It was just a few nights ago that I caught the ending of James Cameron’s Titanic on television and tweeted the epiphany that Lost basically stole their ending from the Avatar director. Now he’s penetrated my world again, just days later, and transferred some clarifications via USB-tail to my brain about Sigourney Weaver reprising her role in Avatar 2. Now, I was curious as to why she wouldn’t be appearing in the sequel, having still not seen the original (I know, right?), but apparently it’s because she died. The more you know.
Anyways, while on the red carpet of an awards ceremony where Popular Mechanics was giving him a Breakthrough Award, J-Cam spoke with Vulture and elaborated on statements Weaver had previously made about returning, possibly as a Jedi ghost, and also talked a bit about the forthcoming Avatar-themed park at Disney. It may or may not involve time-travel and DNA expunging. The Weaver part, that is, not the park. That would be awesome, though.
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Vulture: Sigourney is giving you the award tonight, and she’s supposed to be in Avatar 2, despite her character dying in the first Avatar.
Cameron: Did I say she was going to be in Avatar 2? [Grins.]
Vulture: She said she was.
Cameron: Well, I don’t want to disabuse her of that fantasy. But have you ever heard of nonlinear storytelling? A lot happens on that planet before she shows up, and before Jake shows up to join her. She’s there for fifteen years ahead of time. I don’t know, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions. And I’ve already said way too much about Avatar 2 and 3 here and there, but people piece it together like those voice cameos and tell the whole story!
Vulture: Okay, I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t like what they did to Ripley when she died. Editor’s note: Ripping off Alien: Resurrection would put my butt in a seat opening night at midnight.
Cameron: Okay, here’s the deal. When you have a science-fiction series, a science-fiction franchise, you’re never dead, unless your DNA is expunged from the universe. And then there’s always time travel!
And here’s the bit about the Avatar park at Disney. J-Cakes will apparently only be consulting.
We’re going to meet and discuss it. They have big plans for it. They want to do a land, a number of different attractions, maybe a flight attraction, and retail outlets, things like that, make a whole environment of it, a themed experience. You would feel like you’re on Pandora. So I think my job and what I look forward to doing is making sure it’s consistent with Na’vi culture, with the themes and values of Avatar, and the next films as well. And they seem very open to that.