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 calledAvatar, 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.
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?
While James Cameron is working on the next two installments to the Avatar franchise he created, he spoke with MTV about the possibility of a fourth film. If it were to happen, it’d be a prequel to the story we all know so well by now, explaining the early expeditions of Pandora:
I have an idea for a fourth. I haven’t really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.
Because when we drop in, even in the first film in ‘Avatar 1,’ as it will be known in the future, we’re dropping into a process that’s 35 years in to a whole colonization. That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we’ll start, not imitating ‘Star Wars,’ but it’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan.
Seems like there’s definitely a lot of meat in these stories to be able to expand the film universe in the way that George Lucas did with Star Wars. I’m actually interested in seeing the lead-up to everything we’ve seen so far in this universe.
Cameron went on to talk about the next two films, which he’s currently working on and “writing two scripts together as one big thing”:
We’ve spent two years refining the whole pipeline. It was a hideously complex process to make that film and a lot has been said about that, but we don’t want it to be done in the same prototypical way as the first one, we want it to be a much smoother workflow just for creativity reasons.
Where do the ideas come from? Well, he clearly has a TARDIS and won’t admit to it:
You know, Peter Jackson had it easy, he already had the books. He had the books. Now if I had a time machine I could go forward and watch the movies and then come back, but I don’t!
On top of working on Avatar, Cameron still plans to get the film adaptation of the sci-fi manga series, Battle Angel, on the road.
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ABOVE: She’s no Sheena the She Devil, but this topless dinosaur rider is [lazorz]
Every week the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
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This week’s edition: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Dicks, buy your own Marauder’s Map, X-TREME DC Comics commercials, Doctor Who plushies, video games and smokin’ reefer might improve your memory, Darth Vader hair dryer, Call of Duty: Galactic Warfare, Tron: Legacy 8-bit, the surfing trooper, Ewan McGregor, Chris O’Dowd & Graham Norton play w/lightsabers, Leia comes to the logical conclusion, Gremlins tattoo, Hey! Listen! (stfu navi!), flying car, Millennium Falcon guitar, Game of Thrones theme on violins, sew your own Facehugger, Caution: adam WEsT FLOOR, leather Cyberman mask, first-person Pac-man, Ewok village mural, Poke-cake, Tony Stark of Winterfell, Pink Ranger the violinist, Admiral Ackbar’s plates, zombie bikinis.
Mmm, dude I love pickles. Wait, they’re really what? Barf. (Imgur)
I thought I had a lot of free time on my hands! Some talented photo shopper did some brill artwork with some celeb pics…If there is more to come, I haven’t heard yet, but I’m so entertained by these, I hope they keep rolling out new ones weekly. The Na’vi Celebs are the new “If They Had A Baby Mashups” (more…)
Not since Star Wars: Episode One have I dropped my lunch, lost control of my bowels and starred aimlessly in horror. I warn you. What is seen in the video below cannot be unseen. Youtube user glowpinkstah or whom I like to call mouth breather gives us a tuturial on how to make yourself up as the Na’vi, blue skinned cat people from James Camerons Avatar. Her reasoning for painting herself is so that she can find her own sexy man in a wheel chair with skinny legs. Eh, I can’t blame her, food is easier to prey upon when it can’t get away. Before you go wishing death upon this poor girl or go breaking out the harpoons it should be noted this chick is NOT being serious or atleast so I’m told. Regarless of her attempt at humor this video makes my penis sad.