And now, we here at Nerd Bastards bring you more news from the front lines of James Cameron’s inevitable Avatar sequels. Okay, maybe more like news from the back lines, but whatever. The point being, so far there hasn’t been much to say about what Cameron hopes to do with the three new flicks. Now, in a recent interview with French news site RTL.fr, Cameron has stepped up and provided a few reveals. Scroll down to learn more about where the Avatar franchise is heading.
Cameron made sure to let people know that everything is still in a gestational process, but that he plans to ensure that each Avatar flick will provide new environments, new worlds and new cultures. Whether he means that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Pandora or whether he plans on jumping planets remains to be seen, but it sounds like there’s plenty of potential to expand the universe into… well, a proper universe as opposed to just some big blue people and a tree.
In Cameron’s own words:
“Right now we’re developing the software. I’m writing the scripts. We’re designing all the creatures and characters and the settings, and so on. So, I’m not actually directing yet, but I’m doing all the other creative processes that lead up to that.”
He also talked about upping the ante on the technology being used to deal with special effects. With the developments in CGI tech over the last five years, the new movies should look better, take a lot less time and cost less money. He confirmed that he’ll be shooting in ultra-high def 4K resolution, but did not say whether he would be trying to up the frame rate. He’s pondering the idea of running at 60fps, but isn’t sure how far he wants to take it yet (and given the “I feel sick” responses to Peter Jackson’s high-frame Hobbit movies, he might want to think long and hard on that).
To conclude, Cameron expressed his excitement about being able to expand on his universe:
“The thing that’s great about Avatar is that it’s such a rich world that I can explore any theme or idea that I want. Once you have characters that an audience loves, it’s great to just surprise them and make changes and turn what they don’t expect. And you don’t have to spend so much of the movie setting up all of that stuff because the audience will remember it from the previous film”
I’m not going to pretend that I like Avatar in any way, shape or form, but kudos to the man for getting the chance to delve into his universe in a way that few artists will ever have the chance to experience. Add some actual interesting characters and a plotline that’s not recycled, Cameron, and I may spend the bucks to go see one of these things.
Expect the trio of Avatar sequels to be dropping at the ends of years 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Thanks to Market Saw for the heads-up.