By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
When James Cameron’s Avatar first came out in theaters, I was a little skeptical; blue aliens, a mythical land called Pandora, and humans coming to take over? It sounded just like every other flop sci-fi movie! But seriously, even if the movie’s plot reminded me of other native warriors vs. civilization flicks, I was amazed by the intricate 3D and how real the fictional world felt. Now, Cameron’s announced that he and his crew will make not one, but three sequels to the 2009 blockbuster hit. So, if you’re fluent in the Na’vi language, it’s time to brush up and prepare for a 2016 Christmas release!
Ugh, waiting 3 years? That’s practically torture! Don’t worry, because Cameron, Lightstorm Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox have plans to shoot all three sequels at the same time over the course of 9 months. That means a new movie will be released every year up until late 2018!
To make things even better, Cameron’s already started writing and designing the movie. “It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora,” he explained. “We’re blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.”
Let’s talk about the first film for a second. Did you know that movies are typically shot in 24 frames per second? Well, some of Avatar’s prettiest film sequences were shot at 48 frames per second! This movie-producing technique has received mixed reviews from critics, but Cameron fully intends to continue using it for the upcoming Avatar films.
‘O’! Believe it or not, that one letter means exciting in Na’vi. Now, I’m no expert and have never tried to sit down to learn it, but how cool is it that the filmmakers created an entire ‘alien’ language for the movie? You know, maybe I will take the time this year to learn a few words, so I can understand the characters on the big screen without reading the subtitles!
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