James Cameron Talks Pressure and Progress on Two 'Avatar' Sequels
Previously we heard that the anticipated sequels to Avatar would have a focus on the oceans of Pandora, and in October we learned that writer/director James Cameron would make the back-to-back sequels his next priority. However, since then we haven't heard much about the development of the sequels. Well, Fox News (via ComingSoon) recently caught up with Cameron at the Covenant House Gala in Los Angeles and he dished about their progress on the sequels and the pressure of following up a film that grossed $2.78 billion worldwide and still giving audiences the same adventure they loved in the first film.
Cameron updates, "We're shooting two films back-to-back, so I'm writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a [three]-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." Considering the good guys suffered nearly as many losses as the bad guys, I don't think there will be that many returning cast members, but look forward to seeing what new talent heads to Pandora.
As for the pressure of crafting two back-to-back sequels to the highest grossing film of all-time, Cameron seems to have his head on straight. The filmmaker says, "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. 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." Hopefully the story isn't as derivative this time around and allows for some deeper exploration into Pandora and the Na'vi. And if Cameron's sequel can trump the original as much as Terminator 2: Judgment Day topped its predecessor, then audiences should be more than pleased.