Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Fox Greenlights Cameron's $200 Million "Avatar"

According to reports, Fox has officially greenlit Oscar-winning director/producer James "Terminator" Cameron's "Avatar", targeting the big budget space-opera for a 2009 release.

The $200 million sci fi feature (aka "Project 880") will be exhibited in 3-D, showcasing new VFX designed by Cameron and Peter "King Kong" Jackson's Weta.

Production on live-action sequences begins April 2007 in Los Angeles.

"Believe it or not, the shooting is a very small part of it," Cameron said. "It's a very, very big project where the shooting is like a month and a half -- not really very much. There's just so much CG, and the visual effects are a huge component. A lot of it is performance capture..."

Premise of the film:

In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran is brought to planet 'Pandora', inhabited by the 'Navi', a humanoid race with their own language and culture...Jake, angry and jaded, harbors a grudge against the world and his current situation. Highly intelligent and creative, he hides his softer side behind a wall of issues. Having suffered great tragedy, he is scarred both emotionally and physically.

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