One note about Avatar before I start: it’s suffering from a terrible identity disorder. When I’ve talked to people about Avatar, I get halfway in before I realize they’re thinking of Avatar: The Last Airbender (a Nickelodeon cartoon coming to the big screen with M. Night Shyamalan behind the wheel). So, this is not that. This is James Cameron’s Avatar.
Driving to our hotel on Wednesday, the Comic-Con banners on the lampposts of San Diego could not be missed. Flanking each banner of the iconic CCI “eye” logo was another eye, staring out from an almost-human-kinda-kitty, blue face with the name “Avatar” emblazoned on the bottom. I now knew a total of three things about this movie.
- It was James Cameron’s.
- It took place on another planet.
- There were blue people, or something that looked like blue people.
James Cameron's Avatar
The details of Avatar had been kept tightly under wraps; save for instances like Stephen Spielberg coming forward to say that “Avatar will be the biggest 3-D live-action film ever”. So, when James Cameron came out on stage, the refreshed crowd at Hall H cheered wildly (completely full again, despite the Twlighters leaving, with people still waiting in line hoping to get in). He spoke about how this movie was 14 years in the making and that when he tried to approach the film once in 1995, he was told it couldn’t be made because they didn’t have the technology to do it. It wasn’t until advances like the motion capture used for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings, did he think they were getting close.
James Cameron talks Avatar. Photo by Matt DeTurck.
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