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‘Avatar 2’ will head to the oceans, Cameron says

“Avatar,” the top-grossing film of all time, showcased its groundbreaking 3-D technology as the Na’vi soared through the skies of Pandora — but in the film’s sequel, James Cameron intends to go aquatic.

The director told the L.A. Times that a planned follow-up to the blockbuster film would head for the fictional planet’s oceans.

“Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment — a different setting within Pandora,” he told the newspaper. “And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.”

He also hinted at space travel — and a potential third film.

“We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system,” he said. “And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story — not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film.”

While “Avatar” cost hundreds of millions of dollars and took years to produce, Cameron said he’d have to trim the costs and time for “Avatar 2.”

“The challenge will be on the next “Avatar” picture… to do what we did before at half the price and in half the time,” he explained. “Again, that’s an impossible goal, we won’t accomplish that, but if we can reduce by 25 percent in both categories, we’ll have really accomplished something.”

In the meantime, “Avatar” will make a return to theaters in August with an extra six minutes of footage, with the DVD arriving this Thursday — just in time for Earth Day, a cause close to Cameron’s heart.

“I figured I’d be on vacation right now. I figured I’d make my big statement with the movie and let everyone else sort out what to do,” the director said of the film’s environmental message. “Turns out there aren’t that many people figuring out what to do… The average American doesn’t even believe climate change is real, they think it’s all a hoax… You’ve got to work against that.”