It's Earth Day, and while a large percentage of Americans will be thinking about saving the planet, an equally large percentage will be thinking about leaving it. Those are the ones who will be rushing out to buy the blockbuster sci-fi epic Avatar on Blu-ray or DVD, which releases today instead of on a traditional Tuesday. Living up to the film's ecological themes, the film's studio has promised to plant a million trees around the world, but they've pruned the DVD a bit, as it won't have any special features or bonuses. We talked to the movie's producer, Jon Landau, to find out the thinking behind the release, what we can expect in terms of Avatar DVDs down the road, and what's next for director James Cameron's Titanic.
Now that his long-gestating sci-fi epic Avatar has made over one billion dollars, director James Cameron has all the options in the world. He already had "eff-you" money from Titanic (which made $1.84 billion), but now he has "eff-you-and-the-exo-suit-you-walked-in-with" money. We called up his office to ask him what his next step was and, after being told politely that Mr. Cameron was currently aboard his personal space shuttle, came up with this list of possibilities on our own.
When your movie has made a cool billion, the only thing that would prevent a sequel from being made would be if you sank the boat that gave your film its title and drowned most of your characters. James Cameron learned his lesson with Titanic, and this time he left most of his Avatar characters alive to continue their adventures. He's already hinted at moving onto yet another of Polyphemus's moons, but we can think of several adventures that could take place right there on Pandora. For just a fraction of a billion dollars, Mr. Cameron, these ideas can be yours!