Will ‘Avatar’ Sequels Introduce Chinese Na’vi?
According to ‘Avatar‘ director James Cameron, “China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America,” which was probably why his company Cameron/Pace Group recently announced a new partnership venture called CPG China. The main goal is to set up camera and 3D production services to Tiajin, the northern city port, but what does this mean for Cameron and his upcoming projects? Well, according to him, it means we could be seeing Chinese Na’vi in ‘Avatar 2,’ ’3′ and ’4.’
In the latest issue of THR, Cameron chatted about this recent partnership with the Tianjin North Film Group and the Tianjin Hi-Tech Holding Group, and revealed some potential new details about the ‘Avatar’ sequels.
“… 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. We are running the numbers to see if that makes sense.”
We needn’t worry ourselves too much about major changes to the franchise, as Cameron is currently still planning to shoot the next two ‘Avatar’ films in Los Angeles, New Zealand and Wellington.. “That was the model for the first film, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said. But at the very least he could be bringing in some Chinese actors to portray the Na’vi because, as he said, accent issues will be masked by the character accents.
“We can have Chinese Na’vi; [and in the live-action sequences] we can also have Chinese actors who speak English in the film… We are projecting a future in ‘Avatar’, and if you project that future out, it is logical that there would be a number of Chinese amongst the contingent on Pandora.”
‘Avatar 2′ and ‘Avatar 3′ are rumored to be filmed back-to-back for tentative 2014 and 2015 release dates.