'Avatar' Sequels Head To Ocean, Other Planets, James Cameron Says

On eve of the movie's DVD release, director reveals his plans beyond Pandora's rain forest.

After making the [article id="1630535"]top-grossing film of all time[/article] -- for the second time -- you'd think [movie id="301495"]"Avatar"[/movie] director James Cameron would be content to sit back and enjoy his success for a while. Instead, the filmmaker behind the biggest blockbusters in cinema's history is keeping busy: "Avatar" arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this Thursday, a [article id="1634987"]theatrical re-release[/article] of the film is planned for later this year, and thoughts are already starting to turn to the second chapter in the unfolding story of the Na'vi and the RDA.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Cameron revealed that he wants to visit another part of Pandora in the sequel, someplace that audiences haven't yet seen. "Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment -- a different setting within Pandora," he said. "And 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."

Looking past the sequel -- "Avatar" was conceived as a trilogy -- Cameron intends to leave behind the lush alien world and give viewers a glimpse of the surrounding space. "We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That's not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system [in subsequent films] and incorporate more into the story -- not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film."

There's no timetable yet, but the hard part is done: The stunning 3-D effects on display in "Avatar" are the result of years spent developing the technology. For Cameron, the ideal would be to "do what we did before at half the price and in half the time." But he doesn't think that's a realistic goal, conceding that "if we can reduce by 25 percent in both categories, we'll have really accomplished something."

Of course, there's still more to come from the first "Avatar." Part of the reasoning for a re-release is to put the movie in front of audiences who might not have caught it the first time around, as it was still doing big business when "Alice in Wonderland" ousted it from most 3-D screens. Repeat customers have something new to look forward to as well, however.

"We're working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film -- which includes a lot of Weta work -- for a theatrical re-release in August," Cameron said. "So we're going to wait until there's a time to come back in, inject the new footage into the mix and see if we can interest people in the 'Avatar' experience in theaters."

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