James Cameron is laying the ground work for two follow-ups to his 2009 hit Avatar.
James has been teasing the film world about a possible sequel to the film ever since the original hit theaters. Now, he’s revealed that the projects are more than just talk.
"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," James told Fox News at the Covenant House Gala in Los Angeles.
Avatar was lauded for its stunning digital animation, and the director plans to set the bar even higher with Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. But aside from the main character Jake Sully, don’t expect any other miraculous resurrections.
"We’re doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on," James said. "We’re creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that’s not already dead is coming back."
Avatar 2 is expected to debut in December 2014, while Avatar 3 is slated for a December 2015 release. With the original grossing $2.78 billion worldwide, the pressure is on for the sequels to perform just as well. But it’s nothing that the director is unaccustomed to dealing with.
"There’s always an expectation. I had to deal with that after The Terminator back in 1984," James recalled. "All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was ‘what are you doing next?’ But my job is take the audience on a journey and entertain them.
"The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora," James said in reference to the fictional land in which the film’s story unfolds. "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."
— Sonya Eskridge