'Avatar 2' Begins Shooting in Late 2013 Says James Cameron

The director wants to shoot at 48 frames per second, just like Peter Jackson did on 'The Hobbit' movies.
Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will begin shooting near the end of 2013
Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will begin shooting near the end of 2013
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.

"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.

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Comments (64)

  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 What's Black Lagoon?

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. ejk1

    @felipe-11 Personally, I'd like to see something based on Black Lagoon, either film series or HBO series. My two cents that no one asked for, lol.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  3. Replicant

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx The Terminator sucked? It's probably the best time travel movie ever made... The plot deals -ironically- with anti-war themes (on an action movie), the dangers of technology, feminism (a theme in all his movies). And the cherry on top are the awesome visuals and action (which was done on a B-movie level budget, and ended up being a blockbuster). How many directors have had a debut like that? I'd say give it another shot, movies change with subsequent viewings.

    @redcameraman@ghostman haha Piranha 2 wasn't even completely directed by him; he was working on the special effects when the attacthed director was fired halfway through, and then they fired Cameron too. He disowns it as his own film. He considers his real directorial debut was Terminator (and so do I).

    @dan1@john-m I've seen the Battle Angel anime (I'm a huge sci-fi/cyberpunk fan) and I can honestly say nobody will be missing out on anything. I'd rather see him adapt Ghost In The Shell, or Bubblegum Crisis rather than BA...

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  4. ejk1

    Why is Cameron wasting his time with a sequel to the highest grossing film of all-time? Because he's hoping for that same magic. There's nothing wrong with that. I'll take James Cameron's shameless money grab over many other people with their phony posturing. And remember, James Cameron doesn't do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is...James Cameron.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. ROFLitschristian

    And after what started out as a week chalk full of fantastic movie news, this sh*t comes about...

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I was going to comment and reply, but nope, not gonna

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. Sean

    @redcameraman Yeah, hopefully late 2013 is when they will start filming it. At least that is when James Cameron is planning on starting on it. Although, it will be interesting to see if James Cameron will stick to the plan to start on Avatar 2 by then.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. K.Guy


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  9. Dan

    @the-movieghost I still believe we won't see Avatar 2 until 2017-18. Regardless of where he's at with writing it, he'll want to wait almost a decade to build it up into an event. Until then, everyone will be stringed along, eating up the table scraps here n there.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  10. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I really hope they do start shooting sometime though.

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  11. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    @ghostman: These are my most favorites from James Cameron:

    1. Avatar
    2. The Abyss
    3. Terminator 2
    4. Aliens
    5. Titanic
    6. Terminator 1
    7. True Lies

    Have no interest in "Piranha 2."

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  12. the MovieGhost

    You said it best @dan1. I'll get "excited" when I see some legitimate stuff.

    1 year agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  13. Nicholaus XX

    And "The Man From Nowhere".

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  14. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- When I'm watching an action movie, I tend to do that. Thank you. That's one of the only reasons why I really liked "The Raid".

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  15. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Well if only you could watch a movie with an open mind and not be so damned critical about it, just enjoy the film for entertainment you might actually love the movies you see.

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  16. Ryan Stone

    Funny how things work out. Cameron decided the first Avatar wasn't ready to make until after he saw Gollum in Two Towers. Now he's beginning Avatar 2 and will use the 48 fps. Peter Jackson is the the man!

    1 year agoby @ryan-stoneFlag

  17. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- An action movie that's over 2 hours? Yikes! That, too?! Oh, boy, are you setting this movie up for failure.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  18. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Ha! You'll enjoy the action and visuals. you might find it a bit too long (2 hours and 23 minutes) and story might drag in the middle up until the climatic finale that is mirror copy of the first films ending.

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  19. Nicholaus XX

    @john-m -- Why, thank you. But, in all seriousness, I'm nothing like this in real life. I know most people look at films as nothing more than entertainment, and so I treat it as just that. But, if I'm going to frequent a film website, I'm going to elaborate. I'm going to be bold. I'm going to step on some toes, and come across as a complete 'douchebag'.

    I get it.

    Regardless of that fact, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter. I still stand by what I say, but it shouldn't be taken to heart, and anger/annoy you. It's too bad people fail to grasp that notion.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  20. John M

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx: You certainly deserve the "arrogant" in your name.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  21. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- Nice job disparaging my already-little-faith. Lol.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  22. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Even if you do, I'm sure you'll think it's a "highly overrated sci-fi classic."

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  23. John M

    @ghostman: I agree with that though I think I've made my feelings clear toward Avatar and would have laced The Abyss higher then that, but still I agree with your list.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  24. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- I haven't seen it, yet.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  25. Ghostman

    Keep stalling James, these Avatar sequels will never be made.

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  26. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Please don't tell me you hated T2 as well. Here's how I rank Cameron's films I have seen:

    1. T2
    2. Aliens- Special Edition
    3. Titanic
    4. Terminator
    5. Avatar
    6. The Abyss
    7. True Lies
    8. Piranha 2

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  27. Nicholaus XX

    @john-m -- Did we see the same film? The acting in "Avatar" was MUCH better. The lines and sporadic acting in "The Terminator" were unintentionally hilarious. The story? Didn't have one. Well, I mean, of course it had a plot; it just wasn't elaborate, or noteworthy. It was an action movie; I get that. But, even in terms of an action movie, it still fell short. It wasn't entertaining, nor was it mind-blowing. It might've been in it's time, but it sure as hell isn't now.

    Now thinking about it, "The Terminator" might've been mediocre. The visuals and sound editing are quite possibly the ONLY things it has going for it. You can't deny that, with that logic, the Transformers movies f*cking rock. And we all know the folly in that statement.

    Sporadic mediocre performances, cheesy dialogue, lack of plot, and overstaying their visit.

    The aforementioned movies ring a bell. I'll hold my breath until I see T2 and "Aliens", but my thoughts on James Cameron are, in a lot of respects, a classier version of Michael Bay.


    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  28. John M

    @dan1: I agree I'd rather have him work on that. I know my older brother would. He's a huge fan of the Manga and was excited to learn that Cameron was going to work on the film.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx: That puts the Terminator in a much better light then Avatar, and if the Terminator sucked then Avatar was down right terrible.

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  29. Nicholaus XX

    On topic, this is an unnecessary sequel, and gets a big thumbs-down, from me.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag