Avatar 2, the second part of the planned Avatar trilogy, will be set in the oceans of Pandora. Director James Cameron plans to go under water for the sequel to Avatar, the 3D blockbuster which earned $2.7 billion at the box office.
James Cameron, whose earlier work includes the Academy award-winning Titanic, told LA Times that his focus in Avatar 2 will be on creating a different environment and he will concentrate on the oceans of the fictional planet.
After showcasing groundbreaking 3D technology as the Na’vi flew across Pandora, the 55-year-old director plans to create an equally rich, diverse and imaginative aquatic environment that will lead to an immersive, transportive experience.
Avatar doesn’t stop there – there may be a potential third film as the filmmaker explores the universe beyond Pandora.
We can incorporate more into the Avatar story as we expand across the Alpha Centauri AB system, James Cameron was quoted as saying.
The Golden Globe-winning director will have to cut the costs and time for Avatar 2 ; the first film cost hundreds of dollars and was in production for years.
The challenge, he said, will be to do what the Avatar team did before at half the price and in half the time. It seemed impossible, he said, but it would be an accomplishment even if the team could reduce costs and time by 25 percent.
Avatar will return to theaters in August 2010 with an extra six minutes of footage. Avatar was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 22, 2010, Earth Day – a cause James Cameron espouses.
James Cameron believes that Avatar works on the DVD format because of the storytelling, the characters and the vibrancy of the imagery, adding that people are going to want to own Avatar because they want to relive the experience of being in the alluring world of Pandora.