The Weekly Geek: “Avatar” gets an undersea sequel

Do we have any graphic design goddesses in the audience? Well, you don’t have to be to appreciate this, the coolest Photoshop tutorial I’ve ever seen on the internet. In fact, sci-fi and video game fans should go give it a look as well, as it takes budding designers step-by-step through the creation of an amazing-looking “sci-fi computer game poster.”

How can you not love this description:

Combine stock photos and design resources to create an awesome retro sci-fi themed game poster that takes inspiration from Atari games of the ’80s. By mixing up bright and vibrant cosmic designs with old, distressed and grungy textures we’ll create a retro futuristic poster design for “Galactic Attack.”

Of course, as with all things DIY, I want to encourage the talented lesbians in the audience to take this one into their own hands. The first person to graft Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine to a poster like this gets major Weekly Geek brownie points.

As for sci-fi news of the “sit down and watch” variety, there’s a whole slew of Avatar news on the docket. The DVD and Blu-Ray release is actually today — so go get your overblown space epic if you’re so inclined. Didn’t get enough? Well, according to a news item at the Underwire blog, the flick will be re-released in theaters this August with six minutes of added footage.

The same post has some tasty details on the film’s sequel. Guess what? It’s going to be set under the sea, as Cameron has stated that the second installment will be “focusing on the ocean on Pandora.”

“The seas of Pandora “will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest,” the filmmaker said. “I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.”

Cameron’s fascination with oceans stretches back more than two decades. He developed much of the 3-D technology used in Avatar while working on his post-Titanic documentary, Ghosts of the Abyss, and took moviegoers beneath the sea in the 1989 epic The Abyss.

That will be truly breathtaking — and hard to pull off. The world of Pandora is lush and alien and incredible looking as is, so setting it all under digital water (or perhaps not water at all) with a host of alien sea life sounds appropriately challenging for Mr. King of the World.

What do you think readers? Have you had enough of the blue cat people, or are you itching for more Avatar?

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