FX grabs TV rights to air Avatar ... but will it be in 3-D?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

And it's only going to cost them between $25 and $30 million ...

FX captured the basic cable TV rights to James Cameron's Avatar, the 3-D blockbuster that's now the second-highest-grossing movie of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And if FX ever decides to go 3-D, they'll be set and will be able to air Avatar the way the Creator intended (that'd be Cameron).

Watching 3-D at home is not as outlandish as it sounds: The film is expected to premiere on FX in the middle of 2012, after Avatar has given DVDs and HBO a chance to make their money. While no plans have been announced for a 3-D FX channel, by then two 3-D television channels are expected to be in place, one from ESPN and one from Discovery. So anything's possible, especially considering the 3-D craze that's rampaging through the movie and television industries these days.

FX is making big moves these days. Besides acquiring rights to The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Star Trek, Monsters vs. Aliens, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), the network is also launching the new animated spy series Archer on Jan. 14, the drama Justified in March and the third season of Damages this month.

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