Love them or hate them, three more installments of the Avatar franchise are on their way. Tentatively titled Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4, we’ll be seeing them rolling into the theaters one after then other in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Recently, Empire Magazine sat down and had a chat with James Cameron and asked him how the writing process was going. His response was positive and rather strongly worded. Scroll on to hear some of what Cameron had to say about the sequels.
When asked to give some info on what the new movies will be about, he had this to say:
“I can tell you one thing about them. They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”
Personally, I almost shit myself trying to endure the first movie. But for fans of the franchise, there might be something epic on the way. Or it could be that Cameron is just patting himself on the back. But the questions didn’t stop there. There was a rumor going around that Cameron might be using the newer 60 frames per second method of shooting the sequels. As it turns out, that’s not the case.
“My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market. I’ll be plugging into a system that’s a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point.”
He also went on to talk about the writing team and how the scripts are coming along. He’s been working with a group of writers consisting of Rick Jaffa (the Planet of the Apes movies), Amanda Silver (also the Planet of the Apes movies), Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem) and had this to say about the process:
“I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together and I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie.”
So it looks like all three of the movies are planned out from start to finish. Writing all three flicks at the same time will help the continuity and create a more complete story in the long run. So maybe we’ll see something more original this time around? The biggest flaw with the original Avatar was that it was little more than a high-budget version of a script that had been done at least a dozen times before. But now that the groundwork has been laid, there’s potential for Cameron and his writing crew to expand the Avatar universe into something unique. That, however, is something that we shall not know until the movies actually release. There’s an equal chance Cameron will just rip off some other clichés and build yet another CGI-fest to please the masses. I try to remain optimistic.
What say the Nerd Readers? Do you expect something amazing to come out of this or has your faith in Cameron already been exhausted past the point of no return?