Yeah, so that headline doesn’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense, so let’s decompile.
First of all you know about this thing called Avatar, a film loosely based on the story of Pocahontas (shhhhh) but set it space. It made like a billion billion dollars at the box office, or something. Anyway, for Avatar 2 (and 3 and 4 – maybe), filmmaker James Cameron is looking east, to China, to secure further financing for his 3-D opus.
According to Cameron, the Chinese market, flush and growing with cash, is a place he wants to do business, and part in parcel with that is the possibility that some Chinese actors maybe employed to play human and Na’vi roles in the films.
Here’s what Cameron told THR:
Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production. We are already funded on Avatar 2 and 3, but if we qualify as a co-production, there might be some incentives in the percentage of revenue we can take out of China. We are running the numbers to see if that makes sense.
For Avatar, we can certainly use Chinese actors as performance capture actors because any accent issues will hide within the Na’vi accent. So we can have Chinese Na’vi; [and in the live-action sequences] we can also have Chinese actors who speak English in the film. We are projecting a future in Avatar, and if you project that future out, it is logical that there would be a number of Chinese amongst the contingent on Pandora.
Not a new idea, the universe of Joss Whedon’s Firefly was one in which America and China founded the new solar system in a joint venture, hence the bilingual crew of Serenity. Just one question though: how can the Na’vi have different races if they’re all blue?
Think about it.
Source: Geek Tyrant