Posts Tagged ‘James Cameron’

Avatar sequels are confirmed

October 28, 2010 1 comment

If you loved Avatar so much that you painted yourself blue and started trying to plug into plants and animals, then you’d better sit down and start breathing into a paper bag. James Cameron has finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox for two sequels to last years Avatar.

The projects are currently right up there on Cameron’s to do list, and he’s telling folk that they’ll be his next projects. The first sequel, currently titled “Avatar 2” is aiming for a December 2014 release and the third, surprisingly named “Avatar 3”, for a December 2015 release. They will be produced by Cameron and his partner Jon Landau for Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Cameron will begin working on the scripts early in 2011 and wants to begin the pre-production later in 2011. The decision on whether he will shoot the sequels back-to-back will be made when he finishes writing the films.

“Avatar” star Sigourney Weaver recently opened up about what she’d like to see in the sequels, whether or not she makes it back. “I think that the challenges to Pandora will continue,” she said. “I do think that humans will be back. I also think that maybe we’ll get more of a chance to live a Na’vi life. I think we want to be in that world… and I know that Jim will do everything he can to satisfy us and take it to even more parts of Pandora that we don’t even know exist yet.”


Avatar – king of the world

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment

So, it’s official, Avatar is now the highest grossing film of all time, taking just 6 weeks to beat Titanics previous mark of $1,843 billion (Avatar currently sits at around $2 billion). 

When it comes to the US box office Titanic is till number 1, but only by about $5 million. And seeing as Avatar took over $30 million this last weekend, it’ll be a matter of days before it takes the number 1 spot in US box office history as well. Big up to James Cameron.

But before we all get too excited we need to remember that the majority of box office listings do not take inflation into account. So, if you want to impress people at your next cocktail partner you can drop in the fact that Gone with the Wind, released in 1939, generated around $400 million at the box office, which equates to about $3 billion in today’s terms (making it the highest grossing film of all time… when adjusting for inflation). Using the same rationale for the US Box Office stats, Avatar is only the 21st highest earner.

Avatar – the trilogy

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

That’s right, a trilogy. James Cameron was recently quoted as saying, “I feel like I have to make a second one now, but that’ll only happen if we make some money with the first one. I have a story worked out for the second film and the third film, but my lips are sealed.” Avatar has already become the second highest grossing film of all time, so I guess the question is – does that constitute having made ‘some money’? Me thinks so.

Cameron also went on to say that now that the CGI technology has been perfected they can realistically produce a new film in as little as 10 months. What that means is that we could see an Avatar sequel as early as next year! I’ll keep you up to date on this one.

DGA Award Nominations shed some light on Oscar Contenders

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The Directors Guild of America have named their five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, which they claim is “one of the industry’s most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award,” with only six directors in the history of the award not going on to win the top prize. This may be something to pay attention to.

The DGA has announced that Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), James Cameron (Avatar), Lee Daniels (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), and Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) are the candidates in line for the award, which will be presented on January 30th.

Avatar the 2nd highest grossing film ever!

January 8, 2010 1 comment

Avatar continues it’s dominance of the American box office with a third straight week at number one. And not only is it climbing the domestic American charts, but Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Avatar is now the number 2 movie in history, having passed The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King at the worldwide box office.

Now, of course, there’s only one record left standing – James Cameron’s own Titanic. There’s no telling whether or not Avatar can beat Titanic‘s record $1.8 billion worldwide gross, but considering that all estimates about this movie’s success have been too low, it’s certainly a possibility. Epic.

Avatar – A Review

December 23, 2009 3 comments

I first started following the news on Avatar about 6 months ago, as it went into post-production. At that time critics were touting it to be the film of the year. Most agreed that it would revolutionise the use of CGI in film. While others said it could be the film of the decade. The first reviews from the premier, on the 10th of December, said that initial thoughts had been right… this was a must see film. But in the last week or so I’ve come across some articles that have levelled some pretty harsh criticism.

So what is my verdict? Well, if I could sum up Avatar in one word it would simply be… Epic. James Cameron has once again revealed himself as a master of his art, and perhaps one of the most visionary directors of our time. Reading his thoughts and watching interviews with him makes one realise the depth of thought that goes into his productions. Above all, he is a story teller, with a keen insight into what resonates with audiences.

Avatar itself is a relatively simple story. The basic premise is that sometime in the future (2154 AD to be exact) humans have travelled to Pandora, the lush, low gravity moon of a planet circling Alpha Centauri, where they are mining for a valuable mineral known as unobtanium. The humans’ presence on Pandora is completely commercial and they will extract minerals at any cost, without regard to their impact on the planet. On the other hand, Pandora is inhabited by an indigenous species called the Na’vi who live in complete harmony with the natural world.

Humans are unable to breathe Pandora’s atmosphere, and peaceful interaction with the Na’vi is difficult. Researchers led by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) create the Avatar Program, creating human-Na’vi hybrids. A human who shares genetic material with an avatar can link to it, allowing them to control it while their own body ‘sleeps’. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a former Marine who was paralyzed below the waist in combat on Earth. His twin brother was a scientist working in the Avatar Program. When Jake’s brother is killed, Jake takes his place because he is compatible with his brother’s avatar.

While Jake is escorting Augustine through the jungle the group is attacked by a large predator, and Jake becomes separated from the others, forcing them to leave him behind for the night. Jake attempts to survive in his avatar body, fending off dangerous creatures. This attracts the attention of a female Na’vi named Neytiri (Zoë Saldaña), who rescues Jake. Though troubled by Jake’s recklessness she takes him to the Na’vi Hometree, the spiritual and geographical home of her clan. The Na’vi decide to teach Jake their ways.

As Jakes learns more about the Na’vi and their way of life he increasingly finds his life as an Avatar to be reality, and his life as a human marine to be ‘a dream’. He also falls in love with Neytiri who is his mentor. Things become all the more complicated as the human quest for wealth begins to have deadly consequences for the Na’vi. In the end Jake must make his choice between the human life he was born into, and the Na’vi life he has learned to love.

The story itself is a timeless one which, in essence, boils down to a story of love between two people divided by race and culture.  Some have said that the visual elements of the film overshadow the storyline and characters, that the story is thin an vapid. But I would argue that Cameron has once again created a story that is simple rather than simplistic, and it is the way that the story is told that draws the audience into the film. It definitely has the feel of a fairy tale.

In Pandora Cameron has created a visual masterpiece. And it is this masterpiece that takes centre stage in the film. In fact Pandora is possibly one of the most important members of the cast. It creates an almost magical backdrop within which the cast can play out their story. And whilst none of the roles are particularly demanding of the actors, it is worth giving a few mentions. Sam Worthington does well as Jake Sulley. He has definitely put himself on the map over the last year or two, and you’ll be seeing a lot more of him over the next few years. In fact he seems to be in almost every action movie of 2010. Sigourney Weaver is excellent as Dr. Grace Augustine. She brings depth to a role where she almost certainly didn’t have a whole lot to work with. Stephen Lang plays a pretty mean bad guy. And lastly Zoë Saldaña is excellent as Neytiri.

All in all Avatar is a definite must see. In fact it’s a film that you will probably find yourself watching more than once. I know I will.

Avatar – the revolution begins

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Avatar had it’s premiere in London last night and it seems that the wait has been worth it. The film has taken years of development and almost four years of production, not to mention that it cost around $400 million dollars to make. But initial whispers are that James Cameron has raised the bar in Hollywood, and created the film of the decade.

Here is a review from The Hollywood Reporter.

And here is a review from Reuters.