There’s news coming from the world of Pandora.
James Cameron has been trying to direct the sci-fi action film Battle Angel Alita for years. But then, a little thing called Avatar happened. So now, instead of waiting another decade to helm the anime, he recruited Robert Rodriguez to do the honors.
A film contest, Jerusalem 2111, called for video shorts imagining the future of Jerusalem "as reflected by different communities around the world." Behold Jerusalem the flying city, the city of UFOs, and many other future visions of the Holy Land.
The pulp science fiction renaissance has begun. Edgar Rice Burroughs and E.E. "Doc" Smith both have Hollywood blockbusters in the pipeline. The Burroughs-inspired Avatar broke DVD sales records. But can today's creators update pulp storylines without including the cultural baggage?
James Cameron's keeping his options open, according to his longtime producer Jon Landau: He may not direct an Avatar sequel or Battle Angel next. Landau also explained to us how Cameron might do underwater motion-capture for Avatar 2's ocean scenes.
There are no firm plans for Avatar 2 yet, but James Cameron has been spending time in Brazil, talking to indigenous tribespeople about Pandora. We grilled producer Jon Landau about Avatar 2, plus why the Avatar DVD/Blu-Ray has no extras.