After confirming that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will be shot back-to-back next year, actress Zoe Saldana offered another update on the Pandora-set sequels, revealing that James Cameron is almost done with the screenplays. Here's what the actress had to say, revealing the filmmaker is trying to distance himself from distractions.
James Cameron is putting the final tweaks on the Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 screenplays
"We've emailed, but I know that he's sort of been removing himself from things that might distract him so that he can focus on doing the final tweaks on the scripts. He did share that he's in a very interesting and fragile place, because the story is dictating itself. You walk a fine line when you're the creator of the story you're going to tell, of the manipulation that you may have unconsciously of the story and the characters versus allowing the story to unfold it, because you did create such a monumental and solid platform that they're just living and breathing organisms and they're the ones that need to make their own decisions. I'm geek talking right now, but that's how intense it affects me and how I feel about amazing storytellers like James Cameron
, like J.J. Abrams
. They create things that are real out of unimaginable scenarios, and that is beautiful to me."
We reported in March that the writer-director was still working on the scripts, and that both sequels do not have release dates set in stone yet. It was initially believed that Avatar 2 will hit theaters in December 2014, and Avatar 3 will debut in December 2015. Since production will not get under way until early 2014, it seems Avatar 2 may be ready for a December 2015 release, with Avatar 3 arriving in December 2016.
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.