For fans excited for the release of three (yes, three!) Avatar sequels in the coming years, writer/director/producer James Cameron has opened up about a few details of the upcoming films. He gave an interview with Entertainment Weekly announcing that he wants to prove the first film, which is still the highest grossing film of all time, wasn’t a fluke. That’s not a small order to fill, and the creator of Pandora obviously has reason to be nervous. But where does the process currently stand? And how soon can we expect to be immersed in that gorgeous alien world that stole our hearts almost exactly six years ago?
Soon. Avatar 2 is expected to drop as early as 2017. Yes, that is an entire year and change away, but films like these take time. Huge quantities of time. The first film experienced so many delays the studio was ready to drop the movie and call it a loss. Of course in retrospect they’re immensely glad they decided to show patience. Hopefully the viewers of the upcoming trilogy of sequels will have the same feelings. For now, we can rest easy knowing that Cameron is “in the process of doing another pass through all three scripts right now”. But that’t not all. Cameron continues, saying he’s “just refining. That’s in parallel with the design process. The design process is very mature at this point. We’ve been designing for about a year and a half. All the characters, settings, and creatures are all pretty much [set].”
So the most difficult parts of the project sound like they’ve been completed. The scripts are all fairly well hashed out, the design process is mostly finished, all that’s left is to shoot, edit, and wrap it up in a nice little bow for the eagerly awaiting audience. But Cameron claims he is not resting on his many laurels (nine Academy Award nominations and more than $2.7 grossed worldwide). When asked if the process is any easier now that the first one film has turned out to be such a success, Cameron answers:
“No. Because you have to challenge yourself. Obviously expectations are going to be very high on these films, especially Avatar 2, to make sure it wasn’t just some big fluke the first time. So we’ve got to deliver. “
Avatar 2 is confirmed to center around the original cast after where the first film ends. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang are all confirmed to star.
Source: Entertainment Weekly