Avatar has a big " heavy-handed message attached to it"
    Love the fact that James Horner did the music of Avatar.
    Love the fact that it's just like Ferngully only for adults as well as children.
    I think James Cameron has a lot more to bring. Can not wait to see more.
    Thank you for that wonderful movie!

  46. mjshroomer says:

    Is there going to be a Avatar 3-D DVD that is not in blue-ray? or even an Avatar DVD not in Blue-Ray with all the extra footage Cameron put in the blue-ray edition?

    Not everyone can afford a blue ray player or the expensive cost of the blue ray device?

    We all are not rich or capable of earning 2 billion dollars for our ideas or labours.,

    mjshroomer (John W, Allen) a 70-year-old graphic psychedelic sci-fi and fractal artist with images at http://www.mushroomjohn.org/truecolors.htm

    Hope that is allowed. I do not sell my work but my images are free for anyone to use for anything as long as I am credited.

    I love Avatar and think it is the greatest film ever made.

    have a beatiful time enjoying what James Cameron treated us all to view.

  47. Nick says:

    James Cameron, you have a brilliant mind only slightly surpassed by Yanni, maybe Leonardo DaVinci. You are my hero and if you wanted to send an environmental message you did a good damn job with the felling of Hometree.

  48. Ann says:

    Ihope there will be an Avtar 2 sooner than 2014

  49. s dezzy says:

    well i like the movie alot

  50. tiger tim says:

    STILL MORE franchise slum techno-YOU genocide, RED China halocaust
    'friendly' soft-sell from the decades stale James Cameron.

  51. anonymous NOW says:

    BTW —-as it comes to light that the UN WHO has 'accidentally' infected
    some 2 BILLION worldwide with devastating,ultra-contagious Hepatitus B
    via Bill Gates style 'stealth' YOU-genocide vaccines —-we hope the buzz
    that there's VAST dissent even under teh surface of PC RED China franchise
    slum enabling Hollywood are TRUE.

    ESP. on this, the AGAIN 'mysterously overlooked' 60th Anniversary of the
    awesomely relevant KOREAN WAR…

  52. Robert Newman says:

    Cameron is not a gifted writer of science fiction, but he is not without talent. He does not stack up against the sci-fi and fantasy giants like Clarke, Heinlein, Herbert, Norton, Asimov, Anderson and Zelazny. What he does bring to the table is the ability to visualize fantasy worlds in a way that is new and refreshing. I for one would like to see more of Pandora's forests and other scapes (the ocean would not be my first interest). Before we chuck out Jake, Neytiri and the rest of the Na'vi, why don't we revisit them as a springboard to exploring the rest of Pandora.

  53. ballpointbanana says:

    I want one of those huge knives from the movie. They have the best looking weapons in Avatar. The soldiers and the blues guys alike.

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  55. Kelsey says:

    I hope the avatar 2 won't jsut be like a few minute add-on to the first one. I know if thats the case I'm not buying the DvD again just to watch 6 mins more.

  56. Haeris says:

    I love you James Cameron! I'm a fan! I own all the movies you made, and I got the special edition of Avatar! I freakin' worship you man! Your the best, your just the best!

  57. Becy says:

    Avatar is a wonderful film – and I fear like many other wonderful films, its credit will become more worthless with an unnecessary sequel. I don't understand how they could make a sequel – the amazement has already been done. I also don't like the idea of ocean, as like MikeVee said, ocean scenes tend to be boring. I think it's a shame that they feel they need to make this movie 'better' with a sequel. Its already amazingly spectacular as it is.

  58. Kaitlin says:

    I loved the world of Avatar and the many animals and plants that help make it so great. Regardless of message, directors or any other such hooha, the simple joy of watching ikran fly around is what probably amazed countless people, not 'ooh look a James Cameron movie it must be great'. However the plot may be simple, some of the concepts were very interesting. I hope the sequel surpasses Avatar or at least keeps up the standard.

  59. brandon dennis says:

    i love avatar ever since it came to theaters i whent to see it every weekend. it is sad that pandora may not be real.

  60. Ugi says:

    I never follow directors nor their careers , and i don't stick by the dogma that a director who has had an award winning movie , will have the same thing happening for him again. So , when Avatar came out , i didn't even knew that Cameron was the director before reading his name in the credits when i went to watch the movie. Regardless , i don't care even if it was a Tim Burton movie , i never judge it before i see it. And this is what i saw :
    1. Great Story : A lot of people blamed this movie for being too similar to Pokahontas (RDA = Spaniards , Na'vi = Native Americans , The Eywa tree = Grandmother Willow tree. . .) and also for most of the similarities between the life on Pandora and the life on Earth. I agree that the similarities are there , but i still believe it's an original story. Let me explain. First , we all know that everything nowadays is based on achieving wealth and gaining power , and that some (maybe most) people are ready to go to extremes to gain it , so unobtanium (the metal which is 20 million a kilo in the movie and can be found on Pandora) is the only reason needed to subdue the Na'vi and gain control of the planet , and you know that if we found a planet with similar structure as ours we would do anything to go there and explore , study and colonize. Now , considering the similarities between the life on the planets , who knows where life on Earth came from? It could very well be the same place from which life on Pandora arrived and so , it could be very similar to ours (the difference would be caused by a simple matter of adaptation considering the different conditions present).
    2. Graphic Madness! : You've seen the movie i don't have to explain. Having a good storyline is good. Having a good storyline backed up by superb graphics is AWESOME.
    3. Interesting characters : Ok , so the acting was not a perfect ten , but the characters were surprisingly interesting and even more so sympathetic , it was easy to connect to them and feel them (at least for me) and that left little for the actors to do.
    This is the only movie i dare to give a ten to. I know , i may be a drooling little fan-boy , but i look at Avatar as a supreme over Titanic.

  61. Shyloh says:

    I love this man's work. If I knew how I would send him a birthday greeting card assortment that would blow him away! I would hug him and thank him over and over for the amazing work he does! I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way right? http://www.hammond.com/assortment-packs/assortmen

  62. nikki says:

    i would love to see a new avatar, but come on! mostly in the water? what would that have anything to do with what happened in the first one? carry the story on with the same people. what are you going to do with water? have an earth water creature come to pandora and change in to a water creature forever like jake did with the navi? well i dunno but i hope he does better than just doing water

  63. [...] sequel to “Avatar” will dive beneath the oceans of Pandora and perhaps visit neighboring moons as well, but the 2014 film will also be imprinted [...]

  64. Hans Rehder says:

    The movie was magic. The things that made it special that made me watch it several times are embedded in the movie and you need to open more than your eyes to get them. That makes James Cameron special, and I think Hollywood, the US and the world needs someone like him that might… MIGHT… get the millions of bored, mindless and apathetic shits off their arses and actually start thinking. If JC had made a crappy movie with a great message, no-one would be writing these comments. If he’d made a great spectacle of a movie without a message we wouldn’t be commenting now either.

    Bring it on James!!

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  66. judite says:

    have seen the film , and I think its magnificent, it gives you so many lessons about life, and everything, that life in any kind of form represents. Humans are beings that don't respect nothing, not even themselves. Off course the film has a message that unfortunately will fall in blind eyes and hears.
    The question is simple. Are humans natural inhabitants of EARTH… Are they????

  67. Andrea says:

    Sad that I hadnt heard of this til TWO weeks ago or something close to that! I hope the sequel will be as good as its cracked up to be since a lot of consecutive movies cant par up with their first. Then there are those that get redundant in my opinion, like Legally Blond, Saw and Final Destination (no offense to those movie lovers!). If this sequel doesn't come out at least half as good as the first one, I can see many people being sorely disappointed.

    None the less, I am quite sure this will be a good film. The cast works well together and the script, setting, plot, and directors are great.

  68. adam says:

    right,im still young ok ive seen alot of movies horror sci fi action ect all genres. ok i thought avatar was possibly the BEST film ive ever cared to see that along with alien and clash of the titans and terminator, it had a good mix of action and romance and best of all it was very based towards the story not all action but story, in most films i see its just endless fighting with spec effects now that bores me i like story and this gave me great story and yeh yeh its been used before but its great acting was amazing so common cameron make the sequel to be amazing

  69. Spencer Arrowood says:

    My humble opinion is that Avatar is by far the most entertaining and unusual movie I've ever seen! Spectacular scenery with wonderful actors! We go to movies to be entertained and Avatar is by far the best.

  70. Savannah says:

    James Cameron said in an interview that there might be an Avatar 2 and 3. I hope they turn out as amazing as the first one did. They better have the same actors in it as well. I'm guessing the plot will be about Jake's military and family life. What happens to the humans on pandora? Thats what I hope to find out!

  71. Edward Morse says:

    In my opinion, the movie Avatar speaks of the indigionous peoples of the earth who have literarlly been driven into extinction due to a capitslistic mind set, by genocide and the monstrous rape of this wonderful earth, all for monitary gain and domination.The hand righting is on the wall. The Monster has been unleashed and will eventually find and destroy it's creator… Mankind !

  72. morgan says:

    R they going to make a avatar 2

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  77. Kathy says:

    Those other folks can say all the negative stuff they want. I LOVED the Avatar movie. And I hope there is a part 2 coming out soon. I can't even imagine how awesome it will be to see what he comes up with for the creatures of the Pandoraian ocean. It's exciting. =)

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