Ready For Avatar: The Live Show?

James Cameron is working with Cirque du Soleil

Ready For Avatar: The Live Show?

by James White |
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When James Cameron said in 2012 that he was in the Avatar business, he, in true James Cameron style, was not messing around. With three sequels to the film about to kick off shooting, a theme park attraction planned for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Florida, the world of Pandora-set spin-offs is growing again with news that there will be a touring live show based on the movie.

Following in the tradition of Marvel, DC and other companies, Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment are putting together the show for a global tour next year. And since this is James Cameron, no half-measures are involved, with the director cooking up the concept alongside no less a company than Cirque du Soleil. The idea, apparently, was hatched years ago, before Avatar itself had even reached cinemas and become a big hit.

“Our relationship with Jim Cameron began with my visit at his Avatar cutting room,” says Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil president and chief executive in a statement picked up by The Wrap. “I am thrilled that almost five years later, Cirque du Soleil will be able to explore the very inspirational Avatar realm for the live stage.”

No details are available about what the show might entail, as the creative team is not yet in place. But if you’ve always wanted to see Stephen Lang, Colonel Quaritch represented by modern performance dance, you may yet get your chance (although we suspect, spoilsports that they are, that they'll focus on breathtaking Pandora visuals and aerial acrobatics instead).

The Avatar film sequels, meanwhile, are scheduled to hit in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Meanwhile, let this invade your lugholes{ =nofollow}. Just because.

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