As the premiere date for James Cameron's Avatar approaches we're going to be seeing more and more (and more) promotional events and/or materials rolled out to help convince us that Avatar is going to be awesome.
There's been SO much promo info dropping about Avatar in the last 24 hours that we're having to mash it into buffet-style roundups for your reading pleasure. On the menu for today:
- New info about the possible Avatar trilogy.
- NON-SPOILER snipits from an early "review."
- Six new Avatar TV Spots
That's a lot of stuff to get to, so we'd better get started.AVATAR 2 & 3?
Avatar star Sam Worthington might not be leaving planet Pandora anytime soon. Worthington let the guys over at Total Film in on the fact that he is actually signed on for two more installments, should Avatar become a box office hit (bloody likely at this point):
"You work 18-hour days. I was on it for 14 months. Jim's (Cameron) still editing. We'll still be filming it up to the day it's released -- probably after the movie comes out, knowing Jim! That commitment is what makes him the man he is. It's life or death. It's war. That's how he approaches movies... "We're signed for a trilogy. But I think I'll be 94 by the time it finishes, to be honest. I know Jim's got some ideas in his big head."
No word yet on whether the "We" Worthington mentions includes some of the other cast members of Avatar (though it wouldn't be a surprise if his co-star Zoe Saldana also returned). However, before anybody starts getting overly excited about an Avatar trilogy, let's all take the time on December 18th to make sure that the first installment is worth our while (and money).
Slash Film pointed us to a post over at Gawker, where you can read early feedback from an alleged industry "insider" who has seen "a fairly large glimpse" of Avatar. IMO, this so-called reviewer's claims come off as juvenile and aren't at all objective in terms of judging the film by any know critical standard - but they are the first words we've heard back from Joe Q. Public, so I'll show you a snippit of what Joe Q. had to say:
"...The problem is with cutting in between 3D focal points and perspective - the mind cannot adjust to it without a buffer - thus, Avatar is literally vomit inducing.
But the movie itself, the story/acting/tone are alienating and weird. Of course there are very beautiful moments, with great editing/sound/art direction, but overall it's a horrible POS. The entirety of the Hollywood marketing machine is behind it, however, so it's going to make a boatload (eh I could slip a Titanic ref. whatever) of money."
The guys at Slash Film pointed this out, and I concur: I was at the "Avatar Day" screenings this past summer, and I saw the fifteen minutes of footage that screened from the film, including "The Thanador Chase" sequence and the jaw-dropping "Banshee Flight" sequence. Both sequences were pretty fast-paced and had a lot of visuals for your eye to process - and not one bit of vomit was induced.
Of course I'm not one of those weaklings people who gets sick from "shaky cam" flicks, so maybe I'm biased...
SIX NEW TV SPOTS
No need to write a lot about these - if you've been near a TV in the last week you've probably seen one or more of them. Here are the six TV spots for Avatar currently in circulation:
Avatar will be in theaters December 18, 2009. Check back soon, because more promo materials are sure to follow tomorrow...