James Cameron’s forthcoming Avatar has been trumpeted as the future of cinema, pointing the way to a brave new world of 3D computer-generated film production. But could it be that this future has already come and gone – flopping at the box office back in 2008? In the distant future, a human ex-marine is thrust unwillingly into the battle to exploit a resource-rich planet, and finds himself crossing over to help the alien race instead. The makers of the little-seen animated fantasy Delgo certainly think so and are considering legal action against Avatar’s backers 20th-century Fox. “From what we have seen, we are amazed by the visual similarities between the two films,” Atlanta-based Fathom Studios said in a statement. “We are considering what legal options may be available to us.”
AVATAR takes us to a spectacular new world beyond our imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery, as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization. The film was first conceived by Cameron 14 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not yet exist. Now, after four years of actual production work, AVATAR delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film, disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.
In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na’vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture.
In theaters: December 18, 2009