'Avatar 2' and '3' Not a Traditional Trilogy Says James Cameron

The director reveals his Free-Film sequels are more of a long character arc than a traditional trilogy, and that every character who lived through 'Avatar' will return.

James Cameron says Avatar 2 and 3 will complete the story of Pandora
James Cameron says Avatar 2 and 3 will complete the story of Pandora
Director James Cameron is currently writing the sequel scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which will be released in 2014 and 2015. The filmmaker revealed his Pandora franchise won't necessarily be a trilogy, and confirmed that all of the characters who lived in Avatar will return for the sequels.

We're shooting two films back-to-back, so I'm writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-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."

We reported last month that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will be shot at the enormous MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach, California. Producer Jon Landau indicated the sequels could created up to 700 jobs, and also talked about the studio's flexibility.

"Another thing the Manhattan Beach studio affords us is the ability to expand. Should we need to pick up and do a live action shoot, should we need more space, they have it."

James Cameron also spoke about the pressure of living up to Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time, although he is used to the pressure by now.

"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," he said. "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."

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Avatar 2 comes to theaters November 2016 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Avatar 3 comes to theaters November 2017 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.



Sources: Fox News

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Comments (39)

  1. Sean

    @ghostman
    Yeah, that's going to be interesting to see. Also, since Avatar 2 and 3 are coming out in 2014 and in 2015, it's going to be a while until we see it as well.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. Ghostman

    @sean I hope so! got all excited when he announced it :)

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  3. Sean

    @ghostman
    That's probably going to be filmed between the time that they make Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. deathface

    People don't understand that you go see a film to be sucked into to another world. Avatar was huge, not only because of the effects or the price of the tickets (it would still be number one even if it wasn't in 3d) but because the world was so diverse. The plot fair enough has been done before but its really only there to move things along. It might be a bold statement but James Cameron is in many ways like J.R.R Tolkien. He created a unique world with unique creatures and beings.

    I'd also like to add that i have a possible title for Avatar 2 which is AVATAR: THE WRATH OF MAN.

    3 years agoby @deathfaceFlag

  5. Herosyie Syie

    can be little early I can not wait

    3 years agoby @Herosyie-SyieFlag

  6. moviegeek

    @SomethingMore Star Wars was the highest grossing film of all time and it had a sequel.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Whatever, I'm excited for the day to come :)

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. K.Guy

    @SomethingMore Yep, and it's enough time for it to grow more popularity!

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  9. SomethingMore

    For very first time, we'll see sequel to top grosser of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  10. SomethingMore

    Well guys, if Avatar become top grosser of all time than it has something in it that's why it become a history. So..get over it. Peoples who watch movies in threaters are not fools. They liked Avatar that's why it become history

    3 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  11. SomethingMore

    For very first time, we'll see sequel to top grosser of all time!

    3 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  12. SomethingMore

    For very first time, we'll see sequel to top grosser of all time

    3 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  13. Dan

    @thedude1 I'm prob the most relaxed individual on this site. You don't gotta worry bout me, man.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  14. TheDude1

    @dan1 My fault lol. Most of the time people don't joke around when talking about Alien and Aliens and which one is better.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  15. RojoDiablo

    I didn't think Aliens 3 was all that bad. The first two films just set the bar way too high imo.

    3 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  16. Ghostman

    Such a loooooong wait!! and btw, what the hell happened to the 'planned' Avatar prequel novel Mr. Cameron?

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  17. Dan

    @thedude1 Bitter much? I was just messin' around, dude.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  18. TheDude1

    @dan1 And Avatar was a terrible movie and I will hear no more. See two can play at this stupid game.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  19. Darkmarkman

    @rufio, I 100% agree with you. How a science fiction ripoff of Dances with Wolves made that much money is beyond me.

    3 years agoby @darkmarkmanFlag

  20. Dan

    @ejk1 I wish that were true....

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  21. ejk1

    @dan1 I know not of this Alien 3 you speak of. Clearly, it is a figment of your imagination, sir :P

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. Dan

    @ejk1 And then Aliens 3 came along and wrecked the awesomeness of Aliens lol.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  23. ejk1

    I love Aliens. The firefight, momma alien, Newt. It's my favorite from the series.

    As far as this goes, I think I'm with @moviegeek

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  24. Dan

    @thedude-abides@thedude1 Aliens was better than Alien. I will hear no more :)

    It's a long ways off, but I'm glad to finally be reading about what he's doing with the story, not the technical stuff. Still blabbering about the tech stuff, but at least we got some hints dropped about other things than that.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  25. moviegeek

    Well I'm not drooling over this project at all. There's too many anticipated films coming in the next year alone. I'm glad he's working on this, but three years of bated breath is too much for me :P

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  26. Sean

    @mosorwvlad
    Why ? , is it because the "Avatar world", is far from what are world is like ? , lol .

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  27. thedude-abides

    @thedude1 I'm not saying it's better; I'm saying it's one of the greatest sequels ever. As far as Alien being a far better movie, that's a matter of opinion.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  28. mosorwvlad

    Just think of all the people that are going to be depressed, after Avatar 2 & 3 are released ! If you know what i mean !

    3 years agoby @mosorwvladFlag

  29. K.Guy

    Oh my God, it's so far away.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag