Avatar on DVD is hitting store shelves tomorrow — but the world is very eager to find out what Cameron might have in store for the sequel.
As we mentioned earlier, the director has kind of hinted as the places that might be explored — but in an interview with the L.A. Times’ “Hero Complex” blog, he really lays out the big new focus: Pandora’s oceans.
We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film. I’ve already announced this, so I might as well say it: Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.
We’ve all seen what a rainforest on Pandora might look like — and considering the incredible creatures that inhabit our own — Cameron’s new vision of what an extra-terrestrial marine ecosystem might look like is certainly worth getting excited over. But don’t get in line just yet. The director said that he would love to make the sequel in a little less than half the time it took him to make the first one — which translates to about five years. Hey, it takes time to create a believable underwater world.
Something tells me that 20th Century Fox will be more than happy to compensate him to play God and move that along a bit faster.