Biggest movie of all time to get theme-park treatment
Avatar, the highest grossing film in motion picture history, is to get a theme-park ride based at Disneyworld in Florida.
The rides will be overseen by both Disney CEO Bob Iger and the film’s director James Cameron. Speaking about the project Cameron said:
Avatar created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, we’ll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before.
The ‘Avatar-land’ will be built at the Animal Kingdom Park. The announcement described the choice as a ‘perfect fit’ with the film’s theme of harmony with nature.
While no official figure has been stated, rumours are the project will cost around $400 million (£254 million), with construction set to begin in 2013.
The sequels to the hit sci-fi film – to be shot back-to-back – will be incorporated into the theme park’s design, and are scheduled to be released in 2014 and 2015.
Earlier this week, Sigourney Weaver announced that she will return for the Avatar sequels, despite her character not making it to the end of the first film.