James Cameron on AVATAR 2

Good news for Avatar fans! Even as the film heads into theatres, James Cameron isn’t letting the opportunity for more 3D viewings (or more cash) slip by: a re-release is in the cards with about 10 extra minutes of new footage added in.

But more than that, Cameron recently made official all the talk about Avatar 2. SlashFilm has the news.

The Los Angeles Times has interviewed James Cameron to promote the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Avatar. The interview features a bunch of newsworthy bits, including a confirmation that Avatar will be rereleased theatrically in August with new footage, and that the sequel will focus on the Oceans of Pandora. Check out the highlightes below:

* In March it was rumored that Fox was considering rereleasing Avatar in theaters in Fall 2010, possibly with additional footage. Cameron confirms the rerelease and extra footage: “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.”
* Avatar 2 will take us into the oceans of Pandora: “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. ” … “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.” Sounds good, but the question is, when can we expect to see the films on the big screen?

Cameron also talks about why he doesn’t want to just produce movies, how the enviormental impact of Avatar might change his outlook as a creator, and how he is becoming more fascinated by the reality of the science-fiction world in which we live than the sci-fi we see in television/movies/books.

For collectors, we’ve got some news on a new set of toys that’s just arrived over in our Avatar section. A pair of banshees, new Jake Sully figures, even a pair of awesome viperwolves. Make sure to check ’em out if you’re into the film. And take note: each one comes with a holographic card that, paired with your webcam, brings the Avatar experience to you. It’s a pretty awesome addition to the collection if I do say so myself. Check ’em out here:

Avatar Toys Have Avatars

From Geek Chic!

James Cameron's Avatar Action Figures
We’ve had the Avatar figures for a few months now….and I just got the chance to play with them. The toys themselves are nothing particularly revolutionary. (Unless you’ve long been clamoring for something that looked like a smurf—but lankier.) What’s impressive are the toys i-TAG augmented reality cards.

First, download some software. Then, hold the card up to your computer’s webcam. The software will overlay a 3D digital image of the toy on the web cam footage, as if that toy is hovering on the i-TAG card. Move the card around and the image moves with it. Push buttons on the card and the virtual toy will maneuver or open fire. To get a better idea of what that means, check out the demonstration video below. Sure, it’s not as revolutionary as what you’ll see in theaters, but go ahead and check it out anyway. It’s pretty cool.