Everyone knows that Avatar was in development for a long while, but most people didn’t know about it. But Hollywood insiders heard about the project being passed around, and in 1999 seemed like perhaps the most ridiculous idea in the world.
As you can see from this newspaper(?) excerpt, the idea of a CGI race of giant blue people in a movie with a $400M budget was a joke, and I have to stop and imagine what the film might have looked like with 1999 special effects. I now know what Cameron meant when he said the movie couldn’t be made because “the technology didn’t exist yet.”
How long do you think it’ll take for Avatar‘s visual effects to look dated? So far, films released after have yet to catch it, but when will those FX become the norm?