James Cameron Talks 'Avatar' Sequels Production Speed, Tech & More
We're still waiting to find out some juicy details about the forthcoming Avatar sequels (remember there are three more films coming starting in 2016), and in the meantime, director James Cameron has some noteworthy updates. Speaking with RTL (via ComingSoon) recently, Cameron talked about the sequels in general without giving any story details away. But he also discussed how improved technology will allow them to move faster than the four years it took to make Avatar. Though it will have been seven years since the first film came out when the first sequel arrives, it will still take them far less time to finish each sequel.
As for where Cameron and his team are at right now, the director says:
We’re still in the early stages. Right now we’re developing the software. I’m writing the scripts. We’re designing all the creatures and characters and the settings, and so on. So, I’m not actually directing yet, but I’m doing all the other creative processes that lead up to that. It’s going very well. I think it’s going to be spectacular. You’ll see new worlds, new habitats, new cultures. The primary conflict between the human view kind of dominating nature and the Na’vi view of being integrated into nature is the same, but it manifests itself in very different ways.
The good news is, upgraded software and the tech they developed for the first film has only gotten better:
The first film took almost four years to make. We expect to be able to accelerate the process quite a bit, because we’ve improved a lot of the software and the computer graphics tools, and we’ve been working very closely with Weta Digital down here in New Zealand developing a whole new suite of tools to speed up the process.
As for how Cameron intends to shoot the film, that's a decision still being mulled over. Cameron says, "I’m studying [high frame rate]. I haven’t made a final decision yet, whether the entire film will be made at high frame rate or parts of it. You know, we’ll be shooting at a native resolution of probably 4K and so then there should be a lot of true 4K theaters by then as well." Considering the consensus on high frame rate for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy so far hasn't been overwhelmingly positive, it's probably better to just drop the idea entirely. Are there any chances he'll use IMAX cameras? We hope so. Stay tuned for Avatar updates.