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James Cameron Working on an 'Avatar' Cirque du Soleil Show

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 29, 2014 at 1:55PM

Not only has James Cameron got a slew of "Avatar" sequels on his long-term slate, he's also now taking his blue Na'vi to the circus. The director is set to develop an "Avatar" live production for Cirque du Soleil.
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Not only has James Cameron got a slew of "Avatar" sequels on his long-term slate, he's also now taking his blue Na'vi to the circus. The director is set to develop an "Avatar" live production for Cirque du Soleil.

The show is slated for a late 2015 bow -- this would be about a year before "Avatar 2" arrives in theaters, if IMDb's dates remain correct. Cameron is currently on pre-production for that film.

Very few details have yet been revealed, other than the show being "inspired" by the 2009 blockbuster that amassed $2.7 billion worldwide. Twentieth Century Fox will act as a partner on the live production.

This is the second collaboration between Cameron and Cirque du Soleil. Along with "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson he worked on 2012's "Worlds Away," which had a 3D theatrical release.

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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.