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James Cameron says his vision for his three
Avatar sequels is to create a family epic in the mould
of The Godfather that will introduce viewers to
new cultures and go underwater on his fictional
The director announced Monday he will be filming
the sequels in New Zealand, where he shot the triple
Academy Award-winning original.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Cameron
also talked about life on a New Zealand farm, where
he s growing walnuts and allowing his children to
Cameron, 59, said he plans to release the first
sequel in 2016, seven years after the release of Avatar,
which has become the highest-grossing film in history
with a box office take of nearly $2.8 billion.
He said a core team has been developing new soft-
ware for the sequels even while he s been gone on
other projects, including 18 months planning a seven-
mile descent to the deepest part of the ocean, which
he successfully completed last year.
"It s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot
of new environments and creatures across Pandora,"
"We re blowing it out all over the place. At first
I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds
as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out
not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have
imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy
people for decades to come, the way I see it."
Cameron said the films will explore different Na vi
cultures as well the cultures of other Pandora crea-
"There s a fair bit of underwater stuff. It s been
inaccurately said that the second film takes place
underwater. That s not true," he said.
"There are underwater scenes and surface-water
scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures
that are distributed across the three films."
He said water is enormously difficult to recreate
on a computer, something he s been talking about
with Joe Letteri, the visual effects supervisor at Weta
"I said Joe, you know, there s a lot of water,"
Cameron said. "And he basically said Bring it on.
We re ready ."
He said the first movie focused on the main char-
acter, Jake Sully.
"It was very Jake-centric. His story seen through
his eyes," Cameron said.
"We spread it around quite a bit more as we go
forward. It s really the story of his family, the family
that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So
think of it as a family saga like The Godfather."
Cameron said the theme of sustainability that runs
through the Avatar series also extends to his personal
life. He and fifth wife Suzy Amis bought a farm about
90 minutes drive from Wellington where they spend
some of the year with their three children. Cameron
said he s putting in 650 walnut trees.
"There ll also be tree crops, grains, produce, it will
be quite a mixed bag," he said. "But really, I think
of it as an experimental station to look at various
sustainable agriculture approaches."
A native of Canada, Cameron said the New Zealand
farm feels like "closing a loop" after he spent summers
on his grandfather s farm in southern Ontario.
"The kids love it here. They love that combination
of freedom and responsibility that you get here
because you can run freely," he said.
"There are no predators and snakes and that sort
of thing. We just let them go out with a walkie-
talkie, and as long as they are back by dinner, we
don t care where they are."
He said he plans to bring his own helicopter from
California to help make the commute from the farm
to Wellington when he s working on the movies.
Before then, he said, he ll be throwing a Christmas
party for the community around his farm.
He said about 95 people turned up last year but
he worries that numbers could be down this year
because it s going to be an all-vegan menu, a lifestyle
his family recently adopted. (AP)
Avatar family epic
in the works
The characters Neytiri, right, and Jake, in a scene from Avatar. AP PHOTO
Director James Cameron at a press conference in
Wellington, New Zealand, to announce that he will
shoot three sequels to his 2009 sci-fi blockbuster
movie Avatar in New Zealand. AP PHOTO
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