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James Cameron’s Avatar News Roundup

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As many of you know, James Cameron, the director that brought us the highest grossing film of all time, has a new film coming out this year. Expectations are tremendously high, budgets even higher, and news are scarce.

More in Film Industry | June 18th, 2009

As many of you know, James Cameron, the director that brought us the highest grossing film of all time, has a new film coming out later this year. Expectations are tremendously high, budgets even higher, and news are scarce.


I’ve been going around the web to see what I could find about the film, and the first thing that stands out is the teaser trailer:

Rumor has it that eight trailers have been cut for the film, and all eight have been denied by Cameron. This of course only ups the expectation of excellence. In Terminator 2 he revolutionized CGI, and in Titanic he revolutionized scale. Check out what FilmSchoolRejects had to say:

the film will have a lot of hard-science based elements as Cameron and team build up this richly bio-diverse planet. “What Weta and Cameron have done is create a complete alien ecosystem grounded in hard science,” Explains Market Saw’s source. “If Pandora were real, it would look and feel like what will be represented on screen.”

In case you’re not aware of what the film is about here’s the rundown:

For those not familiar, the film follows the story of a Marine (Sam Worthington) who is brought to the distant planet of Pandora, inhabited by a humanoid race known as the Na’vi. As he attempts to settle the planet as an alternative home for humanity, he gets in too deep with the Na’vi and ultimately crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.

The film is also being made side-by-side with the video game, produced by Ubisoft. In this year’s E3 James Cameron was interviewed and spoke about the game:

Another astounding fact about this film is its budget. Earlier this year Fox officially announced that they gave James Cameron over $200 million for the film. I don’t believe an exact figure is yet known, but if I’m mistaken, please leave a comment.

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One Response to “James Cameron’s Avatar News Roundup”

  1. Tyler says:

    I understand it will revolutionize 3D in the movies and also what CGI can do; evidently, the set was green screen but elements were rendered into the space in real time… An actor moves in front of green and cameras follow very calculated and the monitors show the world around him.