James Cameron confirms that Project 880 is Avatar..
March 1, 2006 –
Filmmaker James Cameron has confirmed that his next Project is indeed a revival of Avatar, a highly ambitious science fiction picture that Cameron has had on the back-burner for years. Cameron told the news to AICN, http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=22599 and confirmed that it's in active development along with another sci-fi project of his, Battle Angel Alita.
Although Avatar/880 has gotten more attention lately, Cameron admitted that he doesn't know yet which of his films he will made first.
Avatar, based on a script treatment Cameron wrote years ago, is the story of an interplanetary war, a love story, and strange aliens that manifest themselves by using humans as their avatars. It sounds like a remarkable departure from anything Hollywood has produced lately, and even Cameron himself described the film to Business Week as "completely crazy, balls-out sci-fi". The director also has plans to tie the film in with a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
Cameron's other sci-fi project, Battle Angel Alita, he envisions as a "three-year cycle", an epic trilogy. It's based on a Japanese manga series and tells the story of a 14-year-old cyborg in the 26th century.
Since no big names have committed to lead either project, Cameron says he can afford to put off deciding which to do first until the last minute. Whichever he picks, it'll be the first movie to use the new digital 3-D film technology he's been hard at work developing. Cameron, like many in the industry, feel that 3-D is going to have its day soon, and the technology for watching 3-D features at home is ready — simply waiting for the movies to become available. Cameron also intends to take advantage of the faster frame-rates that new digital projectors are capable of; unlike traditional film, which projects 24 frames per second, digital projectors can do 40 fps and faster — speeds that are "absolutely essential" for the fast-paced action scenes he's putting into Avatar and Battle Angel.
In a few months, Cameron expects to know which film to concentrate on. Whichever he chooses, filmgoers can expect an experience they've never had before.