The oceans of Pandora
The oceans of Pandora and their threatened conditions will be a major focus of James Cameron's upcoming Avatar sequel.
"We will see the oceans of Pandora," Cameron told ABCNews. "Which we haven't seen at all, and that's an ecosystem I'm dying to start designing because it's going to look spectacular."
The director confirmed that the next five years would be spent writing the second and third films, which he termed a "continuation" of the original Avatar's message: a beautiful world threatened with destruction.
"The themes can play out in a way people can accept. I'm not going to become more strident," said Cameron.
"Well, we got away with this much environmental content in the first movie - not, 'Let's double it.' I think that would be a mistake because it has to be entertainment, first and foremost."
The director also seemed to confirm that Sigourney Weaver would appear in Avatar 2, despite the fact that she died in the first film.
"Have you ever heard of nonlinear storytelling? A lot happens on that planet before she shows up, and before Jake shows up to join her. She's there for fifteen years ahead of time," Cameron told Vulture.
"When you have a science-fiction series, a science-fiction franchise, you're never dead, unless your DNA is expunged from the universe. And then there's always time travel."
Finally, Cameron confirmed that the next two Avatar films would be produced with help from solar power - so the franchise remains true to its environmentally conscious message.
"We use a lot of computer power, and so you got a lot of people at work stations. We're drawing on a lot of wattage for all the computers and render machines.
"[So] what we're going to do is, essentially, put a 1.2-megawatt solar power station on the roof of our new facility so we will actually be net zero in energy. We'll get it all from the sun to power the next two 'Avatar' films."