Emmerich to steal Avatar tricks for 3-D Foundation

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

The master of disaster, director Roland Emmerich (2012, The Day After Tomorrow), is still waiting for a complete script for his proposed film version of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series but says now that he will take a page from James Cameron's Avatar when he finally gets down to making the movie as a 3-D CG epic.

"I want to create everything," Emmerich told Empire. "I want it to be a full CG film, so [performance capture] is perfect for that."

Earlier, Emmerich told MTV: "The Avatar technology applies to Foundation. It has to be done all CG because I would not know how to shoot this thing in real."

As for the story, Emmerich assures Empire—as he once assured us—that he wants to remain faithful to Asimov's original books, about the rise and fall of a galactic civilization.

"I want to give people exactly what the Foundation trilogy is," Emmerich said. "You have to tell a story that represents the books but also works as a film. That's the challenge."

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