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James Cameron plans to make movies in NZ

Published: 8:59AM Saturday April 14, 2012 Source: ONE News

As the world rushes to view James Cameron's Titanic in 3D, the Hollywood director has revealed his plans to make movies in New Zealand.

The Hollywood director and deep-sea explorer said he is moving to New Zealand with his family where he wants to run a farm and help build the local film industry.

In an exclusive interview Cameron said he plans to make Avatar 2 and 3 in New Zealand.

And he said he does not think Peter Jackson should have to "keep the village fed" on his own.

"I don't think the nation should look to him in total dependence so I'm going do my part to foster and grow the New Zealand film community."

The Canadian movie mogul, who directed blockbusters including Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Avatar, has purchased 250 hectares and applied for New Zealand residency.

Speaking on Skype from an expedition at sea, Cameron said he had bought a block of land near Featherston.

"I've bought some property not far from Wellington, it's a beautiful farm. My wife and I both grew up in families that had farms."

Cameron said moving Downunder had been a long-held dream after he "fell in love" with the countryside and people during time here in 1994.

"I made myself a promise at that time that I was going to live there some day."

The family want their new Wairarapa home to be clean and green.

"My wife are dedicated to sustainability and it's about actually growing food, making something that adds value to the community."

The Oscar-winning director said he will be turning to the community for advice.

"There are a lot of really good farmers in the area and I'm going to want to consult with them."

As well as a lifestyle change, Cameron wants to make movies here, including Avatar 2 and 3.

He does not think Peter Jackson should have to "keep the village fed" on his own.

"I don't think the nation should look to him in total dependence so I'm going do my part to foster and grow the New Zealand film community."

Cameron said he will eventually apply for citizenship.

"If you'll have me," he said.

Titanic 3D a box office hit

To mark this weekend's centenary of the Titanic sinking Cameron has turned the movie in 3D.

In its first week it has taken a staggering $685 million at the box office.

Cameron said he was inspired to make the original Titanic movie because of his passion for ship wrecks.

"Titanic was the ultimate ship wreck. It was the Mount Everest of ship wrecks. And so the idea that I could make a movie and as a part of the process of making that movie I would actually get to go and dive to the Titanic wreck that was an amazing opportunity."

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