Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Cameron Takes Charge At Jackson's NZ Studio

"I don't care if I never work in Hollywood again," the veteran director said. Avatar, an original script conceived by Cameron and is set on a planet where humans can only survive by projecting their consciousness into genetically engineered bodies, called avatars.

"It's taken me 11 years to get the script right, and it took this long for the technology to catch up to my vision," said Cameron, who was special guest at Investment New Zealand's annual pre-Oscar bash in Beverly Hills last weekend.

Cameron said he has been keen to come back to New Zealand since he visited the country in 1994, and Peter Jackson's work on LOTR and King Kong convinced him to make Avatar there.

"Peter and I have become good friends over the past couple of years. He's a 3-D fanatic, like I am, and he loves the effects, and he loves fantasy film-making. I'm going to be relying on all the infrastructure he's built down there, from the live action soundstages to the Weta workshop, which will make the props and sets.

"It's going to be, 'Thanks for building all this, Peter. Now can you move out for a year and let me use it?' "

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