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.
James Cameron says Avatar 2 and 3 will complete the story of Pandora
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.