James Cameron: 'Avatar 2' to explore Pandora's oceans

Planned trilogy will also explore other planets

James Cameron: 'Avatar 2' to explore Pandora's oceans

Avatar director James Cameron has said the movie's sequel will explore beneath Pandora's oceans - the alien moon of the first film. With a DVD release of Avatar due on Monday (April 26), Cameron has been talking to the LA Times about his plans for an Avatar trilogy.

And according to Cameron, the second film will also act as a jumping-off point to explore the "Alpha Centauri AB" solar system surrounding Pandora.

“We created a broad canvas for the environment of film," Cameron said. "That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film.

“Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rainforest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.”

It won't be the first time Cameron has taken to explore the depths. In 1989 the director made The Abyss, about alien encounters in the depths of the ocean, and in 2005 made Aliens of the Deep - an IMAX 3D documentary where he teamed with NADA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridges - submerged chains of mountains in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that are host to various unusual forms of life.

Cameron also spoke about a planned theatrical re-release of Avatar, despite the imminent DVD - and that the film has smashed all box-office records, becoming the first film to gross more than $2bn.

“We’re working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film for a theatrical re-release in August. We were sold out of our IMAX performances right up to the moment until they were contractually obligated to switch to Alice In Wonderland, so we know we left money on the table there."

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