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Avatar Watch: Action Figures, Concept Art, Novel

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 6, 2009 at 6:52AM

While James Cameron and the VFX wizards at Weta Digital in Wellywood are trying to finish the last big effects sequences in Avatar--which is set for December 18 release--Cameron is also working on many of the ancillary marketing and licensing sidelines that will help sell this pricey 3-D movie. (The official sticker price is $237 million, but we can safely assume that that figure is 1) low and 2) counting.)
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While James Cameron and the VFX wizards at Weta Digital in Wellywood are trying to finish the last big effects sequences in Avatar--which is set for December 18 release--Cameron is also working on many of the ancillary marketing and licensing sidelines that will help sell this pricey 3-D movie. (The official sticker price is $237 million, but we can safely assume that that figure is 1) low and 2) counting.)

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In the works is a 2-D novel, videogame, and action figures and collectibles, among other things.

And here's some yummy concept art of planet Pandora, which takes five years for Jake Sully (Sam Worthington, pictured in avatar form with Na'vi tribal princess Neytiri, acted by Zoe Saldana) to travel to in a galaxy far far away.

This article is related to: Digital Future, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Studios, James Cameron, Avatar, Sci-fi, Twentieth Century Fox


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.