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'Avatar' Sequels: James Cameron Inspired By Micronesians

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The "Avatar" sequels are still an unknowable white whale. Not even star Sam Worthington has any real idea what James Cameron has planned for a return to Pandora, though at least he was privy to news about Cameron's Mariana Trench dive.

"Yeah, I've know about his expedition for years," Worthington told The Huffington Post this week. "The Mariana Trench: No one knows what's down there! I don't think he's going to come back. I think there's a sea monster."

Spoiler alert: there wasn't, but Cameron's dive did provide the director with some guidance for further "Avatar" adventures.

“The best inspiration I got for ‘Avatar’ 2 and 3 was dealing with the master navigator culture in Micronesia,” Cameron told the Los Angeles Times.

Cameron spent seven years preparing for his historic dive on many of the Western Pacific islands; the Micronesians are famous for their instrument-free deep-sea voyaging.

Of course, even with that creative spark, don't think Cameron gets all his ideas from ocean exploration.

"When I’m doing deep ocean exploration, I’m doing deep ocean exploration and when I’m making ‘Avatar,’ I’m making ‘Avatar,'" he said.

"Avatar" is the highest grossing movie of all-time. Release in December of 2009, it earned more than $2.7 billion worldwide. The sequels were initially due out in theaters in December of 2013 and 2014, respectively. Producer Jon Landau recently said that 2016 could be more realistic. For more on Cameron's dive, check out the slideshow below.

[via LAT/Hero Complex]

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