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James Cameron purchases land in New Zealand

6/13/2014
James Cameron purchases land in New Zealand © AP/ James Cameron James Cameron purchases land in New Zealand

WENN

Director James Cameron has purchased a patch of untouched land in New Zealand for $16 million.

The area, which features a freshwater lake teeming with eels, contains 2,500 acres of farmland in Pounui Ridge, where Cameron and his family hope to grow several crops. The filmmaker plans to settle down there in the autumn and eventually begin work on the upcoming "Avatar" sequels, which will be filmed at Peter Jackson's studios, where each of the "Lord of the Rings" films were completed.

Cameron insists his fellow pal has nothing to worry about, telling the New York Times, "I'm not there to compete with Peter." And the Oscar winner, who first grew attached to the country while plotting an expedition to Antarctica from South Island nearly two decades ago, insists he is even considering applying for citizenship, adding, "I've felt an attachment to the place since 1994."

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