James Cameron to shoot three Avatar sequels at once

Article by Earnest Cavalli at Digital Trends.

Remember a few months back when James Cameron claimed that for the foreseeable future he would only be working on Avatar sequels and the occasionally documentary to satisfy his affection for the deep sea? Apparently that was no joke, as a recent interview with Sigourney Weaver claims that the next three Avatar films are going into production all at once.

Fans of the original Avatar will likely recall a rather major plot point that involved the death of Weaver’s character, so unless there’s some kind of ecologically-friendly alien magic keeping her alive indefinitely how much sense does it make that she should be prominently featured in the next three flicks?

Wait, that’s exactly what it is, huh? Weaver did die in the first movie, but her mind/spirit/connection to Gaea is going to live on eternally as some kind of spiritual advisor. Sorta like Obi Wan, only with more tongue-in-cheek references to that time she punched an Alien Queen right in the telescoping mandible. Granted, we have no insider information to support this idea, but if Weaver’s character isn’t some kind of ethereal forest spirit who offers stern warnings to the human forces that upsetting the balance of nature on Pandora will end in their bloody defeat, we will be stunned. Doubly so if the spirit doesn’t speak with a ton of reverb and isn’t a shade of ethereal green — any more blue would be a bit gauche, no?

Avatar 18 Inch Doll Figure - Jake Sully Avatar Form Hot Toys

AVATAR’s Jake Sully

JAKE SULLY of James Cameron’s epic AVATAR has finally joined the Sideshow line:

Featuring a light-up figure stand, this brand new JAKE SULLY figure is a testament to the skills at the studio and an awesome way to add a little colour to your display shelf. Plus, check out this awesome list of features!

* Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Jake Sully in the movie AVATAR in the Pandora scene
* Realistic 1:6 scale, standing approx. 18 inches / 45 cm tall
* Over 30 points of articulations
* Highly detailed head, body sculpture and painting in Na’vi Avatar skin color and patterns
* Wig with strings of beads
* Movable tail
* Four (4) pieces of interchangeable palms including:
* One (1) pair of relaxed palms
* One (1) right palm for holding gun
* One (1) right palm for holding knife
* One (1) brown sash
* One (1) green loincloth with strings of beads
* One (1) right forearm gauntlet
* One (1) pair of leg armors
* One (1) long gun
* Six (6) grenades with harness
* One (1) knife with sheath and harness
* One (1) piece of feathered hair accessory
* One (1) visor
* One (1) headset and one (1) mic on throat
* One (1) choker
* One (1) pair of arm bands
* One (1) pair of feathered arm bands
* Light-up figure stage imitating the Pandora scene with transparent pillar

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:

L.A.R.P – Live Avatar Role Play (LARP)

Portrait of The Na’vi People of Hometree Wisconsin.

Below is a quick checklist of what has been released by Mattel toys.

Avatar Action Figure Checklist:

3.75-Inch RDA Human Characters
Jake Sully
Jake Sully (Earth)
Dr. Augustine
Norm Spellman
Trudy Chacon
Colonel Miles Quaritch
Corporal Lyle Wainfleet
Private Sean Fike
Private Fike (Bio Mask)
Parker Selfridge

4.25 Inch NA’VI Figures
Avatar Jake Sully RDA (Tan Suit)
Avatar Jake Sully (Loincloth)
Avatar Jake Sully (Warrior)
Avatar Jake Sully (w/Bio Lume)
Avatar Grace
Avatar Norm
Avatar Norm (W/Bio Lume)
Eytukan
Eytukan (w/Bio Lume)
Neytiri
Neytiri (w/Bio Lume)
Tsu’Tey
Tsu’Tey (War Paint)
Awkey

Exclusive Figures
4.25″ Tsu’Tey with Bio-Lume (Wii Game)

7″ Movie Masters
Colonel Miles Quaritch
Neytiri
Avatar Jake Sully
Avatar Jake Sully (Warrior)

Exclusive Figures
Jake Sully RDA with backpack (PS3 and Xbox 360)

Creatures
Thanator
Jake’s Banshee
Tsu’Tey’s Bansgee
Lenopteryx
Dire Horse
Dire Horse (W/Bio Lume)
ViperWolf

Vehicles
RDA Gunship
RDA Grinder
RDA Suit
AMP Suit Utility

Avatar Action Figures

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.

James Cameron, fan get in argument over ‘Avatar’ autograph

james cameronJames Cameron and one of his fans weren’t exactly full of holiday cheer on Wednesday night; rather, they chose to fling a few choice words at each other after a dispute over an autograph.

Here’s pretty much what happened: a fan approached the Oscar-winning director at LAX in hopes of getting his “Avatar” poster autographed; when Cameron turned it down, saying “he didn’t owe” the fan a signature, that’s where the fan goes ballistic. He accuses the director of not caring about his fans, and then goes on a tirade talking about how he paid $15 to see “Avatar” and can’t even get a signature in return.

Of course, there’s a chance that this guy was making the entire story up to sell the poster online; either way, should a director be obligated to sign the poster for a “fan?” Check out the video here (with a warning for language) and let me know what you think!

Buy James Cameron’s Avatar Action Figures at Cmdstore.com:

avatar action figures

AVATAR Sequel Possible?

We’ve already talked about the sheer scale of the mondo-hit movie Avatar, and naturally mentioned the line ot action figures that accompanies any fantasy film with this kind of success. But like every movie these days, it sounds like might be in for a second installment–and definitely not in the decades it took Cameron to conceive of and create the first one!

The GK Men blog has the story…

The popcorn has yet to be swept from the theatre isles for James Cameron’s winter blockbuster Avatar and already the director is announcing plans for sequels.

Cameron, known for his big budget franchises which include Alien and The Terminator, has told MTV he has plans for not one but two sequels for his new blue heroes.

The director, who was also responsible for the epic Titanic movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett, told the broadcaster that sequels were always part of the plan when he set about creating his hi-tech masterpiece.

“I have a trilogy-scaled arc of story right now, but I haven’t really put any serious work into writing a script,” he said.

However, the subsequent on screen adventures will hit screens sooner than the first part of the franchise as the technology is now already in place, Cameron explained.

“My next goal is to refine the technique, make it easier so it doesn’t take as long,” he added

“We were doing a lot of pioneering work on ‘Avatar.’ It wouldn’t have taken as long if we already knew exactly how to do it.”