The A-Z Of Avatar

is for Zoe

Zoe Saldana, who was part of why Star Trek rocked, had been working with James Cameron for a while before JJ Abrams recruited her for Starfleet.

“Jim wrote this amazing story out of nothing, it has an amazing message,” enthuses the actress.

“And the technology that he's using is so ahead of his time that's why it took so long to shoot it.

“But it's going to be so worth it. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.”

is for Years

14 of them to be exact. Fourteen years ago is when all those fragments and inspirations finally coalesced into Cameron’s brain-pool and he pumped out the

first treatment for the movie.

It was a little long…

“I had to rework to make it possible,” he says.

“My treatment was so expansive and novelistic that it needed to be necked down just to make it something that could be done on the screen.

“This film is done on an epic scale, but it's done within the parameters of a Hollywood movie. What I found is that instead a script I had written the outline of a novel, and it was just too much story, too much back-story, too many secondary characters.

“But better to weed it out later and not miss an idea.”

Oh, and Avatar itself has taken four years of shooting and post-production…


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