James Cameron ‘Avatar’ Sequels Getting Some Writing Assistance

- 07-31-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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James Cameron has made it a point to let people know that he’s going to do at least two Avatar sequels sometime in the future.  No doubt, if the money is there he’ll keep making them until his viewing audience is completely broke (or their brains have shut down).  Unfortunately, the first one, while it was a masterpiece of CGI spectacle, had little in the way of script, the only original ideas being in the visuals.  So how can more Avatar possibly be anything other than more of the same?  Well, it looks like Cameron is bringing in some more talent to help him put together the new stories.

Writer Josh Friedman is joining the writing pool.  In case you didn’t know, he’s the guy that created The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  And while I regret to say I missed that one, I’ve heard enough good things about the show to have some faith in Friedman.

But does that mean there may be some hope for the new Avatar flicks?  With Cameron in charge, we still might end up with the mindless light-show that was the first Avatar, but we can always have hope, right?

Expect to see the next Avatar in theaters…. well, whenever Cameron gets around to it, I guess.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

Where is ‘Avatar’ 2 and 3? – Zoe Saldana Explains… Kind Of

- 05-10-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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There may not be many of you out there, but considering the success of the first Avatar movie there must be at least a few people who are looking forward to James Cameron’s promised sequels.  Though the first was, in my humble opinion, a shallow pile of crap with little plot, a terrible script, mediocre acting and action scenes that were about as cliché as they come, it did make tons of cash.  And Cameron has some sort of hard-on for making more, so they will be coming.  But how’s the schedule going with that, you ask?  Check out what Avatar and Star Trek alumni Zoe Saldana had to say about it below.

In an interview with MTV, Zoe had some things to say about director James Cameron and how his progress is going:

I know that he’s sort of been removing himself from things that might distract him so that he can focus on doing the final tweaks on the scripts. He did share that he’s in a very interesting and fragile place, because the story is dictating itself.
You walk a fine line when you’re the creator of the story you’re going to tell, of the manipulation that you may have unconsciously of the story and the characters versus allowing the story to unfold it, because you did create such a monumental and solid platform that they’re just living and breathing organisms and they’re the ones that need to make their own decisions. I’m geek talking right now, but that’s how intense it affects me and how I feel about amazing storytellers like James Cameron, like J.J. Abrams. They create things that are real out of unimaginable scenarios, and that is beautiful to me.

That was an amazingly insightful response from Saldana, especially considering the not-insightful nature of Avatar.  Thumbs up to you Zoe and may your future hold projects more worthy of your brains and talent.

Currently, Avatar 2 and 3 are scheduled to begin shooting sometime early next year and the first sequel has a tentative release date of late 2014.

 

Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.

James Cameron Gives Updates on ‘Avatar’ Sequels

- 03-18-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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James Cameron‘s Avatar made an embarrassingle large amount of money, so it was a no-brainer that Cameron, or some other director of his choice would make more, but we haven’t heard much about it lately. Luckily for us, while Cameron was pimping out his Cirque du Soleil 3D movie directed by Andrew Adamson, the Play Goes Strong reporter Cindy Pearlman asked him to give fans an update on the Avatar sequels.

“I’m working on ‘Avatar 2′ and ‘Avatar 3.’ I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, ‘You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third ‘Lord of the Rings.’ I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it. I’m deep into it and I’m living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it’s coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That’s when it gets fun. The characters talk and it’s writing itself. I’m almost there right now. It’s building fast.”

Cameron is currently writing the Avatar sequels in New Zealand and talked about the process:

“As a writer, I need isolation. I’m calling you from New Zealand right now where I’m writing on a little farm. When you live in a special world like Pandora, you have to live in that world.”

Cameron was then asked if he was feeling any building pressure to top the first movie:

“Pressure, no. It’s a little daunting because sequels are always tricky. You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I’ve walked that line in the past, so I’m not too worried about it. At the same time, I definitely have to deliver the goods. As for a release date that will be determined by when I get the script out. No pressure!”

Although Avatar 2 was originally targeted for a December, 2014 release and Avatar 3 for December, 2015, nothing’s in stone until Cameron gets the completed scripts over to Twentieth Century Fox Film and the production gurus work their magic.

Will you still care when the movies finally come out?

Via: Play Goes Strong

Cameron Plans To Begin Production on ‘Avatar’ Sequels Next Year

- 11-28-12Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

It’s been three years since “Dances With Blue Cat People”, a.k.a. Avatar. When the hell is James Cameron getting around to those supposed sequels? The avatards (me NOT included) are getting restless!

Well, actually, Cameron has been working on the scripts for the sequels ever since the first film became the highest grossing movie of all time. So he’s been sweating blue for a while.

Avatar producer Jon Landau had projected a 2015 release for the first of 2 sequels. Turns out, we’re getting Avatar 2: Electric Boogablue a year early.

While at the premiere for The Hobbit: An Unexpected  Journey, Cameron revealed to The West Australian that he plans on finishing his scripts by February next year, and production would commence at the end of 2013.

“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.” said Cameron.

If that wasn’t enough, the director/producer/undersea adventurer revealed his pursuit to jump on the Peter Jackson bandwagon… he plans to shoot the sequels at the new 48 frames per second format. Provided The Hobbit does well at the box office, of course.

So… film will look slightly more realistic. Well, that’s great. I can only hope he puts as much effort into the plot.

Source: The West Australian

Cameron’s Comments on ‘Avatar’ 2 & 3, Promises Better Script Than ‘Matrix Reloaded’

- 09-11-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Sure the release dates keep getting pushed back and there’s also all that talk about a fourth movie in the series, but right now filmmaker James Cameron is putting his focus on penning the back to back sequels to Avatar, the number one money-maker of all time in film.

While talking to Coming Soon, Cameron reiterated his plan to take us into Pandora’s oceans in the sequels, and the director says that his focus on the new setting is to draw parallels with environmental issues here on Earth as opposed to creature-porn with all the weird and wonderful species “Under Da Sea!” on Pandora.

“We’re doing ‘Avatar’ films now, so we’re making up an ocean ecosystem for Pandora. That’s gonna have less to do with the deep exploration that I’ve done than it has to do with my concerns about conservation of Earth’s oceans. The fact that we’re basically overfishing, climate change… a few degrees of temperature rise are gonna basically take out the coral reefs. All those beautiful images of the coral environments we all grew up with won’t exist in 50 years at the rate we’re going in terms of pumping greenhouse gases into the environment. These are the things that concern me.”

“I hope that explains it, ’cause people have connected the dots directly together. ‘Oh, going to the challenger deep has a direct connection to what we’re going to see in Avatar 2,’ and that’s not the case at all. It’s all the scuba diving I did before I even started the deep ocean stuff that has more of a direct connection to Avatar 2 & 3, which by the way won’t take place completely in or under the water. That’s just part of the environment of Pandora that we’re going to see.”

Another thing that Cameron’s conscious of: finding the right place to break the story between the scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Here’s what Cameron told Hero Complex:

“It’s a little bit of a daunting writing task because it’s two scripts and they’ve both gotta be done at the same time… I’m writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film. I don’t want to suffer from the ‘Matrix 2′ problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It’s gotta end. There’s gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that’s a fine line.”

I’m right there with you, Jim. I remember seeing The Matrix Reloaded in the theater and sitting in my seat stunned for a couple of minutes trying to comprehend how the movie suddenly ended where it did, while trying to remember for the life of me who that guy who was unconscious next to Neo. Hopefully, Cameron is a more skillful writer than Wachowskis. Of course, he did turn the story of Pocahontas into a Star Wars pastiche and made a mint doing it, so anything’s possible.

Source: ScreenRant

James Cameron Shooting 3 ‘Avatar’s’ Back-to-Back Now

- 06-26-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Forever (it seems), we’ve been talking about James Cameron making two sequels back-to-back to his mega-blockbuster Avatar, which made, if you’ll recall, almost $3 billion worldwide. But something curious has occurred now, the possibility of not one, not two, but three Avatar sequels shot back-to-back-to-back. The source is Sigourney Weaver, and while talking to Showbiz 411 about her new show Political Animals, she accidentally (on purpose?) let it slip that she just might be going back to Pandora to make three Avatar sequels, which is all the more impressive given that he character died in part one.

Here’s the news from Showbiz 411:

When Political Animals finishes shooting, see if you can follow Weaver’s schedule: she goes right into a new Christopher Durang play for a short run at Lincoln Center. Then she films Avatar 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said.

No word on when these movies are actually going to begin filming. Earlier this year, Cameron himself confirmed that the logistics for the films had been finished and they were about to get into the actual design work. Needless to say the original release date of December 2013 will not be met.

More news as it develops.

Source: Coming Soon

Avatar 2 and 3 Dated … Maybe

- 01-24-11Film Posted by David Manly

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Are you excited for the next installment of the Avatar franchise? I know I’m not!

Frankly, I thought the movie was ok. The story was bland, the dialogue was pretty corny, but the effects were amazing. Of that, there is no debate – seeing it in 3D was very, very cool.

But, when Avatar broke box office records, you just knew James Cameron would make more of them. And sure enough, he said that he has not one sequel planned, but two!

According to a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cameron is currently writing both films, and they will be shot back-to-back. He predicts that Avatar 2 will be released Christmas of 2014 with Avatar 3 in theaters a year later on Christmas of 2015.

Don’t hold your breath though, as Cameron is legendary for taking his damn time to make movies.

Are you looking forward to new Avatar films?

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