Cameron promises yet more Avatar
Cinematic re-release plus oceanic sequel
Those of you who simply haven't had enough Avatar will be pleased to learn that James Cameron has revealed he's planning a sequel in which he'll be "focusing on the ocean on Pandora".
Speaking to the LA Times, the helmsman described this new environment as "equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative" as Avatar's rainforest. He also suggested a third Avatar outing which might "expand out" across the Alpha Centauri AB system.
Avatar is released on DVD on Blu-ray this week, but Cameron is keen to cash in on any untapped revenue still to be extracted from cinemeagoers, Accordingly, the movie will reappear in cinemas in August, complete with an "additional six minutes".
Doubtless this will infuriate fans who'll rush to buy the DVD on Thursday, then rush to cinemas to enjoy an extra 360 seconds of CGI magic, and finally twiddle their thumbs until Avatar: The Extended Cinematic Re-Release becomes available to buy. Not to mention, of course, the intolerable wait for Avatar 2, which judging by Cameron's interview, is set to continue with his campaigning hug-the-planet agenda.
Indeed, the director says he was attracted to the idea of a sequel because "not only is it good business, but it’s good for the environment". If your nerves can stand it, there's more here. ®
Just me then?
It seems that I'm about the only person who actually enjoyed Avatar. Sure, the plot wasn't original, and on a couple of occasions the 3D was a bit over the top, but it was still fun. OK, so my brain cells weren't challenged, but it was still fun.
I'll definitely watch the sequels. I won't be expecting anything hugely original or challenging, but I know it'll be a bit of escapist fun.
Besides, what's not to like about an 8ft tall blue Sigourney Weaver?
I was going to pick up the DVD a bit after release, but if they're already talking about a new extended version then I'll probably not bother, not falling for that one again (looking at you George Lucas).
At the risk of enjoying Vogon poetry...
I liked it.
there, I said it.
it was light escapist fluff, with cool spaceships and big explosions and bows & arrows and it was in FREAKING 3D! What more do you want?
sure, it wasn't Trois Couleurs, but it didn't need to be. Thank goodness it wasn't 2001 since thousands of people would have died of boredom or eaten their own arms off.
I'm looking forward to more, and if it's in the ocean then I'm sure we'll get some dolphins in there, and everyone will say Cameron ripped off David Brin.
Yes, mines the blue one with the book of Vogon poetry in the pocket...
Oh, frettled gruntbuggly,
thy micturations are to me...
... Cameron also did it in the Abyss!
(okay that sounds a bit wrong, but you know what I mean) =P
George Lucas already did that in Phantom Menace. Allsa hailsa Jar Jar Binks!
To join the small minority of people...
...that actually enjoyed themselves seeing Avatar.
Yes, yes it was a badly scipted, greener than thou, enviro film but I liked the 3d stuff and the pretty colours.
I still might give the second one a miss and wait for the 'in space' one though as I thought the arrival at the planet were the best bits for 3D effect-ery suffering from none of the annoying blur quite a bit of the rest of it did.