You may have seen this coming, but it’s being reported that Disney Parks, James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox have come to an agreement that will see Disney Parks creating theme parks based on Cameron’s Avatar, the biggest movie ever made.
The first thing up will be at Walt Disney World within the Animal Kingdom where it’s assumed a little piece of Pandora will be built “with emphasis on living in harmony with nature.” Construction on the first park is planned for sometime in 2013.
Of the huge deal, Cameron said â€œAvatar created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, weâ€™ll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before. With two new Avatar films currently in development, weâ€™ll have even more locations, characters and stories to explore. Iâ€™m chomping at the bit to start work with Disneyâ€™s legendary Imagineers to bring our Avatar universe to life. Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park goers the chance to see, hear, and touch the world of Avatar with an unprecedented sense of reality.â€
Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment will act as creative consultants on any theme parks made for Disney Parks around the globe.
Much like Cameron above, Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman also spoke on the announcement, including a mention of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. The pair said â€œThis exciting new venture combines the world of Avatar with the enormous reach of Disney and the incomparable talent of Jim Cameron. While Jim is bringing audiences further into Pandora with the next two chapters in the Avatar motion picture saga, the theme park attraction will likewise bring a new dimension to the amazing universe he created.â€