James Cameron was the surprise guest at the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in New Zealand yesterday, lending his support to director Peter Jackson. The filmmaker also provided an update on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, revealing that he hopes to finish the screenplays by February to start production by the end of 2013.
Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will begin shooting near the end of 2013
"I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don't want to be writing the movie in post production. We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don't want to do that again."
Back in April, the director's producing partner Jon Landau revealed that Avatar 2 might not make its proposed December 2014 release date. If shooting doesn't start until the end of 2013, it seems we may be waiting a bit longer before heading back to Pandora.
The filmmaker also believes that Peter Jackson's use of the 48 frames per second frame rate will lead the way for his Pandora-set sequels.
"If there is acceptance of 48, then that will pave the way for Avatar (sequels) to take advantage of it. We charged out ahead on 3D with Avatar
, now Peter
's doing it with The Hobbit
. It takes that kind of bold move to make change."
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.