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'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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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- Well, uh, what can I say; I aim to please.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Oh, nothing. Just reading the last few comments. Entertaining stuff

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @corey --- In that regard, there's a difference, between the two. "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" was over-the-top, and vibrant beyond words. Everything was exaggerated, especially the villains. "The Terminator" included bad acting, for the sake of bad acting. I couldn't help but laugh during the scene where the female lead abruptly starts acting like a drill instructor, to show that everything's falling in the right place.

    I hope you're not serious. The extras for "The Avengers" sucked, Scarlett Johansson sucked, and other cast mates sporadically sucked. What would you rate the acting, out of 10, and what movie would you rate a 10 when it comes to acting?

    So, the characters in the comics are....two-dimensional?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. Corey W.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx And Sctott Pilgrim vs. The World doesn't have sh*t acting? Because it does. And The Avengers is far from badly acted. If you knew anything about comics you'd know that each actor embodies the characters from the comics for the fans perfectly, especially RDJ.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  5. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- A classic that's shallow, laughably acted, and tedious. And a melodramatic blockbuster that's conclusion is a replica of "Transformers: Dark of The Moon", a mediocre action film.


    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  6. Corey W.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Understandable. We all have our opinions. But I think just about 90 percent of audiences would prefer a classic like Terminator and blockbuster like The Avengers over Scott Pilgrim vs The World any day of the week :P

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- Mindless action flick? Well, I don't know if "The Raid" could be considered "brainless", but I really enjoyed that one. I really liked "The Man From Nowhere", "Kick-Ass", and "Scott Pilgrim Vs The World", too. I'm always up for a fun, action movie. As long as it's quality ridden, of course. But, if it's anything like 'The Averages', I'll gladly oppose it. I don't bash them because their "not perfect"; no film is perfect. I bash them because they suck. It's as simple as that.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. Corey W.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I'm just going to throw in my two cents. Not to start an argument, but based on what I've been reading on this thread, I think you Nick need to learn to just sit back and enjoy a brainless action flick every once and a while, and not bash them because they aren't perfect. No movie is 100 percent perfect, or at least not all the time.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  9. Nicholaus XX

    @felipe-11 -- I know that; I was talking about about "Transformers: Dark of The Moon". That's clear? I'm trying to reread my posts to uncover what allowed you to grasp such a notion, but I'm failing, miserably.

    I. Know. That. You don't know who you're talking to, apparently.

    Again, I know that. Which is odd, since it's so much like Michael Bay's Transformers. Maybe people judged by special effects and sound editing(like you mentioned), and neglected everything else. That's the only conclusion I've drawn, given the film's quality.

    The look/effects of a film don't matter when everything else is 'so-so'. But, as long as it's groundbreaking, it meets critical acclaim.

    Even if it's "Avatar"...

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  10. Replicant

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Cameron wasn't even involved in Terminator 3, so I'm not talking about the whole franchise, just T1 and T2 which he wrote/directed.

    Anyway, it's clear now that you don't know/understand what "themes" in a movie are. Themes aren't the plot, themes are the undertones that drive the plot. The Matrix for instance, is a movie about robots taking over mankind, that's the plot -the themes however are existentialism & reality, religion, etc. No, they don't go in deep into each theme, it's just enough to plant the idea and make the plot move.

    The Terminator, whether you like it or not, was a total comercial/critical success. Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs was great and looked appropriate on a budget/genre basis, but Terminator looked MUCH better than most of the sci-fi movies that were being done at the time with much larger budgets (as it also happened with Spielberg's Jaws and Ridley Scott's Alien, for instance).

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  11. MovieManiac

    Lool, forgot this movie was even being made.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  12. Dan

    @bryanyentz hahahaha.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  13. Bryan Yentz

    Continued to alter the script in post, eh? So he was still unsure of what plots to steal even during editing?

    2 years agoby @bryanyentzFlag

  14. ChiRep_1

    Well at least he addressed that the script sucked..

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  15. Nicholaus XX

    @felipe-11 -- I've only seen the first one, and all I got was "we need to get the hell out of here, and continue to run throughout the entire movie before he gets to us". Sure, those elements were mentioned, but they sure as hell weren't explored. You're ignoring so many other examples. Have you not seen the first two Transformers? Aye? Sexism is oozing out of every single movie in that particular franchise.

    No, I'm not. Have you not seen the third one? Again, it mentioned it, but it never explored it, just like "The Terminator". Nice jab, though. Even if it failed, it was appreciated.

    True, but that was just an attempt to show you an example of a great debut. "The Terminator", not so much.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  16. TheDude1

    James Cameron's ego strikes yet again.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  17. Dan

    You guys are killing me here....

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  18. John M

    @ejk1: lol. Love the South Park reference to one of it's best episodes and it's true James Cameron does what James Cameron does is because James Cameron is...James Cameron.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  19. Replicant

    @ejk1 lol I laughed so hard on that South Park episode! James Cameron raises the bar :P

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  20. Replicant

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx They WERE planned. It becomes obvious when you watch the film and those themes carry out the movie and aren't things you just bump into randomly, and even more obvious when watch the rest of his movies, they all have similar themes. Transformers? Gimme a break, a close-up of a Victoria's Secret lingerie model's ass walking up the stairs isn't a sexism theme, it's an *sshole who can't figure out what else to do with women in his movies. Politics? Now you're just throwing whatever you can find at me, does it also deal with the economic strugle in the american automotive industry lol?

    And yeah, Tarantino had an amazing debut too, there's no denying (one of my favs, just got my Tarantino XX in the mail yesterday :P ), but only a handful of directors can claim that. Hell, even David Fincher had a sh*tty start...

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  21. CelluloidDreams

    Years later we get Part 2!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  22. Nicholaus XX

    @felipe-11 -- Kind of. You make it sound as if those overtones were well-thought out, and blatantly, or subtly present. They were there, no doubt. But, not in a positive light. I mean, again, the same could be said for the Transformer movies. They dealt with sexism, politics, revenge(?), sacrifices; the list goes on. But, the movies were almost never interesting.

    Tarantino had a better debut, I'll tell you that. Way better.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  23. The_Crow2k

    This might have an effect like T2 and Aliens i'm pretty optimistic.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  24. ejk1

    @dan1 blame South Park.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  25. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus Try the show. I haven't read the manga fully, but the show is entertaining as hell.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  26. Dan

    @ejk1 You made my head hurt with your James Cameron comment..

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Hmm, guess I have a holiday marathon. Does the anime follow the mange exactly or are there any changes?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  28. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus A great manga/anime. Very adult.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  29. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 What's Black Lagoon?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  30. 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.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  31. 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...

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  32. 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.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  33. ROFLitschristian

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

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  34. Bawnian©-Dexeus

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

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  35. 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.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  36. K.Guy


    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  37. 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.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  38. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I really hope they do start shooting sometime though.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  39. 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."

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  40. the MovieGhost

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

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  41. Nicholaus XX

    And "The Man From Nowhere".

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  42. 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".

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  43. 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.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  44. 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!

    2 years agoby @ryan-stoneFlag

  45. Nicholaus XX

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

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  46. 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.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  47. 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.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

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