Avatar producer Jon Landau reveals the surprising way James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster was inspired by the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna.
Avatar producer Jon Landau reveals the surprising way Madonna inspired the movie. Written and directed by James Cameron, the 2009 blockbuster starred Sam Worthington as a disabled former Marine, Jake Sully, who travels to the lush planet of Pandora and falls in love with Neytiri, a Na’vi woman played by Zoe Saldaña. Avatar, well-renowned for its incredible visual effects and innovative motion capture filming techniques, became the highest-grossing film of all time. Soon enough, four sequels were on the way.
The first sequel, the long-awaited Avatar: The Way of Water, is due out later this year. Much like the first film, Avatar 2 was subject to numerous delays as new performance capture technology needed to be developed before production. Released this past May, the Avatar 2 trailer revealed it might have all been worth it, showcasing a breathtaking look at Pandora’s ocean views and the Sully family dynamic at the heart of the story. To help audiences prepare for Way of Water’s release this December, Disney announced it would re-release Avatar in theaters with remastered picture and sound on September 23.
Now, during a recent interview with The New York Times ahead of Avatar’s theatrical re-release, producer Jon Landau revealed the surprising way Madonna inspired the film’s cinematography. Landau, who shares producing credit with Cameron, says they were inspired specifically by the pop star’s microphone placement during her concerts which gave them the idea to keep the camera close to actors while filming action scenes. Read what Landau revealed about Avatar’s bizarre inspiration below. Read more.