All aboard the Avatar train! Next stop Pandora!

I won’t lie: I have been on the skeptical side of the fence when it comes to Avatar. Not because I thought the film was going to be a dud or not fun to watch, but because I didn’t think all the hype was justified. Well, I just watched the International Trailer for Avatar, and I must say, color me impressed. Today, Coming Soon has dropped a new behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of Avatar and it gives some further insight on the film.

Avatar is the 10+ year brainchild of Aliens director James Cameron and is supposed to be the greatest achievement in cinema since the addition of color and sound. The 20th Century Fox endeavor is reported to have a production budget somewhere between $200 and $300 million, which would make it the most expensive film created to date. There is no shortage of recognizable actors attached to the project: Sam Worhtington (Clash of the Titans), Michelle Rodriguez (Machete), Sigourney Weaver (Paul), Giovanni Ribisi (Public Enemies) and Zoe Saldana (The Losers).

Enjoy the featurette after the jump.

While most of the featurette is dedicated to inflating director James Cameron’s ego by reminding us that it was he who wrote the script and came up with the planet Pandora (or did he?), there are some interesting tidbits on the characters, both human and Na’vi. I would have liked to see more informational background on the human characters but I can understand wanting the focus to be on the CGI heavy Na’vi.

The domestic trailer for Avatar drops today at 1pm EST/10am PST and we’ll have it up as soon as it does but I don’t plan on watching it. At this point in the game I’m excited to see Avatar and I don’t want my experience ruined by trailers or features that give away too much information.

Did you enjoy the Avatar featurette and if you were with me on the skeptical side of the fence does the trailer or featurette sway you to the other side? If not, why?

Avatar drops into theaters December 18th, 2009.

Source: Coming Soon