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While at the Critics Choice Awards MTV caught up with Avatar director James Cameron and they asked him a few questions people are interested in. Regarding it’s box office gross Cameron said “it’s just a matter of time” before Avatar overtakes Titanic, and he seems pretty confident about it. The film is expected to take another $50 million in the US this weekend, so it’s edging closer to the $1.8 billion mark (Avatar is currently at $1.4).
The conversation then switched to the Avatar DVD and Blu-ray. Zoe Saldana said a few weeks ago that stuff was cut from the ‘sex scene’ as they wanted to keep a PG-13 rating. Cameron addressed that and also spoke about the extra footage that will be on the DVD/Blu-ray:
We took a good 10 seconds out of that scene. So people shouldn’t [get too worked up over it],” he grinned. “I think it’s one of those cases where the fantasy vastly exceeds the reality.”
Still, fans can look for that scene — and others — in an upcoming DVD that Cameron is compiling, but one that he stopped short of labeling with a phrase we hear all too often. “The ‘director’s cut’ is what we release,” Cameron said. “What we do is we do a special edition, where you could select a longer version of the film that has some scenes reinstated. But it’s really more of a fan version than a director’s version.
“[The fan version] will be 10 or 12 minutes longer,” he revealed. “Something like that.”
Finally, when asked about the sequel Cameron said he might step away from Pandora for a while and “there’s some possibility of doing another film in between. But we’ll certainly get busy talking about what the strategy is [for an ‘Avatar’ sequel], whether it makes sense to do it and laying any technical groundwork that needs to be done. These are big projects.”
Cameron recently optioned the rights to The Last Train From Hiroshima, a book about the events surrounding the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan during WWII, so that could be a possibility. There is also Battle Angel which has been in development for years. The film is based on the first three volumes of the manga series “Battle Angel Alita” and tells the story of a female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapheap by a scientist in the 26th century.