The Avatar sequels are well into the writing process, and are naturally stirring up fans' expectations. Emperor James Cameron spoke with Fox News about the process and problems surrounding the development of the upcoming films.
"We're shooting two films back-to-back, so I'm writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a [three]-film story arc…not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I'm pretty excited about that…We're doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We're creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that's not already dead is coming back.”
The distinction between what Cameron defines as a trilogy and what he understands to be a group of three films telling a connected story is a bit muddled, but it’s exciting to hear that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 intend carry on the tale organically.
Cameron also discussed the difficulty in creating a sequel to a blockbuster like Avatar:
"There's always an expectation. I had to deal with that after The Terminator back in 1984. All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was 'what are you doing next?' But my job is to take the audience on a journey and entertain them…The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora. I don't think about that stuff, about standing on a red carpet. It has its own life, really. The characters have their own lives."
Cameron is currently writing the scripts to Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, and plans to shoot them back to back. They are expected to reach theaters in the Decembers of 2014 and 2015, respectively.
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