[movie id="301495"]"Avatar"[/movie] is still kicking around in a few theaters these days, a full seven months after it arrived at the multiplex and began its march toward $749.6 million in domestic ticket sales. But ever since March, when "Alice in Wonderland" began muscling aside James Cameron's big blue aliens from a large swath of 3-D-enabled theaters, "Avatar" has gradually disappeared from screens across the country to the point where it was shown in just nine theaters nationwide this past weekend.
All that will change on August 27, the date of the long-awaited "Avatar" re-release. Fox has announced that the film will be screened exclusively in Digital 3-D and IMAX 3-D and that the movie will include eight never-before-seen minutes of Pandoran goodness. Fox cited the post-"Avatar" explosion of 3-D screens as a key reason for the re-release, allowing many folks their first chance to see the film in three dimensions.
"We were still playing very strongly in 3-D theaters until a lot of our 3-D theaters went by contractual agreement to 'Alice in Wonderland,' " Cameron told MTV News in March. "So, we know people still want to have that theatrical experience. We actually think that the home experience and the theatrical experience can co-exist."
Another viewing of the original "Avatar" will have to do for now, because there is still no word about when a sequel will shift into production. Last we heard, in April, was that Cameron had plans to take a second "Avatar" into the depths of an alien ocean.
"I'm going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won't be a rain forest," the director said.
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