James Cameron: The Scripts For All Three ‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Almost Done

By April 13, 2014
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James Cameron gave some juicy Avatar news to Reddit users during his recent AMA session (“Ask Me Anything”). He revealed that he’s currently working on the scripts for Avatar’s three sequels and plans to complete them within six weeks. I know, right? I can barely write three Tweets a day! Here’s what Cameron said in his own words:

The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They’re essentially all in pre-production now because we are designing creatures, settings and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.

Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno are all collaborating with him on the sequel scripts.

In the truly excellent AMA, which I highly recommend you check out in full, Cameron also further professed his love of 3D movies and large screen formats:

I believe all movies should be made in 3D, forever, but the projection needs to be better and brighter. I want people to see in the movie theaters what I am seeing in my perfectly calibrated screening room and people aren’t seeing that. Larger formats. I’d love to see screens get bigger.

He also had some interesting thoughts on the Terminator franchise:

Well, I have to be objective, or as objective as possible about that. I’m not big fans of the films, I think that the big ideas of the first movies – I didn’t make the second film until I had an idea as big as the first film, and it had to do with the moral complexity of the story, and asking the audience by the end of the film to cry for a Terminator. I don’t think that the 3rd or 4th film lived up to that potential. “Sarah Connor Chronicles” I never really watched much of it, so I never gave it a chance I get to get hooked, like you have to with a TV series. I’m hopeful that the new films, which are being made right now as a reboot, but still involving Arnold, will be good. From what I’ve seen from afar, it looks like they will be quite good.

And the film that influenced him the most:

Well, I can point directly to the film that had the biggest early influence on me, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Even though it’s not necessarily my favorite film right now, it has a very special place for me developmentally, because when I saw it, I went from someone who enjoyed watching movies to wanting to make movies myself. So I started to experiment with creating that imagery.

Cameron was game for every question that came his way, including the possibility of a Schwarzenegger appearance in one of the Avatar sequels:

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And I especially liked this Titanic question:
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Production on Avatar 2, 3 & 4 is scheduled to begin this fall. The pics are slated for release December 2016 to 2018.

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Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.