James Cameron announced on Monday that he will make three sequels to his 2009 sci-fi blockbuster movie Avatar. The sequels will be filmed in New Zealand, the first, Avatar 2, having a planned release date in 2016.
Cameron made the announcement at a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, with producer Jon Landau and Prime Minister John Key also in attendance.
Cameron had this to say at the press conference:
“It’s quite a thrill to be officially saying that we’re bringing the Avatar films to New Zealand. We had such a wonderful experience here making the first film.”
Cameron also revealed that he intends to make the sequels in 3D and will be shooting some sequences at 48 frames per second, taking a page from Peter Jackson’s playbook. He also discussed some plot details, including the interesting revelation that the films will explore the family dynamics of Sam Worthington’s character, Jake Sully.
This a real boon for the New Zealand film industry, which pretty much came to a screeching halt in a post-Lord of the Rings world. Needless to say, Prime Minister Key and the whole country are incredibly grateful for the work and revenue these sequels will provide. He had this to say at the press conference:
“It’s a day of great celebration. It’s a great Christmas present for those involved in making world-class movies.”
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