James Cameron’s Avatar is scheduled for release later this year.
Avatar is set during the 22nd century on a small moon called Pandora, which orbits a gas giant, and is inhabited by the tribal Na’vi, ten foot tall, blue humanoids that are peaceful unless attacked. Humans cannot breathe Pandora air, so they genetically engineer human/Na’vi hybrids known as Avatars that can be controlled via a mental link.
A paralyzed Marine named Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) volunteers to exist as an Avatar on Pandora, falling in love with a Na’vi princess and becoming caught up in the conflict between her people and the human military that is consuming their world. (from Wikipedia entry).
The film also stars Zoe Saldana (the new Uhuru) as the Na’vi princess, Neytiri, Sigourney Weaver (whom Cameron worked with in Aliens), Michelle Rodriguez and Giovanni Ribisi.
The movie is being filmed in some high-tech, super-duper, 3D-computer generated technology that I’m not going to even pretend to understand.
Thursday, Cameron showed a preview of the movie to attendees of ComicCon in San Diego, which has evolved—or some might say devolved—beyond comics and become an über-convention of epic proportions for all things genre-related.
It is THE place to be if you love sci-fi, horror, comics, fantasy, or whatever’s considered popular entertainment. Seriously, if you get a chance go to the link above for ComicCon and just check out the schedule for the con. It’s humongous.
Also, in true Cameron style (remember his I’m the King of the World Academy Award acceptance speech) he has declared August 21st “Avatar Day.” Which means that all around the world at various Imax and movie theaters people will be able to see a 15 minute preview of the movie for free.
Now, notwithstanding my rather barbed poke at Cameron in above paragraph, I do want to see this movie. First because there has been a dearth of sci-fi movies at the theaters of late.
Oh, there’s been a few but to be honest they were either deadly dull or took themselves waaaay too seriously for me to really enjoy.
*cough* Solaris *cough* Sunshine
Star Trek was a lot of fun (waiting breathlessly for DVD release) and I’m hungering for more. Now, from what I’ve been able to gather, however, Avatar doesn’t sound like it’s going to be something you can take the kiddies to but I don’t know too much about that as information, so far, is rather scarce.
I do know there’s some kind of Romeo/Juliet romance between Worthington and Saldana’s character (who is entirely computer generated) and there’s conflict between the humans and the Na’vi. But that’s about it.
But based on this quote from an article from the Associated Press– “Avatar” introduces viewers to the planet of Pandora, where the lithe, blue, indigenous Na’vi people inhabit a lush and wondrous place dense with green forests, fluorescent pink flowers, bizarre hammerhead dinosaurs and flying dragons.—I’m planning on seeing it and looking forward to seeing it.
Some have likened Avatar to John Carter on Mars. Never read John Carter on Mars, so wouldn’t know. All I know is that I’m currently working on a space opera, having fun writing it, and I’d like to see more romantic, adventurous sci-fi movies and books.
So, Avatar? Yeah, I’m there.