Rumor: Avatar 2 Has Already Started Early Pre-Production?
Earlier this week, James Cameron's Avatar finally passed Titanic to become the highest grossing movie of all-time. With that kind of extreme success, it's obvious that 20th Century Fox wants to get things going on a prequel as soon as possible. I've heard rumblings that they want it ready right away. Now SlashFilm has heard from a trustworthy source that they've apparently already started hiring technical crew members for Avatar 2, the eventual sequel to the monumental blockbuster. Cameron confirmed a few weeks back that the sequel is definitely in the works. And I expect James Cameron will be back to direct it as well. Read on!
I'm sure we won't hear any official confirmation from Fox about this for a while, most likely because they want to hammer out some deals and make sure everything is 100% go before announcing that a sequel is in development. In addition to SlashFilm's report, which says that crew members are signing three to five year contracts, io9 separately heard from Avatar production designer Robert Stromberg who said that "we've chatted about certain things" and that when he sees Cameron next week "I'm sure we're going to talk about it." He also says that "we have to think about topping" Avatar, which is going to be quite a challenge.
I have a feeling that Cameron hasn't even written the screenplay yet (he's probably still on vacation), but considering how much work will go into making this movie, it's good that they're starting now. It won't take another 10 to 12 years to finish, but with rendering times of around 36 hours per frame, it's going to take a while to finish this sequel. For now that's all we've heard on Avatar 2, but as always, we'll keep you updated.