Jan 09, 2007 11:26 AM EST

James Cameron's Avatar Filming in April

James Cameron will be hitting the director's chair in April 2007 for the first time since Titanic. He will begin principal photography on his upcoming film, Avatar. The movie is set for a Summer 2009 release.

This science fiction movie will be bringing Cameron back to the genre he is so well known for.  Avator is about a wounded ex-marine who is unwillingly sent to settle and exploit a planet rich in biodiversity.  The marine eventually joins up with the indigenous people and leads them into a fight for their planet and for their survival.

Avatar has been in the works for over a decade. It has taken that long to work on the technology needed in order to produce the surroundings and landscape of the planet. He will use revolutionary image-based performance capture techniques, and a real time camera system, to produce new worlds and blend them with live action performances in ways never possible before. 

Cameron said, "For me, as a lifelong fan of science fiction and action, 'Avatar' is a dream project. We're creating an entire world, a complete ecosystem of phantasmagorical plants and creatures, and a native people with a rich culture and language. The story is both epic and emotional. The two things that make this film even possible are pioneering advances in CG effects and performance capture, as well as my 22 year relationship with Fox, since only with great trust can you operate so close to the cutting edge. I plan to honor that relationship by bringing them a winner. And I have the team to do it, the best team of artists and technicians I've ever been privileged to work with. This one's going to be a grand adventure."
Source: 20th Century Fox
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