There’s been much talk of the upcoming Avatar films recently; last week, producer Jon Landau clarified that they would be shooting the second and third Avatar films back-to-back, then James Cameron chimed in that if there was to be a fourth film, it would be a prequel. Now Cameron has revealed he’s in the process of making up an ocean ecosystem for Pandora. Read on for more.

ComingSoon got the chance to talk to Cameron about Avatar 2 and 3 when he made an appearance at Best Buy in New York’s Union Square on Monday to discuss the new Blu-ray release of Titanic.

One subject they touched upon was Cameron’s previous oceanographic exploration themes in movies such as Titanic, The Abyss and his documentaries, and what aspects he would still like to explore in his upcoming movies. This was his answer:

“We’re doing ‘Avatar’ films now, so we’re making up an ocean ecosystem for Pandora. That’s gonna have less to do with the deep exploration that I’ve done than it has to do with my concerns about conservation of Earth’s oceans. The fact that we’re basically overfishing, climate change… a few degrees of temperature rise are gonna basically take out the coral reefs. All those beautiful images of the coral environments we all grew up with won’t exist in 50 years at the rate we’re going in terms of pumping greenhouse gases into the environment. These are the things that concern me.”

Cameron went on to state that there wasn’t a direct map between the deep ocean exploration that he’s done and the ocean stuff that they’re working on in the Avatar films, but that he was going to continue in the future making documentaries and continuing “explorations stuff”, because he’s always been fascinated by that. He continued by saying:

“We don’t have to explore the coral reefs at this point because we understand them very well. We also understand that they’re dying and they’re ultimately doomed if we don’t change our profligate ways. I hope that explains it, ’cause people have connected the dots directly together. ‘Oh, going to the challenger deep has a direct connection to what we’re going to see in Avatar 2,’ and that’s not the case at all. It’s all the scuba diving I did before I even started the deep ocean stuff that has more of a direct connection to Avatar 2 & 3, which by the way won’t take place completely in or under the water. That’s just part of the environment of Pandora that we’re going to see.”

It certainly sounds like Cameron is very deeply involved in the details when it comes to the Avatar series – and after all, why shouldn’t he be? The first film was a phenomenon in theaters, where it made an unprecedented $2.78 Billion dollars worldwide, and more than $750 Million domestic. But will the rest be as successful? Only time will tell.

Twentieth Century Fox was targeting a December 2014 release date for Avatar 2 and a December 2015 release for Avatar 3.

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