(Mark Kennedy’s article appeared on the AP, 9/9; via the Drudge Report.)
NEW YORK (AP) — The first "Avatar" sequel is still years away from hitting movie theaters, but fans of the blue-hued Na'vi can get their fix at a touring Cirque du Soleil show that James Cameron helped create – without his having to reveal too much of what's up his cinematic sleeve.
Cameron, who plans four sequels starting in 2018, served as a consultant on "Toruk – The First Flight," a stadium show that opened in Montreal in November and has since toured North America.
The writer and director suggested to the Cirque team things that the Na'vi might do or how they might think about certain things, but said he largely let writer-directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon create freely.
"I was just a cheerleader on the side with some pom-poms," Cameron said this week when the show stopped in Brooklyn. "Interestingly, left to their own devices, the Cirque guys creatively wound up resonating very, very closely to the overall arc of the four-sequel saga."