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‘3D movie Avatar could be the new Harry Potter’

‘3D movie Avatar could be the new Harry Potter’

Ubisoft believes that new 3D film Avatar – and its subsequent game adaptation – can create a similar buzz to the first Harry Potter movie.

In one of his first interviews since joining Ubisoft as marketing director from Microsoft, Murray Pannell said that the title – which will appear in 3D both in the cinema and on games console – had the potential to be an “incredible entertainment phenomenon”.

“Avatar looks set to be a world-changing kind of cinema given its pedigree and elements like the 3D,” Pannell told MCV.

“It reminds me of my experience at EA, working on the original Harry Potter game – which was an incredible entertainment phenomenon.”

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, the first in the movie series, was released in 2001. It made $90.3 million during its first weekend in the US, breaking the record for highest opening weekend of all time. The film went on to make £66.1 million in the UK, making it the highest-grossing film of all-time – a record only broken by Mama Mia since.

“[Games tie-ins of] properties with one visionary in charge can be really successful,” added Pannell. “Avatar has movie director James Cameron, and Potter also had one person ultimately in charge – JK Rowling, who everyone was terrified of disappointing. That can give you real focus.”

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game is due for release at the end of this year on PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, PSP and DS.

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