Production on first two sequels kicked off Monday; original stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are back with several new faces.
James Cameron on 'Avatar' sequels in Empire: 'There’s not a new villain every time.... Same guy...through all four movies'; adds Peter Jackson inspired him
James Cameron‘s first of four planned Avatar sequels is still two years away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit the film’s alien moon of Pandora much sooner. Avatar: Discover Pandora opens its doors in Taipei this Wednesday. The inaugural stop of 20th Century Fox and Cameron’s sprawling, high-tech exhibition will spend three months at the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Place A11 6F Xinyi Theater before embarking on a world tour. (Future dates will be unveiled at avatardiscoverpandora.com.)
The brain trust behind Avatar is about to launch an immersive, interactive experience that aims to take fans inside James Cameron’s extraterrestrial world. Titled Avatar: Discover Pandora (and not to be confused with Walt Disney World’s planned Pandora-themed land or Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-based traveling show Toruk), the 12,000-square-foot exhibition comes stocked with life-sized creatures (including the soaring Banshees and vicious Viperwolf) and is set to open Dec. 7 in Taipei before embarking on a world tour.
James Cameron is responsible for the two most lucrative hits in box-office history – Avatar ($2.79 billion) and Titanic ($2.19 billion) – and not even J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.07 billion) could quite overtake them globally. As if maintaining financial supremacy over that iconic franchise weren’t enough, however, Cameron has now weighed in on the seventh installment of the Star Wars saga – and his diplomatic comments hardly sound like acclaim. In a new interview that appeared online yesterday, Cameron spoke on a wide range of topics, but it’s his thoughts on The Force Awakens that have made the most noise, because he seems to carefully word his response in order to avoid ruffling anyone’s feathers.
While previewing its upcoming live-action film slate at the D23 fan expo, Disney dropped the blockbuster news that the company’s vaunted Imagineers were plotting an immersive Star Wars Land to cover 14 acres at both the Orlando and Anaheim outpost. Later on, however, during a separate panel focusing solely on the theme parks, we learned the studio-resort synergy will encompass far more than a cantina and Millennium Falcon simulator. In fact, it stretches beyond Star Wars to the company’s other acquired brands, Marvel and Pixar.
If you love movies, then you know the music of James Horner. The Academy Award-winning composer died in plane crash Monday at the age of 61, leaving behind a breathtaking body of work that included more than 100 movie scores, among them such celebrated films as Aliens, Glory, Apollo 13, Braveheart, and Titanic.
James Cameron explains the lengthy process that went into writing the scripts for the projected trilogy of films that take place after the events of 'Avatar.'