Die Erde ist am Ende und platzt aus allen Nähten. Die Menschheit bereist das Weltall und versucht neue Welten zu vereinnahmen, u.a. den Planeten Alpha Centauri B-4 oder kurz: Pandora, der von den primitiven Na'vi bevölkert wird. Diese sollen durch sündhaft teure geklonte Hybriden dazu gebracht werden, den Planeten für Menschen bewohnbar zu machen. Der verkrüppelte Ex-Soldat Jake (Sam Worthington, u.a. "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins") ist ein Controller, der einen solchen Avatar per Gedankenkontrolle fernsteuert...
Es wirken u.a. mit: Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, Zoe Saldana, Wes Studi, Michelle Rodriguez, CCH Pounder, Laz Alonso, Peter Mensah und Stephen Lang...
Die Dreharbeiten zu James Cameron's "Avatar" (vormals: "Project 880") begannen im Februar 2007 - der Film kam am 17. Dezember 2009 in die deutschen Kinos. Am 2. September 2010 startete die 9 Minuten längere Extended Edition in den deutschen Kinos...
HeyUGuys.co.uk sprach mit dem Produzenten Jon Landau über die Hallen in denen die Sequels entstehen... [...] We took this facility at Manhattan Beach Studios. It’s three stages, we have this office space next to it. Because we’re going to be working with a technical crew in the office space, and we wanted make them feel a part of the process, we convinced the studio to cut windows into the second floor that looked down on the stage, to make the crews feel a part of the process of what’s going on on the stage.
We also have done everything we could in the facility to ‘green’ it, to make it environmentally friendly. We put solar panels up on the roof, things like that. [...]
CS! sprach mit Sam Worthington...
[...] Avatar 2 [..] remains somewhat of a mystery even to Worthington. Scheduled for a December 2014 release, the plan is to shoot the sequel back to back with a third film.
"I'm talking to Jim next week," says Worthington of his imminent return to Pandora. "I'm going to visit him and we're going to see what's going on."
Via CS! kommt der Hinweis auf ein neues Interview mit James Cameron - bezüglich der "Avatar"-Sequels...
Director James Cameron talked to ABC's "Nightline" recently about Avatar 2, which won't be coming to theaters until December of 2014. While we wait, he offered up some details of what we can expect from the follow-up to the film that earned $2.782 billion at the worldwide box office.
Asked what he can tell us about the sequel, he said, "It's on Pandora. Well, I'm really writing the second and third films together, so it completes a kinda three film story arc. And we will see the oceans of Pandora, which we haven't seen at all and that's an ecosystem that I'm dying to start designing because it's going to look spectacular."
He added that the next film "narrows the spotlight instead of just nature in general or the rainforest. It focuses it a little more on ocean issues, because we have a planet that's a blue planet. From a distance, you look at it, the Earth is a lot more blue than it is, you know brown, the land mass. We're making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now. For a lot or reasons. It's just a way to focus a little energy in that direction."
He then revealed a bit more in the interview. "And there will be other planets as well, besides Pandora. It will be a cornucopia, a treat for the eyes," he said.
Cameron added that he's certainly not taking credit for everything though. "I get to imagine things at a kind of fuzzy level and then I bring in a lot of great artists and they come up with all the amazing creatures and plants and that sort of thing."
Asked whether he will approach the new films differently, he said, ""I think it's just a continuation of the same thing. I want people to feel that same sense of excitement about that world. You know, the fictional Na'vi people and I want them to feel that excitement of discovery of a new world that they're going to see things that they haven't imagined. All that sort of the perk package of the first movie is still going to be there. And the themes will be there and be played out in a way that I think people can accept."
But he did say he's not going to stuff the environmental issues down our throat. "I'm not going to become more strident. I'm not going to say, 'well, we got away with this much environmental content in the first movie, now there's double.' Because I think that would be a mistake. It has to be entertainment first and foremost."
Wie CS! meldet, kümmert sich Kathy Franklin um die Entwicklung des "Avatar"-Franchises...
FoxNews.com sprach mit James Cameron über die "Avatar"-Sequels... [...]
"We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc - not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that," Cameron told FOX411’s Pop Tarts ahead of he and his wife Suzy Amis being honored for their philanthropic work in helping homeless youth at the recent Covenant House Gala in Los Angeles. "We’re doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We’re creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that’s not already dead is coming back." [...]
And with the first "Avatar" earning the title of the highest-grossing film worldwide, Cameron is indeed feeling the pressure.
"There's always an expectation. I had to deal with that after 'The Terminator' back in 1984. All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was 'what are you doing next?' But my job is take the audience on a journey and entertain them," he said. "The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora. I don't think about that stuff, about standing on a red carpet. It has its own life, really. The characters have their own lives." [...]
THR meldet... [...] Director James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have signed a lease for studio and office space at MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach and will use the facility for the motion capture photography and high-tech production on two highly-anticipated sequels to Avatar, the biggest blockbuster of all time. [...]
The 580,000-square-foot studio and office facility, which houses 15 soundstages, also is likely to become the new home of Cameron’s company, Lightstorm Entertainment. Sources said Cameron has been in the market for as much as 90,000 square feet of production and office space.
Production of the original Avatar was centered in Playa Vista at a property now known as the Hercules Campus, named for the Spruce Goose, the mammoth airplane built there by Howard Hughes in the 1940s. During the film’s four years of production, Lightstorm remained headquartered at a three-story, 26,277-square-foot office building Santa Monica, but Cameron spent most of his time in Playa Vista.
If things go as planned, Cameron would consolidate his offices and studio into one location -- down the coast from his Malibu home. His Santa Monica office building is listed for sale for $11.85 million by brokerage CB Richard Ellis Group. Entertainment office specialist Jim Jacobsen of Industry Partners, who is not involved in selling the building, said there have been several offers made for the Santa Monica Boulevard property but a deal has not been struck. In a brief interview with THR on Monday following his keynote address at NAB, Cameron did not provide details on whether Lightstorm would also be relocated.
Completion of the Manhattan Beach deal with Raleigh Studios, which operates the property for its owner, private equity firm Carlyle Group, ends a long search for Avatar’s new home. Cameron considered returning to the Hercules site, now owned by the Ratkovich Co., which purchased the property last year for $32.4 million, but the timing was a problem because the aging facility is undergoing renovations throughout this year. Ratkovich Co. told THR: "Lightstorm Entertainment expressed interest...however we are not currently in negotiations."
Cameron’s search also took him to an office park in Agoura Hills, where owner Realty Bancorp Equities earlier this year gained preliminary approvals to construct a building for Lightstorm. The Toronto Sun in March reported that Cameron had settled on that property because it was close to the home of his mother. However, Doug Hooper, Agoura’s assistant director of community development, said the city hasn’t heard from the developer in several months, and the project would still require final approval from the city’s planning commission.
"Given the two different requirements -- needing soundstages like he had before and office space, and the fact that the Hercules Campus has started demolition, it’d make sense he’d be interested in a studio operation like Manhattan Beach Studios," said Jacobsen. "90,000 square feet of space on the Westside is very difficult to put together."
The complex Avatar production also must adhere to a schedule, and would be helped by using existing buildings. Avatar 2 is scheduled for release in December 2014 and Avatar 3 the following December. While MBS Media Campus will now be the location for the films’ extensive motion capture shooting, in which actors are filmed by a special computer camera and then transformed by special effects artists, it is unclear if any of the live action portions of the movies will be shot there as well.
For the original Avatar, the live action scenes were shot in New Zealand, where Cameron employed the special effects company WETA, partly owned by filmmaker Peter Jackson. WETA is expected to be involved in the two sequels (although that has not been confirmed), and Cameron said Monday he is still unsure if he will shoot the sequels’ live action scenes in New Zealand.
One current tenant at MBS Media Campus is Marvel Studios, owned by Disney, which filmed Iron Man 2 and Thor there. It has also been home to various TV shows including Ally McBeal, CSI: Miami, Medium, and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Commercial real estate broker Matthew May says that MBS Media Campus’ location makes sense for Cameron. "With Playa Vista, when all that stuff is built up, trying to get onto the freeway at Jefferson at 5:30 -- that’s not going to be pretty," says May, who is not involved in the Manhattan Beach lease.
Also on Monday, Cameron and Vince Pace, who co-developed the Fusion 3D camera system used to film Avatar, announced during their NAB Show keynote the formation of the Cameron-Pace Group to facilitate 3D broadcasting with the development of new technology. As part of the venture, the company has already expanded the existing Burbank offices of PACE, located off of West Empire Avenue.
Inside Movies meldet...
James Cameron has spoken frequently about his intention to turn his mega-hit Avatar into a trilogy. Now, according to the director himself, those two sequels have release dates. Cameron tells EW, "I am in the process of writing the next two Avatar films now. We are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart. Christmas ’14 and ’15 is the current plan." Of course, it’s probably best to take those release dates with a grain of salt, since the first Avatar had several release dates before its December 2009 release. Still, now fans know that they’ll have to wait at least three more years for a return to Pandora.
Cameron also notes that we’ll see some familiar faces return. "Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form," say the director. One thing’s for sure: some percentage of the presumably-massive Avatar sequel gross will go to charity. "Fox has partnered with me to donate a chunk of the profits to environmental causes that are at the heart of the Avatar world," says the director. "I didn’t want to make more Avatar movies without a grander plan in place."