Bombshell Dropped on James Cameron’s Next Potential Film plus New Details on Avatar Sequel

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As we reported at the start of this year , James Cameron was in talks with Last Train to Hiroshima author “Dr.” Charles Pellegrino to work on adapting the literature. Quotations are used on Mr. Pellegrino’s title because he is now under suspicion of fraud. According to an article by the Associated Press, Pellegrino may have taken some creative liberties with his book, but possibly his own educational background as well.

In other Cameron news, the director provided some new details about the sequel for Avatar. Hit the jump for more on both stories.

james_cameron_image.jpgAs reported by the AP, Pellegrino’s sources of information used in the book may have been fabricated.   The existence of two individuals Pellegrino name checked have yet to be verified.  The AP did some digging and found that the Dr. title Mr. Pellegrino throws around may be fictitious as well.  Apparently the University of Wellington (New Zealand) where he allegedly received his Ph.D. has no record of him.  The good doctor’s website ists a series of skills and experiences that would make Doc Savage jealous.  Evidently Charles Pellegrino is a scientist of “paleobiology, astronomy and other areas.”  His biography also claims that his scientific adventures include “the co-discovery of Biblical Sodom to co-designing the world’s first antimatters rockets…”

What makes this hot mess intriguing and unfortunate, should it be discovered that he did falsify information, is the fact that he’s contributed so much to modern science and science fiction.  In 1985 Pellegrino wrote a theoretical concept on cloning extinct species by harvesting DNA from fossils.  If this rattles your memory, that’s because his theory was the basis of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, which in turn was flipped into a little film directed by Steven Spielberg.  Recently Pellegrino was a consultant on Cameron’s Avatar and had previously collaborated with the director on Titanic, Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep.  Ironically on Pellegrino’s biography, he states “I say shy away from journalism school and concentrate instead on science, art, history, or some subject you truly love.”, how very apropos of you Charles.

In other, not so serious film related news, James Cameron has briefly commented on Avatar 2.  Actually that is the news, that it won’t be called Avatar 2.  According to Sci-Fi Wire, James Cameron stated that since Sam was no longer an avatar it would be illogical for a sequel to have Avatar in the title.   “Maybe we’ll call it Na’vi.” said Cameron. Here’s hoping the events surrounding Charles Pellegrino will cause Cameron to get cracking on an Avatar sequel stat.  The last sequel Cameron filmed was Terminator 2: Judgment Day which turned out to only be one of the best, most successful sequels ever.

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  • Corin Prendiville

    Why not call it, “Avatar: The Na'vi” that way they can keep the title but there is clarity. Removing the Avatar title seems a bit silly, it might jeopardize the name recognition (however, probably not enough since blue people are pretty hard to miss in trailers).

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5DZD6CZFMNI4ONO5VFEAXYKDMQ drunkasaurus rex

    It is a known fact that the University of Wellington is known for their lax record keeping. They play it loose and they play it fast, that's how we roll at the UofW. I'm still waiting for my transcripts myself.

    -Dr. C. PHD, JD, CFP, CRPC, STD, Etc.,

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5DZD6CZFMNI4ONO5VFEAXYKDMQ drunkasaurus rex

    They SHOULD just call it FernGully 2: The magical rescue.

  • JamesCameronBlogspot

    Just for the record, Pellegrino's claim that he came up with the idea of getting dinosaur DNA as seen in 'Jurassic Park' appears to be yet another of Pellegrino's many, many, many lies.

    The idea dates back to the early 1980's, when a group called the Extinct DNA study group at Berkley was writing a newsletter about it. This was who Michael Crichton credited in the acknowledgments to 'Jurassic Park'. I believe I remember reading that this group started up in 1983.

    Beyond that, Pellegrino has also told obvious, shameless, fantastical lies about being long-time colleagues with Robert Ballard and for inventing the imaging system Ballard used to spot the Titanic shipwreck. Both of these claims are denied by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. What's more, the lies that the mainstream media is reporting in 'Last Train to Hiroshima' are just the tip of the iceberg. The Air Force group that dropped the bomb has issued a four-paged detailed list of lies in the book, and Los Alamos National Laboratory's historian has issued an unqualified rejection of many of the book's fantastical claims. (If anybody's interested, I did a relatively detailed expose` at JamesCameron.Blogspot.com.)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5DZD6CZFMNI4ONO5VFEAXYKDMQ drunkasaurus rex

    TL;DR

  • http://Collider.com/ Chris

    I think I'm going to get my Ph.D at the University of Wellington.

  • navibluecom

    As much as I'd like to see the Hiroshima project come to fruition, I, and avatar fans at Naviblue.com wouldn't mind him focusing on the sequel at all :)

  • Corin Prendiville

    He should put his efforts towards Battle Angel instead of a movie adaptation of a book by a scam artist.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5DZD6CZFMNI4ONO5VFEAXYKDMQ drunkasaurus rex

    Whatever you two, Jimmy (I know him personally) is currently working on a film adaptation of “Maid of Honor”.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5DZD6CZFMNI4ONO5VFEAXYKDMQ drunkasaurus rex

    I arredy copped ME one playa.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5DZD6CZFMNI4ONO5VFEAXYKDMQ drunkasaurus rex

    ZOMG, your writing is like velvet on my eyeballs. No homo.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5DZD6CZFMNI4ONO5VFEAXYKDMQ drunkasaurus rex

    I can't wait for the sequel too, that first one was sooo disappointing amirite?! Jimmy you need to redeem yourself!!

  • http://twitter.com/jeorgekant Jeo Kandlly

    See I agree with him completely (or for the most part anyway) about industrialization and politics. But that doesn't change what I feel about his movie. I mean, I agree with the message in Avatar, though I feel like that message was conveyed in a cliched and exaggerated way.

    http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/cel

  • Ruiner

    This sounds pretty stupid even to myself but maybe Jake could use his human body as the “Avatar” in order to return to Earth for diplomatic reasons. In an attempt to reconcile some sort of peaceful relationship, and avoid a full scale war. Something would have to be done to explain the possible plot hole of the distance of Earth from Pandora, and how powerful the Avatar signal is. I mean obviously if that was possible none of the Avatar drivers would have needed to leave Earth.

  • Ruiner

    This sounds pretty stupid even to myself but maybe Jake could use his human body as the “Avatar” in order to return to Earth for diplomatic reasons. In an attempt to reconcile some sort of peaceful relationship, and avoid a full scale war. Something would have to be done to explain the possible plot hole of the distance of Earth from Pandora, and how powerful the Avatar signal is. I mean obviously if that was possible none of the Avatar drivers would have needed to leave Earth.

  • stephanpickering1947

    Shalom & erev tov: you are sadly mistaken. As a free-lance dinosaurologist, I can provide you with:
    Charles Pellegrino, 1985. Dinosaur capsule. OMNI 7(4)[January]:38-40, 114-115. Using DNA from amber and other sources to clone dinosaurs.
    George Poinar's UC Berkeley study group never mentioned retrieving pre-K/Pg dinosaur DNA for cloning.
    Stephan Pickering / Chofetz Chayim ben-Avraham

  • stephanpickering1947

    Shalom & erev tov.
    A postscript to correct your innocuous mistakes (who taught you to spell?). For the record, independent of Charles Pellegrino, also in January 1985, UK dinosaurologist Mike Benton also proposed cloning dinosaurs from pre-K/Pg DNA:
    Mike Benton, 1985. To clone a dinosaur. New Scientist # 1439 [17 January]:41-43
    STEPHAN PICKERING / Chofetz Chayim ben-Avraham
    Jewish dinosaurologist / Heretic spiritist
    The Dinosaur Fractals Project

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