James Cameron has let it be known that an Avatar sequel may include scenes shot in the Amazon Rainforest. The director mentioned the idea to reporters while holding a press conference after a three-day visit to the Big Bend region of the Xingu River, site of the proposed Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam project. Cameron visited the region on behalf of the organization Amazon Watch.
“I was told by my friends at Amazon Watch that the Belo Monte Dam threatens to destroy large swaths of territory in the heart of the Amazon rainforest,” stated Mr. Cameron. “I wanted to visit this area and learn more about the project.” From March 28-30, Cameron traveled along a stretch of the Xingu River’s Big Bend region in Brazil’s Para State to visit the forests and the communities that will be destroyed by the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam project.
“There are always other solutions, when good leaders put their will to a problem,” Cameron said during his address during the Manaus Forum. “A WWF Brazil study showed if Brazil were to invest a fraction of the cost of the dam in energy efficiency it could generate 14 times the energy of the Belo Monte Dam and have electricity savings of up to US$19 billion.”
If Cameron did choose to film some scenes in the Amazon, it may further build upon rumors that the sequel in mind could actually be a prequel — addressing the destruction of life on Earth as referenced in the original film.