James Cameron Gives Latest 'Avatar' Sequel Updates from New Zealand
"I'm deep into it and I'm living in Pandora right now." He's gone. He's on another planet somewhere, one called Pandora, writing the screenplay. That's where James Cameron is right now. We're waiting for him to continue to write and develop the next two Avatar sequels, Avatar 2 & 3, before eventually making Avatar 4. Last we heard we weren't going to be seeing any of these until at least 2015, but in the meantime, we're curious what he is up to. A site called Play Goes Strong (via ComingSoon) recently posted a brief Q&A with Cameron, where they ask him about an update on the Avatar movies - and his location in New Zealand.
Pretty much all we know at the moment is that Cameron is working on these sequels to the '09 sci-fi action movie starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver, and not much else. "I'm making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I'm not going to produce other people's movies for them," he said last year. But now he's apparently relocated down to New Zealand, Peter Jackson's realm where Weta is located, to continue writing. At first, they asked about a scoop on the "upcoming little film called Avatar 2":
"Oh believe me, it's not that little! It's not exactly a little, intimate drama. 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."
Awesome. So it actually sounds like things are moving along—in the writing phase at least. That's where Cameron reveals to them that, "as a writer, I need isolation. 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." That sounds intense, I wonder if his farm is decorated with fauna to look like Pandora from Avatar—wouldn't that be amazing. There are supposed to be theme parks in the works. If only we could get a glimpse, but that wouldn't happen for a few years, if it's even real. The site asked him if he feels pressure:
"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!"
No pressure indeed, Mr. Cameron. We've got all the time in the world, right? Especially with new Star Wars coming in 2015, too. I can't help but wonder if "I've walked that line in the past, so I'm not too worried about it" refers to going from The Terminator to Terminator 2: Judgment Day or even just Aliens - and if so, imagine that kind of upgrade from Avatar to Avatar 2. We have no idea what kind of epicness is coming, and that's why I'm so excited, even if these kind of vague updates provide no details while we wait keep waiting for likely another two years. Thanks again to Play Goes Strong, where you can find the full interview also covering his Cirque du Soleil 3D movie from last year. Are you excited for these Avatar sequels?