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'Avatar 2' and 'Avatar 3' May Include Chinese Na'vi as James Cameron Plans Co-Production with China

The director makes the argument that it would be logical for the Chinese to be on Pandora.
Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 plans for Chinese Na'vi
Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 plans for Chinese Na'vi
China is poised to conquer and control America over the course of the next decade. We all know that. And Hollywood is jumping on the takeover early, with many productions hitching their wagon to the Chinese entertainment industry. One such franchise in the midst of doing just that is James Cameron's Avatar, with the director planning to make Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 Chinese co-productions.

This past August, the Cameron/Pace Group announced that CPG China would be providing camera systems and other 3D services in Tianjin. While some work will be done in China, James Cameron still plans to shoot all of the performance capture in Los Angeles, and the live action scenes in Wellington, New Zealand as he did on the first film. But he feels that having part of the production shot in China is good for business. He also believes that there should be Chinese Na'vi visible throughout the film.

Here's what he had to say on the matter.

"Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production. We are already funded on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, but if we qualify as a co-production, there might be some incentives in the percentage of revenue we can take out of China.

We are running the numbers to see if that makes sense. For Avatar, we can certainly use Chinese actors as performance capture actors because any accent issues will hide within the Na'vi accent.

So we can have Chinese Na'vi; [and in the live-action sequences] we can also have Chinese actors who speak English in the film. We are projecting a future in Avatar, and if you project that future out, it is logical that there would be a number of Chinese amongst the contingent on Pandora."


Marvel Studios is also siding on this trend, announcing their Iron Man 3 as a Chinese co-production that will utilize the country's locations and talent.

Avatar 2 comes to theaters November 2016 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Avatar 3 comes to theaters November 2017 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.



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  1. undeadslayer4

    finally they have asian navi awesome

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  2. Vanboy

    Cameron finally sold his soul. I was jonsin' for the next one, but with this news, I don't want to fund power-hungry dictators who work their own people to the bone, while they rake in the cash as the workers die without a dime to their name.

    1 year agoby @vanboyFlag

  3. K.Guy

    @ghostman o.O uuuh

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  4. THE JOKER

    @ghostman haha Oh yeah! Forgot his name was Jesus... it's been too long since I have seen that film!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. Ghostman

    @mcleve02 I was talking about Big Lebowski's Jesus :P

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  6. THE JOKER

    @ghostman FINALLY CAUGHT UP ALL MY @mentions!!!

    Jesus would never do that! Don't talk about my man J.C. He will get you! ;)

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  7. Ghostman

    @mcleve02 Hey, Jesus wanted to fcuk @kguy up the ass, not me.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  8. THE JOKER

    @kguy Hey remember I am not the problem anymore... it was @ghostman who wanted to f*ck you in the ass... remember... ;)

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  9. K.Guy

    @mcleve02 gasp! *punch*

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  10. THE JOKER

    @kguy *kick* XD

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  11. K.Guy

    @mcleve02 *slap* :P

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  12. THE JOKER

    @thaphoenix Mind if I sit with you... this is getting interesting on here... I brought you a cigar... ;)

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  13. THE JOKER

    @kguy He is apparently building this movie out of playdoe... clearly looks bad... ;)

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  14. Salemwolf711

    @felipe-11 Are you saying i like all the America is the best bullsh*t? Because I don't I hate it.

    2 years agoby @Salemwolf711Flag

  15. Mka47

    f*ck off, james

    2 years agoby @mka47Flag

  16. Replicant

    @Salemwolf711 Well I'm not about to start arguing over international politics, but if that's what offended you from the first movie then you can always go watch Sylvester Stallone lead a pack of oiled-up men driving Hummers through explosions while waving the american flag and ripping doors off of eco-friendly cars.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  17. Salemwolf711

    @felipe-11 He will find a way. He insulted many people with the way his message was forced down our throats. America will burn, kill, and rape to get what we what. The sad thing is he believes that is how you should treat people who are different from you and who refuse to give you what you want because it means allot to them and to us it just means money!

    2 years agoby @Salemwolf711Flag

  18. Replicant

    Misleading article...

    @Salemwolf711@the-movieghost@ROFLitschristian what he said is there'll be chinese actors playing Na'vi's, just like a ton of black actors played Na'vi's in the first one. There's not gonna be "black na'vi", or "chinese na'vi". How is that insulting?

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  19. Nicholaus XX

    @comicbookfan -- Agreed. That goes beyond milking the public..

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  20. CBF

    Whatever works. But making an Avatar 4 prequel is a retarded idea.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  21. Ahraman

    Expanding the Na'vi to a new race sounds really cool. I trust Cameron to do it right. Looking forward to seeing how they turn out.

    2 years agoby @ahramanFlag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Funny how in every futuristic based movie, Asians influence a lot

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  23. K.Guy

    @mcleve02 He is beginning to build. :)

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  24. THE JOKER

    @kguy what the f*ck is going on with your movie. This sounds like sh*t...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  25. Sean

    @Salemwolf711 Yes, probably.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  26. skywise

    When the Chinese "conquer and control" the US I hope they do not pillage and rape our villages.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  27. Tha Phoenix

    *sits back with a Martini and waits for this to backfire*

    2 years agoby @thaphoenixFlag

  28. Ghostman

    "Marvel Studios is also siding on this trend, announcing their Iron Man 2 as a Chinese co-production that will utilize the country's locations and talent."

    You mean Iron Man 3?

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

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