Because we know that the Avatar sequels are the foremost thing on your mind these days, we here at Nerd Bastards now bring you the latest in casting news for James Cameron’s money-machines. (more…)
James Cameron‘s Avatar has remained popular for the 4 years since its release. And with at least 3 more films in the franchise scheduled, starting with the first in 2015, Disney apparently decided to strike while the iron is relatively hot.
Enter: Avatar Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (more…)
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Deja vu? Possibly. You might recall a rumor in 2011 that said that Arnold Schwarzenegger, an actor whose worldwide fame was assured after appearing in the 1984 hit The Terminator, was re-joining that film’s director, James Cameron, for his latest opus, the sequel to the number one film of all-time, Avatar. The rumors died off when progress on the sequels slowed down (and as Cameron’s ambitions expanded), but with it coming down to a do-or-die start date for the sequel trilogy if it wants to make its holiday 2015 release date, the rumor returns: Will Arnie play a role in Avatar 2?
Latino Review is saying that the answer to that question is yes. Schwarzenegger will join the cast as “a bad guy human general,” who presumably takes over for Stephen Lang’s character in part one as the man in charge of humanity’s pursuit of unobtanium on Pandora. This could be highly interesting development for both the film, and for Schwarzenegger, who hasn’t appeared in a Cameron film since 1994′s True Lies, and hasn’t played the villain in a movie since probably the first Terminator. Also interesting is that if Schwarzenegger does sign up for Avatar 2, it might make him unavailable for the Terminator sequel/reboot that also has a proposed 2015 release date.
If hired, Schwarzenegger will join the retuning cast of Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. Currently, the scripts for the three Avatar sequels are being overseen by James Cameron and written by Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages). Cameron is aiming to shoot the films back-to-back-to-back for holiday season 2015, 2016, and 2017 releases.
What do you Bastards think, want to see Schwarzenegger be bad in Avatar 2?
Apparently, James Cameron’s obsession with his Avatar world has not gone far enough (though many of us may argue that it’s gone too far already). In addition to promising three new movies in the near future, now the franchise has jumped mediums. Brace yourselves folks, for you will have the opportunity to read about the world of Avatar in the pages of four novels.
Yesterday we brought you some news about James Cameron bringing on a new writer to help with his upcoming Avatar sequels. Well now it looks like the extended workforce means a bigger workload. Though Cameron had only hinted at the possibility before, it looks to be official – there will not be two, but three new Avatar flicks.
The writing dream team now consists of Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (Salinger). And Cameron himself, of course.
But wait, that’s not all! With the announcement of the addition of a fourth film comes a report that production on the new three will begin next year. Their plan is to release Avatar 2 in December of 2016 and then follow that with a new one each year until they run out.
Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.
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.
Remember that time the Clash of the Titans remake came out just a couple of months after Avatar convinced Hollywood that it became the highest grossest movie of all time because it was in 3-D? Well, the man behind Clash says the rushed post conversion 3-D in his film says it sucked.
I’ll let that sink in.
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis Leterrier, who’s doing press for his new film Now You See Me, discussed how he was “literally thrown under the bus,” and how the studio twisted his arm in its decision to convert the film to 3-D in post-production was made by the studio brass. “At one point it was like, ‘Yeah, Louis chose the 3D.’ And I was like, ‘No, guys, I didn’t choose the 3D. I actually told you it’s not working. I couldn’t control it. I said don’t do it.’”
As for what happened after that…
It was famously rushed and famously horrible. It was absolutely horrible, the 3D. Nothing was working, it was just a gimmick to steal money from the audience. I’m a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it’s not my movie.
That was a bold statement for Leterrier to make… more than four years after Clash of the Titans came out. But at least we have official confirmation from someone in the know that, yeah, they made a boo-boo converting Clash to 3-D in post. C’est la vie.
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.
According to a star of one film, and a producer of the other, the two most highly anticipated sequels since….well, ever probably, will begin filming almost simultaneously.
Both sequels are scheduled to begin production early in 2014, the Avatar 2 news was reported by Zoe Saldana, who plays Neytiri in the James Cameron franchise. She has also confirmed something long assumed regarding the Avatar sequels: As expected, Parts 2 and 3 will be filmed back to back. She mentioned this on The Johnathan Ross Show in the UK (according to Digital Spy), and had this to say about why the sequels will be produced consecutively:
I think that they’re doing a part two and a part three and they’re probably going to shoot it at the same time. Because if we just do two and then wait, I’ll probably be 45 or 50 by the time we get to part three. It takes a long time, it’s a very hard process.
Bryan Burk, long-time producer for J.J. Abrams and co-founder of Bad Robot (as well as producer on Star Wars: Episode VII, naturally) revealed the rough, tentative shooting schedule for SW7 in an interview with Collider:
We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues. As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and Star Wars will be no different.
If these assertions prove accurate, then we can indeed expect a May 2015 release for Episode VII. Avatar 2, being more CGI-heavy, will probably take longer – estimates put its release at Christmas of 2015.