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Cirque du Soleil takes on 'Avatar'

Director James Cameron, left, and Daniel Lamarre, chief executive of the Cirque du Soleil, announce a new show by Cirque du Soleil based on Cameron's movie "Avatar" at a news conference Thursday, May 29, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

MONTREAL: Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron is partnering with Cirque du Soleil to bring his blockbuster film "Avatar" to the stage, it was announced Thursday.

The live show is scheduled to debut in late 2015, prior to the release of three upcoming "Avatar" film sequels currently in pre-production, and tour around the world.

"Over the years, I have discovered the extraordinary talents and imaginations of both the artists and the creative forces behind Cirque du Soleil," said James Cameron.

"I know we share the common goal of bringing audiences to another level of entertainment experiences. I look forward to doing just that on this project."

Cirque and Cameron previously collaborated on the 2012 3D film "Worlds Away," which incorporated acts from seven Cirque live shows that were running in Las Vegas.

 

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