Sure the release dates keep getting pushed back and there’s also all that talk about a fourth movie in the series, but right now filmmaker James Cameron is putting his focus on penning the back to back sequels to Avatar, the number one money-maker of all time in film.
While talking to Coming Soon, Cameron reiterated his plan to take us into Pandora’s oceans in the sequels, and the director says that his focus on the new setting is to draw parallels with environmental issues here on Earth as opposed to creature-porn with all the weird and wonderful species “Under Da Sea!” on Pandora.
“We’re doing ‘Avatar’ films now, so we’re making up an ocean ecosystem for Pandora. That’s gonna have less to do with the deep exploration that I’ve done than it has to do with my concerns about conservation of Earth’s oceans. The fact that we’re basically overfishing, climate change… a few degrees of temperature rise are gonna basically take out the coral reefs. All those beautiful images of the coral environments we all grew up with won’t exist in 50 years at the rate we’re going in terms of pumping greenhouse gases into the environment. These are the things that concern me.”
“I hope that explains it, ’cause people have connected the dots directly together. ‘Oh, going to the challenger deep has a direct connection to what we’re going to see in Avatar 2,’ and that’s not the case at all. It’s all the scuba diving I did before I even started the deep ocean stuff that has more of a direct connection to Avatar 2 & 3, which by the way won’t take place completely in or under the water. That’s just part of the environment of Pandora that we’re going to see.”
Another thing that Cameron’s conscious of: finding the right place to break the story between the scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Here’s what Cameron told Hero Complex:
“It’s a little bit of a daunting writing task because it’s two scripts and they’ve both gotta be done at the same time… I’m writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film. I don’t want to suffer from the ‘Matrix 2′ problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It’s gotta end. There’s gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that’s a fine line.”
I’m right there with you, Jim. I remember seeing The Matrix Reloaded in the theater and sitting in my seat stunned for a couple of minutes trying to comprehend how the movie suddenly ended where it did, while trying to remember for the life of me who that guy who was unconscious next to Neo. Hopefully, Cameron is a more skillful writer than Wachowskis. Of course, he did turn the story of Pocahontas into a Star Wars pastiche and made a mint doing it, so anything’s possible.
The release of director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.‘s (you have better luck pronouncing that with peanut butter in your mouth) The Thing, which is a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, is only a few months away, and fans are antsy to the what the thing will look like. The alien, not the movie. See, here’s the thing, The Thing is about a “thing”. Get it? *shakes head* Damn thing is confusing as fuck. Who’s on first?
Anyway, the creature (aka “The Thing”) from the original was goddamn creepy. A parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms and in turn imitates them, or tries to anyway. Often you’d see the creature in between transformations, looking like stretched silly putty with teeth. Will it look just as fucked up in the prequel?
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
In this months iPad digital version of WiRed Magazine (issues number 18.12) readers were treated to a weird unexplainedmysterious video. Said video appears on the splash page before the big Tron: Legacy cover story, credited as “Video By: Neill Blomkamp”. Yes, the Neil Blomkamp. The film master behind the Sci-Fi hit District 9. Assuming done by him the video in question shows two gentlemen pulling to the side of the road to look at an alien like creature (Whoever did the creature design on this “thing” did a pretty fantastic job making something downright ugly.) in a puddle on the side of the road. That’s it. WTF? Could this be a viral teaser for Blomkamp’s next project?
Just coming in past the one minute mark it’s one messed up video:
Here’s a little background info on the video thanks to /film:
Here is what I’ve discovered. 18.12 is the number of the issue of WiReD that this video appears in. I did some searching and found out that a Beverly Hills-based company named Sable Productions Ltd. filed for the trademark “AGM Heartland” on October 18th 2010. The trademark use is labeled as:
Entertainment services by way of an online website with video, audio and textual content and images featuring characters and storylines about a fictional genetic engineering company that produces genetically engineered and altered organisms
The fact that it mentions only online and not theatrical or television makes me think it’s not related to a film project… but you never know. My guess is it’s for some kind of online narrative.
Personally I really dig the design of the creature.. looking forward to seeing what exactly this is all about. Hopefully more details will be revealed in the coming weeks. If I were to take a guess I think this is another political Sci-Fi piece from Blomkamp, using the story of The Montauk Monster as his inspiration.
The problem with making scary monsters actually, you know, scary, is that what seems scary on the page can end up being crap on the screen. That hasn’t stopped people from trying it anyway. Here, in no particular order, are some movie monsters that didn’t so much make you scream as they made you say, “WTF?”