Published at: Jan. 8, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST by quint
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Well, it's officially happening. Fox has given James Cameron $200 million to move forward on AVATAR. The light is green, the trap is clean.
Cameron announced the project as being the mysterious Project 880 back in February with an interview with Harry and a lot of the big announcement made today has been known, like Weta's involvement in bringing the heavily mo-capped film into reality.
Sam Worthington, whom I really liked in SOMERSAULT and look forward to seeing him do battle with a giant croc in the upcoming ROGUE, is playing the male lead and Zoe Saldana is playing the female lead. You might recognize Saldana from the bit part of Anamaria in the first PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN flick.
Filming with the actors shoots in April.
Harry called to tell me he's supposed to be on the phone with Cameron later today to discuss the details, so watch for this story to be updated or a brand new one pop up in the left hand column there when Harry talks to the main man.
To hold you over, here's a link to an in-depth New York Times piece that just hit! (Thanks Mike!) Enjoy!!!!