Director James Cameron received the Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award over the weekend and the filmmaker also discussed a sequel to his current box office phenomenon. Sci Fi Wire spoke with the Avatar director at the event, who said that the sequel wouldn't be called Avatar 2.
James Cameron has big plans for Avatars sequel
"Certainly I don't want to call it Avatar 2," Cameron said at the Visual Effects Society Awards ceremony in Century City, Calif., on Sunday, where he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. "He's not an avatar anymore, is he? Maybe we'll call it Na'vi."
He also said that the sequel would likely focus more on the spiritual aspects of tne Na'vi population, which was a theme he had to cut back on in the first film.
"I think we can see that there's a greater receptivity to it on the part of the audience than certainly the studio originally imagined," Cameron said. "We pared back on it a fair bit in the first film, and I think we can go farther in that direction and not alienate people."
Cameron also commented on giving up control of the franchise at this point...
"I wouldn't do that for the second film," Cameron said. "It'd be premature to turn it over to somebody else right now. I think I'd have to use a film to train somebody to be able to take the reins, honestly. That's how I see it."
for the site's full article. Avatar stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and is currently playing in theaters everywhere.
Avatar was released December 18th, 2009 and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Laz Alonso. The film is directed by James Cameron.