Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cameron Out To Take Over The Film Industry--Again!

Director James Cameron has been working on this idea for nearly 14 years and, this year, December might prove to be another "titanic" month for him as "Avatar" is finally set to release.

What is Avatar? Your guess is as good as mine. This project has been kept tightly under wraps, but recently at ComicCon a lot more info was revealed to audiences.

The gist of it is that this is a sci-fi tale set in the future, in which a wounded war vet gets picked to participate in a weird experiment to help humans take over an alien rain forest moon. The native intelligence on this moon live a seemingly simple and enchanted life, but are in fact far more evolved than us. When Earth forces try to encroach on the world, the natives fight back. Through the "Avatar" program, soldiers can bind their minds to alien clones and thus survive on the moon which is otherwise fatal to human bodies.

The main character is played by Sam Worthington, with supporting roles by Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, and Zoe Saldana, to name a few. Saldana will provide the voice and likeness of a fully CGI-created native female, and has signed on to do sequels as well.

After seeing Sam Worthington in Terminator: Salvation earlier this year, I'm a believer that this Australian actor has a bright movie career ahead of him. And the other cast members are icing on the cake, so to speak.

The movie will be a blend of live-action and CGI, and was shot using cutting-edge HD 3-D cameras. As a result, the film will be best viewed in theaters equipped with 3-D projectors, although a 2-D version will be extracted via the CinemaScope format for normal projectors. Naturally, the film will lend itself particularly well to IMAX.

Oh, and if you want me to shut my trap now and actually show some footage, follow the link below. It'll take you to the official teaser trailer, which is only available right now through Apple's Quicktime website. You may need to download a plugin when the site asks you to.

The visuals are absolutely breathtaking! You gotta see this to believe it.


Ashe Hunt said...

Oh Shit!!!!!! James jumpin' back in the game HARD! That looks awesome! I hope it's as good as it looks.

David Batista said...

I know. Usually I would be worried, but Cameron knows how to craft a good story, no doubt about it.

I also like that he states the (true) story of Pocahontas as one of his inspirations behind the story premise. The other inspiration? Every single sci-fi book he read as a kid (his words). :)

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