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It’s been almost eight years since James Cameron‘s Avatar broke box office records and became one of the most fascinating topics in modern movie making in terms of legacy and cultural relevancy. That will be put to the test when the four Avatar sequels open in theatres starting in a couple of years, and while many of us doubted that the day would be coming, it’s starting to feel like it’s closer than we think. Yes, it’s been revealed when the Avatar sequels will begin principal photography, and let’s just say that the phrase “Back to School” is very apt.  (more…)

Whatever you thought of James Cameron‘s Avatar, there is no denying just how stunning a world the filmmakers created through their innovative use of CGI. As many as nine hundred people were working on the visual effects to create such a visually impressive film, from the unique lighting that created the eerie yet beautiful glow coming from the bioluminescent forests to the unique motion capture technology used to accurately recreate the minutiae of actors’ facial expressions. Plotholes and cliches aside, it is no surprise that this movie captivated people with its incredible visual effects, inspiring spin off books, video games, action figures, commemorative stamps and even a theme park attraction at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (more…)

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

While James Cameron is working on the next two installments to the Avatar franchise he created, he spoke with MTV about the possibility of a fourth film.  If it were to happen, it’d be a prequel to the story we all know so well by now, explaining the early expeditions of Pandora:

I have an idea for a fourth. I haven’t really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.

Because when we drop in, even in the first film in ‘Avatar 1,’ as it will be known in the future, we’re dropping into a process that’s 35 years in to a whole colonization. That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we’ll start, not imitating ‘Star Wars,’ but it’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan.

Seems like there’s definitely a lot of meat in these stories to be able to expand the film universe in the way that George Lucas did with Star Wars.  I’m actually interested in seeing the lead-up to everything we’ve seen so far in this universe.

Cameron went on to talk about the next two films, which he’s currently working on and “writing two scripts together as one big thing”:

We’ve spent two years refining the whole pipeline. It was a hideously complex process to make that film and a lot has been said about that, but we don’t want it to be done in the same prototypical way as the first one, we want it to be a much smoother workflow just for creativity reasons.

Where do the ideas come from?  Well, he clearly has a TARDIS and won’t admit to it:

You know, Peter Jackson had it easy, he already had the books. He had the books. Now if I had a time machine I could go forward and watch the movies and then come back, but I don’t!

On top of working on Avatar, Cameron still plans to get the film adaptation of the sci-fi manga series, Battle Angel, on the road.

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In between swimming in his Scrooge McDuck sized pool of Avatar money and deep sea voyages to the bottom of the sea, James Cameron still manages to be one busy man. Having openly said that he’s purely into making movies about tall blue cat creatures from now on, the director was originally set to have Avatar 2: Underwater Boogaloo (title pending) ready for theaters by December 2014.

Yeah… that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

Avatar star Sigourney Weaver has said that Cameron has planned to shoot up to three Avatar movies back-to-back-to-back, but according to producer Jon Landau’s assessment it’s not going to occur in the timeline 20th Century Fox has set. Even simply trying to keep his budget as low as possible and handle any future scheduling conflicts that could crop up for the actors between breaks in filming, the schedule that’s set isn’t managable. So according to Landau, the tentative 2014 date from Fox is going to be more like 2015.

That means no more Pandora for another 3 years. But at least there’s some progress.

An article from the New York Times has detailed Cameron’s $16 million purchase of 2,500 acres of farmland around Lake Pounui in New Zealand. That’s Peter Jackson‘s backyard and home to Jackson’s Wellington production studios. So there could be a partnership between the two for what could be Cameron’s new shootng location for the next several years. Even with the three year delay, you’ve got to respect what the man is doing with all this preparation.

From his army of digital effects wizards and his custom 3D technology – as well as the $2.7 billion and 3 Oscars – the man deserves to pace his schedule. How do you feel about the wait? Is it just or is Cameron once again doing as he pleases?

Source: Screen Rant

Been wondering what rock James Cameron has been hiding under, and what he’s working on? Well wonder no more! He recently spoke to Fox News about his work on the Avatar sequels, and these are the little snippets from that interview.

Cameron on the story and production plans for the film:

“We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc – not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that. We’re doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We’re creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that’s not already dead is coming back.”

Cameron on expectations for the next Avatar films to deliver more than the first:

“There’s always an expectation. I had to deal with that after ‘The Terminator’ back in 1984. All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was ‘what are you doing next?’ But my job is take the audience on a journey and entertain them,” he said. “The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora. I don’t think about that stuff, about standing on a red carpet. It has its own life, really. The characters have their own lives.”

Cameron plans for these sequels to be released in December of 2014 and 2015. If you think that the first film was gigantic, well he is planning for these sequels to be big enough to provide some jobs here in the States.  Jon Landau has estimated that 700 prospective jobs are available with this planned trilogy. Avatar exploded the 3-D market by showing the beauty and details that make the world in the film feel real and relatable to the audience.

With how well the first film did I am looking forward to see what he can still pull out of the Pandora Universe. What are your thoughts on this expected sequel?