"Avatar" makers consider sequel, other 3D projects

Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:38pm EDT
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By Tova Cohen

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Hollywood producer Jon Landau said on Sunday he and director James Cameron were considering a sequel to 3D blockbuster "Avatar" among several new projects.

"This is the first week we are not thinking about 'Avatar'," Landau told reporters at a conference sponsored by the Israeli technology firm Matrix a week after the movie lost out to the Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" for best picture and director at the Oscars.

"We are talking about an 'Avatar' sequel as well as a small love story called 'The Dive' and a movie called 'Fantastic Voyage'."

Another project planned by the duo was "Battle Angel Alita," based on a Japanese novel set in the future and centering on a young female cyborg's quest for self-discovery.

Landau said a decision on which project they would pursue first would be taken within six months.

"We always said if the movie (Avatar) was successful we would do an 'Avatar 2' but we have to find the right story. Jim Cameron has done sequels before ... He will only do one if he believes it will be as good as the first," said Landau.

One thing is fairly certain about the next movie the pair make -- it will be in 3D.

"I don't think we will ever make another 2D film. Why would we make a movie in black and white if we have color?" Landau said. "I think ultimately all movies are going to be in 3D."   Continued...

<p>Producer Jon Landau (L) and director James Cameron accept the award for Best Action Movie for "Avatar" during the 15th Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>