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  1. Production budget is $250 million each - the first two have to gross at least $1.0 B each maybe less depending on tax incentives (New Zealand)/cross promotions with major brands etc....in order to make it worthwhile.
  2. Avatar II - minimum $1 B in China based on this story alone lol!!! http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201812/25/WS5c21ea7fa310d91214050c75.html Two people dressed as characters from the film, Avatar, walk on tightropes in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park on Dec 23, 2018. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn] As part of a hike, eight stunts dressed as characters from Avatar and walked on a tightrope strung between mountains over 1,000 meters high to compete in an international tightrope-walking contest held in Zhangjiajie, Central China's Hunan province on Sunday. Nearly 5,000 outdoor sports enthusiasts from all over the country went hiking in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Huangshizhai that day as a way to welcome the New Year. Walking on a tightrope is a kind of new sports activity that requires balancing ability. Those who do it need to complete a variety of technical movements. The rope is normally a 2.5 cm wide and 3 cm thick nylon strap. According to Man Jiahua, one of the contestants, the sport of tightrope walking is known to few in China. The competition held in Hunan this time was a good opportunity for more people to learn about it. Huangshizhai is famed for its stunning peaks and various plants, and was the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in the movie, Avatar.
  3. I watched The Godfather I and II over the holidays for the first time in years, Cameron has been quoted saying that the Avatar sequels will follow a similar template (cross generational family saga), well I hope the ending is a lot more positive for Jake than it was for Michael Corleone.... If one can take anything from The Godfather saga and transfer it to Jake/Neytiri's situation it's that their family and their clan will be under attack constantly from the RDA, other Na'vi clans and even internally from their own members who betray them. Zoe posted a photo of herself in motion capture gear for Avatar from earlier this year.
  4. The artistic success or failure of this movie will rest 100% on the shoulders of Cameron and his team which includes Director Rodriguez, that's fact. Alita even shares artistic director Dylan Cole (Avatar sequels) + WETA Digital/Lightstorm resources. Sequels are already mapped out - the ? is whether they will get the green light or not, that's up to moviegoers.
  5. Hollywood Reporter article on Rosa. "Jim [Cameron] wrote me an email that said, 'I see her in you. She is yours now. ... I have lived with her for so long, and I am happy now she has found her body,'" Salazar says of her role in Alita: Battle Angel. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rosa-salazar-abbreviated-bird-box-role-james-camerons-alita-1174582
  6. News from Variety re: China 20th Century Fox’s effects-heavy sci-fi action film, “Alita: Battle Angel” has secured a theatrical release in mainland China. It will play in February as the first Hollywood title to enter Middle Kingdom theaters after the Chinese New Year holidays. The Feb. 22 date is more than two weeks after the film’s commercial run begins Feb. 5 in Singapore. It comes only a week after the film’s North American outing. Although director Robert Rodriguez and the cast are not well-known in China, the film’s screenwriter and producer, James Cameron, is highly regarded, thanks to “Avatar” and “Titanic.” Cameron, who has visited China on multiple occasions, including to the Beijing film festival, is expected to be a centerpiece of the promotional campaign. Cameron, Rodriguez and cast are scheduled to visit China in the week before the release. Weta Workshop, which provided many of the special effects, is also expected to host an event. The digital marketing campaign is expected to lean on New Media rivals Taopiaopiao, part of Alibaba, and Tencent. China’s movie industry regulators usually reserve the Chinese New Year season for the release of Chinese-language titles. This year, the period is expected to be especially packed with some of the biggest local titles of the year. Valentine’s Day, on Feb. 14, is also an important marketing hook for the release of local films in Chinese theaters. “Alita: Battle Angel” is based on the first three books in a manga series written by Yukito Kishiro and originally released in Japan as “Gunnm.” It features a cyborg girl who begins to suspect her surrogate father and cyborg doctor of a series of crimes. But later she joins his quest for justice and unlocks her full powers.
  7. Meet Rosa Salazar - Los Angeles Times article posted today. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-ca-mn-alita-battle-angel-rosa-salazar-20190110-story.html This job is like winning the lottery — 70 seventy times — and then you have to keep winning the lottery ROSA SALAZAR
  8. TFA even if it was derivative was miles better than TLJ. Personally I expect every Star Wars movie to do less business than the previous one, the magic is gone.
  9. A little bit of promo for 3 US cities. https://deadline.com/2019/01/alita-battle-angel-passport-to-iron-city-immersive-experience-fox-1202531076/
  10. A couple of short clips showing the attention to detail that is trademark Cameron.
  11. Very good interview with Jon where he also talks about upcoming projects post Avatar and Alita towards the end.
  12. That is something JC and his team have zero control over, they can have all the recommended guidelines for exhibition they want but theatre owners make the last call. The IMAX theatre that I go to is pretty good though, 3D looks reasonably sharp and clear, Cineplex on the other hand....yeah turn up the wattage a little

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