Our friends over at Coming Soon have confirmed today that 20th Century Fox will debut a new trailer for James Cameron’s upcoming sci-fi opus Avatar this weekend in theaters (starting Friday, October 23rd). The kicker is that the trailer will be roughly 3 minutes and 30 seconds long. They are saying that this will be “the trailer,” which will give audiences the most story, the most visual stimulation and get them the most excited.

The trailer will likely run before films such as Saw VI, The Vampire’s Assistant and Astro Boy in 2D, to reach each film’s respective audience. As well, it will likely play with the re-release of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D, which hits nationwide this week as well.

In other Avatar news, there is a wonderful piece on James Cameron’s career in The New Yorker this week. Inside, there are several great quotes from folks like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg about Cameron’s work ethic and the world he’s creating in the long-gestating Avatar. On Avatar, Lucas had this to say:

“Creating a universe is daunting. I’m glad Jim is doing it—there are only a few people in the world who are nuts enough to. I did it with ‘Star Wars,’ and now he’s trying to challenge that. It’s a lot of work. I do believe Jim will take this further out than anyone’s ever conceived of.”

It’s a fantastic article, which you can read for yourself here.

Avatar is in conventional and IMAX 3D theaters on December 18, 2009.

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