James Cameron Plans To Begin Production On AVATAR Sequels Next Year

Avatar director James Cameron has offered an update on his planned sequels, saying that he's looking to finish the scripts by February and that filming should kick off by the end of 2013.

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By Paul Romano - 11/28/2012


Last we heard on James Cameron's planned sequels to his 2009 sci-fi epic Avatar, it was said that the first follow-up would be targeting a 2015 release (after producer Jon Landau ruled out the previously suggested 2014 debut). Cameron has been working on the scripts for the sequels ever since the first film became the highest grossing movie of all time. Now, speaking with The West Australian at the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last night, the director reveals that he plans on finishing writing his scripts by February next year, and production would commence at the end of 2013. That would help bring the first sequel on course for a 2015 release. "I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don't want to be writing the movie in post production," Cameron said. "We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don't want to do that again." He also reveals that, if the groundbreaking 48 frames per second format is widely accepted for The Hobbit, then it'll "pave the way" for the Avatar sequels to use the format.









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NerdyGeek - 11/28/2012, 11:40 AM
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!
HavocPrime - 11/28/2012, 11:40 AM
Enjoyed Avatar so will probs enjoy the second, hope it is a bit more original in the story department though.
Fogs - 11/28/2012, 11:56 AM
M.E.H.

GodzillaKart - 11/28/2012, 11:58 AM
I don't see these sequels doing well.
HarveyDent88 - 11/28/2012, 12:10 PM
No thanks.
xRelentlessx - 11/28/2012, 12:10 PM
NO! DX WHY?! I'm not seeing his shit -_-
bhorwith22 - 11/28/2012, 12:18 PM
I thought they ere filming in 60FPS. That would be even cooler to see. Smoother motion and no pulldown on TVs.
TheSoulEater - 11/28/2012, 12:20 PM
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thewonderer - 11/28/2012, 12:29 PM
Let Avengers deserve more money and butthurt commence
danetooeasy - 11/28/2012, 12:50 PM
Wow, Grif a$$ kissers, here...
NorrinRaddical - 11/28/2012, 12:58 PM
regardless of if you think the movie is even worth a sequel, I just want to see him be more prolific and do different stories - BETTER stories - with the incredible technology
Alphaman06 - 11/28/2012, 1:18 PM
THE MOST OVERRATED MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!!
Ceejay - 11/28/2012, 2:10 PM
So hands up who gives a shit....?
pro346 - 11/28/2012, 2:19 PM
Whoever thinks this going to bomb at the bo has no brains what so ever! The same people said the first one would flop!
Ranger14 - 11/28/2012, 2:50 PM
It took him 14 years to come up with a completely unoriginal story, so I guess it was the technology/visual aspect that took so long. Let's see if they can come up with a half-way original story for the sequel in less time, because I certainly won't go watch again just for the visual aspect.
marvel72 - 11/28/2012, 2:51 PM
good,i liked the first film.i thought it was good not great but still enjoyable.

fingers crossed they're like the star wars prequels each one got better as they went along.

@ ceejay

my hand is raised.

@ fearitself

tough one to call.

1st avatar 2

2nd the avengers 2 (on the strength of what the first movie took)

3rd star wars episode 7

4th justice league (if it happens)
EdgyOutsider - 11/28/2012, 3:14 PM
I enjoyed the first movie but, that's it. It should just stay as a stand alone movie. I don't think a sequel is necessary. It was over hyped. It did a couple of things that helped the film industry but still, a sequel is not necessary.
EdgyOutsider - 11/28/2012, 3:14 PM
nor did it deserve the money it got back
NERO - 11/28/2012, 4:16 PM
Alright, I can't be alone in this, but does anyone else think Avatar was beaten by its own hype? It was built up to be this life altering sci-fi event, but what we got was a hamfisted eco-story with awesome special effects; nothing more.

Personally I could give two shits about seeing the story advance, I wasn't captivated by the first one enough to care. Sure it was a beautiful film, but it really didn't do much for me. Move on Cam.
VladMaximus - 11/28/2012, 4:17 PM
Who gives a shit?
blackster - 11/28/2012, 4:19 PM
let's get real here, this will make tons of money. the visual effects will be spectacular. and the characters and themes will be as bland and cliche as before.
CCR - 11/28/2012, 4:28 PM
Now this is a movie that totally deserves the backlash. It wasn't anything special or original AT ALL. I saw it in 3D and wasn't impressed, the only reason I've watched any 3D since is because I had to for the midnite screenings at my local theater. And as far as the effects everyone is fawning over, they really weren't "photo-realistic" to me, as Cameron kept claiming. The Na'vi looked like cartoons ffs. Totally could've been video game cinema. I go to movies to get into the story first and foremost, not the effects. And that's ALL Avatar had going for it and everyone just ate it up.

So, yes, this IS the most over-rated movie of all time and anyone with a brain knows that. But there's a lot of dummies out there, so there ya go :)
CCR - 11/28/2012, 4:31 PM
Oh James Cameron, what the hell happened to you. You used to make awesome movies, but then your Titanic obsession and money ruined everything. smh
FireKnightRises - 11/28/2012, 5:46 PM
this movie is really overrated, 3D is the only good thing about it
ricko8687 - 11/28/2012, 5:49 PM
Still waiting for that James Cameron's Spider-Man 😉
GrayMatter - 11/28/2012, 6:30 PM
You know, I really enjoyed Avatar. I mean, I'm well aware that the plot was completely unoriginal and ripped off from Fern Gully and Dances with Wolves. But unoriginal isn't necessarily the same thing as bad. Dances with Wolves won the Oscar for best picture, so if you're gonna rip off a story, that's not a bad one to pick. IMO, it didn't make Avatar any less enjoyable. We see recycled plots in movies all the freakin time. And most of them are waaaay worse than what Avatar pulled off.

That being said, I would way rather see James Cameron start on his Battle Angel Alita adaptation and shelve the Avatar sequels until later, instead of the other way around.
XxComablackxX1937 - 11/28/2012, 11:19 PM
Didn't pay to see the first in theater's wont be paying to see the sequels either. Very overrated
blackster - 11/29/2012, 2:34 AM
@CCR

yeah i agree. james cameron is a fantastic director. the man really knows how to work that [frick]ing camera.

too bad he's dedicating the rest of his career to ferngully with blue pussies. what a waste.
NathimusPrime - 11/29/2012, 6:21 AM
@HalloweenJack

i didnt see the first one,and i dont have any interest in seeing the second one, am i lying to myself? omg! AM I BLIND!?

AnungUnRama - 11/29/2012, 6:58 AM
I think 2015 is too overloaded with mega blockbusters. Star Wars 7, Avengers 2, Justice League (I believe it when I see it, and I really hope it gets pushed back, DC seems to be rushing this) and Avatar 2. There will be a cannibalization at the BO. Sad Avatar 2 isn't up for 2014.
Talontd - 11/29/2012, 8:33 AM
LMAO at all the hating b!tches that think it's cool to hate on the #1 movie of all time...

...a movie that was universally appealing (don't try and argue, that's how the B.O. total was reached)
...a sci-fi film with a story that my grandparents and children could both understand
...a movie that brought 3d back from the dead, and showed it could be AWESOME if done right
...a movie in which our technological advancement was countered by biological development. This was probably my favorite aspect of the film. The Na'vi pooling their energy by interlinking was handled extremely well imo...
...a movie that a director had been planning for 10-15yrs in which he created a planet and culture entirely different from our own. Yea, the basic storyline elements have been used before (Pocahontas and blah blah), but PANDORA is wholly James Cameron.


There are more positive aspects to the film, but this thread is filled with petulant children. You guys act as if you are the end all authority of movies, but u know sh!t...and you are in the extreme MINORITY.

So have fun, talk sh!t, but remember...you sound like morons to 92% of the rest of the world.

Haters.




@Ranger

No, it just took that loog before he could make what was on film match what was in his head. Avatar wasn't possible 10years ago. As he stated in the article, he finished writing during production. It was the design of all the species and fauna of Pandora that took so long.
Fogs - 11/29/2012, 10:54 AM
Best 3D I ever seen. Period. Awesome CGI, also. But that's all it is.

Cameron is God on the technical and innovative area. Just like Burton is one of the best movie art directors out there. But just like Burton he fails to deliver memorable stories for a while now.
Fogs - 11/29/2012, 10:55 AM
@Talontd - BTW if having an opinion is being a moron... Well, I'm definitely a moron then :)
cwb77 - 11/29/2012, 3:55 PM
I thought the 3D was great, but it was just "Dances with Wolves" in space. :)
ZombieHunter - 11/29/2012, 3:55 PM
I agree, the script was unoriginal, but I still enjoyed the movie. I believe all the hate stems from the fact that the underlying message of the film hit pretty close to home. When some someone has something we, the human race, want we find a way to take. It's happened countless times in the past and will probably continue to happen in the future.

I'm no tree hugger, but humans as a species are a race of takers, and I recognize an allegory of human history when I see one.

The film portrayed us for what humans are, perhaps not everyone of us, but the majority. The film had a message and the people hating on the message of the film are probably in that majority, that I mentioned.

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