Moving on, Cameron explains his decision for the look of the Na’Vi native aliens on the planet Pandora featured in Avatar.

“I wasn’t going for the alien. I wasn’t going for the ugly and strange. I was going for something that’s an expression of beautiful human movement in the film. They symbolize the best of us in the way the film works subconsciously, which I feel is aspirational. What they really are is a heightened sense of ourselves and what we could and should be.”

On the topic of  what the story is really about as well the sequel, Cameron says the movie “is not true science fiction in the sense of saying, ‘This is what contact with an alien species would be like.’ It’s not about that at all. It’s about how we’ve lost contact with ourselves in a natural state. So if we fail, it all ends there, but if we are successful then we’ll make more films, and that world will continue to flesh itself out and be a place that fans can go to.”

So, aside from producing Battle Angel and Sanctum and working on a bunch of other in-development projects, James Cameron may eventually helm an Avatar sequel but next up he’ll be sticking to the sci-fi genre working with a script from Shane Salerno, the man behind the screenplays for Shaft and Aliens vs Predator – Requiem. Salerno’s profile is expanding exponentially with him penning a script for Cameron as well as the screenplay for the untitled Bob Orci-Alex Kurtzman project.

UPDATE BELOW

We now know what project James Cameron will be working on with writer Shane Salerno. It turns out that it’s another Digital 3D project a la Avatar and it’s a remake of Fantastic Voyage, the 1966 adventure sci-fi film about a team of scientists who shrink themselves (and their submarine) to enter the brain and save the life of a nearly-assassinated diplomat.

Cameron however will not be directing, but will be producing the project.

As for the Avatar sequels? The movie is getting positive reviews from the press premieres that took place yesterday (read our Avatar review here) and Fox is happy about the idea of making a sequel for a significantly lesser financial and time investment, said Cameron at the premiere.

“So in terms of the pitch it was: OK, you’ve spent a lot of money on the first one; on the second one we’ll be able to amortize it and focus on the story and all that … and they bought that.”

He’s worked out plots for two more films, so if the first film lives up to its newly positive buzz, expect another trip to Pandora…

What do you think and what would you like to see next from James Cameron?

Sources: Production Weekly, /Film, Sci Fi Wire, Variety

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