James Cameron has been making the rounds to promote the April 2012 re-release of 'Titanic 3D,' but the Oscar-winning King of the World recently sat down with ABC's Nightline to discuss something other than filmmaking: his role as an environmentalist and hybrid owner. Thankfully for you, that topic didn't stop ABC's Bill Weir from asking a few movie-related questions, including the director's thoughts on the upcoming 'Avatar' sequels. First and foremost, viewers will have the opportunity to explore another side of the Na'avi planet Pandora: the ocean.
Well, I'm really writing the second and third films together, so it completes a kinda three film story arc. And we will see the oceans of Pandora ... which we haven't seen at all, and that's an ecosystem that I'm dying to start designing because its going to look spectacular. But now it narrows the spotlight instead of just nature in general or the rainforest. It focuses it a little more on ocean issues, because we have a planet that's a blue planet. From a distance, you look at it, the Earth is a lot more blue than it is, you know brown, the land mass. We're making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now. For a lot or reasons. It's just a way to focus a little energy in that direction. And there will be other planets as well, besides Pandora. It will be a cornucopia, a treat for the eyes.
The director added that while the sequels would have the same feel as the first movie, there will still be plenty of room for discovery -- for both audiences and the characters themselves.
I think it's just a continuation of the same thing. I want people to feel that same sense of excitement about that world. You know, the fictional Na'vi people and I want them to feel that excitement of discovery of a new world that they're going to see things that they haven't imagined. All that sort of the perk package of the first movie is still going to be there. And the themes will be there and be played out in a way that I think people can accept.
Cameron also addressed the political nature of the first film, and that the 'Avatar' sequels weren't going to hit you over the head with an overtly pro-environment message. (When the first movie was released, back in 2009, some wondered whether it was pure entertainment or a pointed political statement.)
I'm not going to become more strident. I'm not going to say, 'Well, we got away with this much environmental content in the first movie, now there's double.' Because I think that would be a mistake. It has to be entertainment first and foremost.
Oh, and as for 'Titanic,' Cameron recently watched it for the first time in five years. His thoughts? "You know, it's kinda slow at the beginning, [but] it gets going."

[ABC via Coming Soon]

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