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Cameron confirms that 'Avatar 2' will be happening

01.07.2010

Back before Christmas, filmmaker James Cameron was somewhat hesitant to seriously discuss the possibility of an AVATAR sequel. While he did admit to having "some story ideas for how to branch out into the other moons of Polyphemus [the giant planet that Pandora orbits], we gotta make some money with this one before we think about the sequel!"

More than a billion bucks later (and the #2 spot on the all-time moneymaker list), Jim seems a little more confident. Apparently an AICN reader was just at an AVATAR screening at L.A.'s Arclight Theater, and at the afterglow Q&A, Cameron was asked point-blank if there would be more. His response? The plan was always to make a trilogy (yeah, naturally) and that "Yes, there'll be another."

While the really hard part [creating all the tech] is already done, obviously this just raises more questions. Where would Cameron take a sequel's story? How much additional scrutiny and criticism would it receive for being contrived? How much more viewer depression would it cause for not being real? How would it piss off certain political parties? And what does that mean for the endlessly-in-development BATTLE ANGEL ALITA, or any of his other plans?

I don't have any answers, but I sure do adore Zoe Saldana. Blue or otherwise.

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Extra Tidbit: I love Cameron's work, but I gotta admit I never thought AVATAR would make even half of what it already has.
Source: AICN

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9:52AM on 01/10/2010
BRING IT ON! Avatar was a perfect movie that is well deserving of a sequel- Especially from a man whose brought us two of the greatest sequels of all time.
BRING IT ON! Avatar was a perfect movie that is well deserving of a sequel- Especially from a man whose brought us two of the greatest sequels of all time.
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9:46PM on 01/09/2010

And seriously..

For all those who are predicting or suggesting Sequels, just stop. It is extremely silly to be predicting something that will not be out for another year and that has no obvious branch out. What i'm trying to say is that cameron has it all in his head, and has had it in there for 14 years to tweak and perfect. And judging by his films, he sure as hell knows how to write a good story, so just hold on, have faith. You will not be disappointed.
For all those who are predicting or suggesting Sequels, just stop. It is extremely silly to be predicting something that will not be out for another year and that has no obvious branch out. What i'm trying to say is that cameron has it all in his head, and has had it in there for 14 years to tweak and perfect. And judging by his films, he sure as hell knows how to write a good story, so just hold on, have faith. You will not be disappointed.
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4:25PM on 01/09/2010

Thank god.

This is great, this movie deserves all that it's getting, and more. For all of you who say the story in insufficient, unfortunately, your wrong. Like i've read already, this film was introduction to characters, envirment etc. And it still pulled off the best story i've ever encountered. I may be biest because i have a deep Passion for this film, but it does not take away the truth of what i have said.
This is great, this movie deserves all that it's getting, and more. For all of you who say the story in insufficient, unfortunately, your wrong. Like i've read already, this film was introduction to characters, envirment etc. And it still pulled off the best story i've ever encountered. I may be biest because i have a deep Passion for this film, but it does not take away the truth of what i have said.
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7:35PM on 01/08/2010

Enough Already!

Is Avatar 2 going to be All Dogs go to Heaven in Space? James, make Battle Angel already!
Is Avatar 2 going to be All Dogs go to Heaven in Space? James, make Battle Angel already!
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1:48PM on 01/08/2010

NICE!

Already excited!
Already excited!
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1:13PM on 01/08/2010

I never doubted you James Cameron!!!

Say what you will about the plot - Every scene in this film feels absolutely FILLED with rich backstory and potential. The ships, the natives, all of it. Should a trilogy emerge, the criticism of the 1st film's story will cease because it ultimately was just introducing the characters for the epic journey to come... a-la Star Wars.... lets just make sure he stops at 3.
Say what you will about the plot - Every scene in this film feels absolutely FILLED with rich backstory and potential. The ships, the natives, all of it. Should a trilogy emerge, the criticism of the 1st film's story will cease because it ultimately was just introducing the characters for the epic journey to come... a-la Star Wars.... lets just make sure he stops at 3.
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11:21AM on 01/08/2010

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Its too early to discuss the sequel and I am glad that its going to be a trilogy.

Zoe Saldana in blue is my favorite. I don't know she looks hot in blue... :-)

Its too early to discuss the sequel and I am glad that its going to be a trilogy.

Zoe Saldana in blue is my favorite. I don't know she looks hot in blue... :-)

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4:26PM on 01/09/2010
I concur. :)
I concur. :)
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8:48AM on 01/08/2010
James Cameron = The greatest director alive!
James Cameron = The greatest director alive!
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3:19AM on 01/08/2010
I liked Avatar well enough, but it was a very underwhelming movie storywise. Visually it was fantastic and was still very well acted and directed. If the story's better next time, I'm down for a sequel.
I liked Avatar well enough, but it was a very underwhelming movie storywise. Visually it was fantastic and was still very well acted and directed. If the story's better next time, I'm down for a sequel.
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2:34AM on 01/08/2010

I just got back from Pandora

I liked it. I felt like it just touched the surface for more stories. I'd see another one for sure.
I liked it. I felt like it just touched the surface for more stories. I'd see another one for sure.
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2:24AM on 01/08/2010
I think it is really cool that he wants to make a sequel to this, but I would rather see him take on Battle Angel before that happens. The guy seriously has all the money and time in the world to make Battle Angel and sequels to Avatar.
I think it is really cool that he wants to make a sequel to this, but I would rather see him take on Battle Angel before that happens. The guy seriously has all the money and time in the world to make Battle Angel and sequels to Avatar.
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2:17AM on 01/08/2010

I Had My Doubts

Can't deny this genius any longer. Whatever he touches turns to GOOOOOLD!
Can't deny this genius any longer. Whatever he touches turns to GOOOOOLD!
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2:14AM on 01/08/2010
Avatar was the best of 2009. Period. The end.
Avatar was the best of 2009. Period. The end.
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2:13AM on 01/08/2010
Avatar was the best of 2009. Period. The end.
Avatar was the best of 2009. Period. The end.
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1:22AM on 01/08/2010
Stratburst, you have a point. He did make two of the best sequels ever.
Stratburst, you have a point. He did make two of the best sequels ever.
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1:08AM on 01/08/2010

It has possibilities . . .

Look what James Cameron did with Terminator and then T2.
Look what James Cameron did with Terminator and then T2.
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1:06AM on 01/08/2010
I'm all for it. Watching it in 3D was an awesome experience, and I'd love to be able to do it again. If we're sticking to the Star Wars example, the sequel could make Jake Sully a far more likable character, like how Luke Skywalker became far less annoying in Empire Strikes Back.
I'm all for it. Watching it in 3D was an awesome experience, and I'd love to be able to do it again. If we're sticking to the Star Wars example, the sequel could make Jake Sully a far more likable character, like how Luke Skywalker became far less annoying in Empire Strikes Back.
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1:06AM on 01/08/2010
I loved Avatar, but a sequel being his next project? F*ck that. BATTLE ANGEL!
I loved Avatar, but a sequel being his next project? F*ck that. BATTLE ANGEL!
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1:01AM on 01/08/2010

Break away from the Sully character..

I personally think it would be awesome to tell the story from another soldiers perspective, maybe a female, and go to a different moon. However, I don't think the events of the first film should go unnoticed, and there should be some kind of cameo by Jake Sully or Neytiri. Just seems like the first movie is a complete story, and there is no reason to drag it further. Random comparison, but since Avatar is very fantasy based, it reminds me of Final Fantasy VII. It was really cool to see Advent
I personally think it would be awesome to tell the story from another soldiers perspective, maybe a female, and go to a different moon. However, I don't think the events of the first film should go unnoticed, and there should be some kind of cameo by Jake Sully or Neytiri. Just seems like the first movie is a complete story, and there is no reason to drag it further. Random comparison, but since Avatar is very fantasy based, it reminds me of Final Fantasy VII. It was really cool to see Advent Children, and then to play Dirge of the Cerberus and see Cloud in the background doing some really intense fighting, post events of the film. It makes everything seem like a much bigger universe to not just focus on one character over and over. Or even think of Halo 2 where it branched off into the Covenent perspective. I don't think I've really ever seen that kind of idea done in a film before, and it would rock to see that in an Avatar trilogy.
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12:34AM on 01/08/2010
If there's one thing Cameron is really good at, besides making money, it's making sequels.
He always throws spins into his sequels and changes the tone of the original. If he is directing I'm all for another Avatar
If there's one thing Cameron is really good at, besides making money, it's making sequels.
He always throws spins into his sequels and changes the tone of the original. If he is directing I'm all for another Avatar
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11:54PM on 01/07/2010
I'd love another Avatar. It would be a shame to see those state of the art graphics only used once. And there are always going to be people that say the movie sucks no matter what happens, it's just the way they are.
I'd love another Avatar. It would be a shame to see those state of the art graphics only used once. And there are always going to be people that say the movie sucks no matter what happens, it's just the way they are.
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2:31AM on 01/08/2010
He may use them in another way and as in, not necessarily in a sequel.

Y'know like the water fx in The Abyss which inspired T2?
He may use them in another way and as in, not necessarily in a sequel.

Y'know like the water fx in The Abyss which inspired T2?
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11:31PM on 01/07/2010
One Avatard is more than enough.
One Avatard is more than enough.
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11:02PM on 01/07/2010
I'm shocked not only by how much it made, but the high praise it gets. It was a good movie, not great, with some impressive visuals. I honestly don't need another 2 sequels though. After a ten year hiatus, I just hate the fact of Cameron working on 2 more Avatar films when there is so much else he could be working on.
I'm shocked not only by how much it made, but the high praise it gets. It was a good movie, not great, with some impressive visuals. I honestly don't need another 2 sequels though. After a ten year hiatus, I just hate the fact of Cameron working on 2 more Avatar films when there is so much else he could be working on.
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10:48PM on 01/07/2010

Bad Idea

Now that everyone's seen the 3D and amazing CGI... I really don't think the sequel will be that great. The movie was entertaining... but I don't feel like a second is necessary.
Now that everyone's seen the 3D and amazing CGI... I really don't think the sequel will be that great. The movie was entertaining... but I don't feel like a second is necessary.
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10:39PM on 01/07/2010

No Thanks

I'd rather not...pass
I'd rather not...pass
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10:35PM on 01/07/2010

Avatar is head-givingly fantastic

but for the love of god, Cameron needs to make BATTLE ANGEL next!!!!!!!!!!!
but for the love of god, Cameron needs to make BATTLE ANGEL next!!!!!!!!!!!
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10:22PM on 01/07/2010

cool, very cool

With the world of Pandora set up now and audiences in tune to it, I think Cameron will get into a more meatier story for the sequel. Avatar was a familiar story, but I think worked very well to deliver a straight forward story against the amazing visual spectacle. With a sequel and all the concern over if it looks real or not/will it work sorted out, the sequel can be more in depth and intricate.
I'm guessign Cameron shot for the widest demographic possible with Avatar, now that it has
With the world of Pandora set up now and audiences in tune to it, I think Cameron will get into a more meatier story for the sequel. Avatar was a familiar story, but I think worked very well to deliver a straight forward story against the amazing visual spectacle. With a sequel and all the concern over if it looks real or not/will it work sorted out, the sequel can be more in depth and intricate.
I'm guessign Cameron shot for the widest demographic possible with Avatar, now that it has succeeded and audiences know what to expect he can get a bit more creative with the story.
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10:22PM on 01/07/2010
Im with you on Saldana
Im with you on Saldana
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10:16PM on 01/07/2010

AVATAR 2

I'm up for a trilogy, never thought they would consider making a trilogy out of this, it'll be like the new Lord of the Rings/Star Wars of the decade, can't wait
I'm up for a trilogy, never thought they would consider making a trilogy out of this, it'll be like the new Lord of the Rings/Star Wars of the decade, can't wait
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7:35PM on 01/08/2010
Avatar is not even in the same realm as LOTR or Star Wars!!!
Avatar is not even in the same realm as LOTR or Star Wars!!!
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