Last week, sources were saying James Cameron's plans to take a submersible to the deepest part of the Marianas Trench to capture underwater 3D footage for 'Avatar 2' were in jeopardy thanks to the recent earthquake in Japan. The director seems undaunted by that news and has other tricks up his sleeve to bring a sense of realism to the sequel to the highest-grossing film of all time. For example, he plans to take his cast to the rain forests of the Amazon and let them spend time with the indigenous tribes who live there.
The filmmaker, who is currently in Manaus for the second International Forum on Sustainability, feels that the experience will allow his actors to appreciate the setting and people that inspired 'Avatar,' and make the film even better.
"'Avatar' is a film about the rain forest and its indigenous people," Cameron said. "Before I start to shoot the two films, I want to bring my actors here, so I can better tell this story. Actors could learn about the natives and what real life in the jungle is like." Hopefully, this will make it easier for some poor thespian to stand in front of a giant green screen and pretend he's in a lush alien forest.
Cameron, who's attending the conference alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger (a fact that has many wondering if the duo behind the first two 'Terminator' films and 'True Lies' are cooking up a new collaboration), has already learned much from the experience. He took the former governor to meet tribal leaders and was given the honorary name "Krapremp-Ti" by the chieftain of the Caipo tribe. The name apparently means "man who is a friend of the jungle," and Cameron assures us that it will be a character name in the next film. He also adds that if he'd met the Caipo tribe before shooting the original film, he's certain it would have been better.
Just when the next films will happen is still open to speculation. It took the director over a decade to get 'Avatar' to theaters and while he seems quite busy laying the groundwork for the new installments, no one has been officially cast yet and plot details are scarce. The real question is, does it matter to you that Cameron's going to such great lengths to create a real-world link in the films or are you just there for the awesome 3D and visual effects?