It was a shift in every sense of the word - far away from the imaginary landscapes of Pandora, where famous director James Cameron took a sabbatical from the 'Avatar' world to go on an underwater odyssey about the secret lives of octopus.
The acclaimed filmmaker, whose portfolio of works has been groundbreaking in the field of blockbuster movies and documentary making, appeared virtually today at the Television Critics Association meeting with National Geographic and Disney to announce his next project: a six-part docuseries, "Secrets of the Octopus," premiering February 18.
Cameron, who holds the title of National Geographic's Explorer at Large, is no stranger to the world of documentaries. In the past four years, he has presented no less than five documentary series for the channel, showing in each his keen pursuit of his passions for conserving the natural world.
This will be easily seen in his upcoming work, which is going to take a deeper look at the remarkable intelligence, intricate problem-solving abilities, and complex social structures of these eight-armed marvels. "If I ever forget about work with sustainability and saving of nature, well, then I'd have to be dragged out from that job, or they'd have to show me the door", Cameron summed up.
Deep Sea Revelations
The series is scheduled to be narrated by the charismatic actor Paul Rudd with the expectation of breathtaking underwater cinematography, combined with insights from leading scientists and researchers.
It's expected to captivate audiences with the mysterious octopus—a creature that never ceases to amaze with its remarkable intelligence and adaptability. While the release of 'Avatar 3' is certainly the next project the fans will have been waiting for, Cameron's latest voyage back to the deep depicts his diverseness in interests and his dedication to telling stories of the environment.
"Secrets of the Octopus" is not another documentary series; it's a poignant reminder about the intricate balance in our oceans and the need to protect it. This new series is expected to deliver to the viewer an incredible window into the secret world of these amazing cephalopods, perhaps allowing the world to pay even more respect and effort in protecting our planet's marine ecosystems, which are so precious.