avatar cirque du soleil james cameronIn addition to working on three sequels to his blockbuster movie "Avatar," James Cameron is expanding the world of Pandora through a live performance collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

The touring arena show, performed by the famed acrobatic troupe, will debut ahead of the first of the film's three sequels, and is expected to be ready sometime next year. The idea was concocted well before the movie's big box office bow in 2009.

"Our relationship with Jim Cameron began with my visit at his 'Avatar' cutting room. I am thrilled that almost five years later, Cirque du Soleil will be able to explore the very inspirational 'Avatar' realm for the live stage," said Daniel Lamarre, president and chief executive of Cirque du Soleil.

Studio 20th Century Fox is helping bankroll both the "Avatar" sequels and the Cirque show. A creative team has not yet been assembled, though an announcement is expected soon.

"'Avatar' remains a phenomenon that continues to inspire people around the globe, and combining it with the live event ingenuity of Cirque de Soleil is a perfect synthesis of imagination and talent," said Jim Gianopulos, chairman and chief executive at Fox.

The first "Avatar" sequel is currently in pre-production, and the films are due out in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Stars Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington are reprising their roles from the original.

[via: TheWrap]

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