New ‘Avatar’ May Have Chinese Twist
New ‘Avatar’ May Have Chinese Twist, James Cameron is looking at having “Chinese Na’vi” characters in the sequel to his blockbuster film. Now that James Cameron is doing business with China, don’t be surprised if Chinese Na’vi pop up in the Avatar sequels. In August, the Cameron/Pace Group, which the director founded with Vince Pace, announced CPG China, a joint venture with the state-owned Tianjin North Film Group and Tianjin Hi-Tech Holding Group to provide camera systems and other 3D production services in the northern port city of Tianjin.
Cameron, 58, still plans to shoot the performance-capture work on Avatar 2 and 3 in Los Angeles, liveaction photography in Wellington, New Zealand, and VFX work at Wellingtonbased Weta Digital once preproduction finishes and filming gets under way in 2013. “That was the model for the first film, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he tells THR.
But Cameron acknowledges that there are reasons to do some of the work on the films in China, saying, “Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production. We are already funded on Avatar 2 and 3, but if we qualify as a co-production, there might be some incentives in the percentage of revenue we can take out of China.