Whether you loved or hated James Cameron’s Avatar, it is the biggest film of all time, and no doubt the sequels will also be monster hits when they eventually get made. It’s been over three years since the groundbreaking film re-invented 3D and took over the world, yet the sequels are still a long way off.
Talk of the sequels has been lingering for a long time, and while we know for definite there will be two sequels, possibly shot back to back, there have also been rumours of a fourth film, plus other stories of Cameron stating he will ONLY make Avatar films now for the rest of his career. Naturally, speculation and excitement probably got in the way of the truth, and for now the 100% definite plans is that there WILL be an Avatar 2 and 3, and Cameron is currently secluded himself in a quiet space to get writing the sequels.
Speaking with Play Goes Strong, he said “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 went on about the challenges of writing an original story, and even joked (I hope) that Peter Jackson had it easy with The Lord of the Rings because he had source material!
“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.”
So, it’s building fast he says. Its been three years now since Avatar came out, and yes the sequels are going to be huge, but with 3D becoming the norm in cinemas, if Cameron doesn’t hurry up, there just might be less of an interest to see the sequels? Obviously there is pressure for Cameron to get these films made while Avatar is still quite fresh in peoples minds, but what about the pressure of actually writing sequels to the biggest film of all time?
“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!”
(Source: Play Goes Strong)