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James Cameron explains how they're going to shoot all those Avatar sequels

04.18.2016

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When James Cameron popped up at this year's CinemaCon and announced plans to proceed ahead with now four AVATAR sequels in the coming years, nearly everyone thought the man insane. After all, how many people were really psyched about one AVATAR sequel at this point, let alone three more on top of that? But this is the same filmmaker that continues to prove people wrong every time his crazy ideas have been written off (see TITANIC, the first AVATAR, etc.), so it makes perfect sense for him to ignore all those voices that say he can't or he shouldn't and just do whatever the hell he wants. 

However, when you hear what Cameron's plans are for shooting all four movies, you're really going to start believing the guy might totally be off his rocker. In an interview with Famous Monsters Of Filmland, Cameron details how those productions are lined up, and it isn't back-to-back-to-back-to-back... Oh no... That might seem more conventional and reasonable than what's in the cards.

It’s not back-to-back. It’s really all one big production. It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all (AVATAR scripts) simultaneously. So Monday I might be doing a scene from Movie Four, and Tuesday I’m doing a scene from Movie One. … We’re working across, essentially, eight hours of story. It’s going to be a big challenge to keep it all fixed in our minds, exactly where we are, across that story arc at any given point. It’s going to be probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I’m sure the actors will be challenged by that as well. It’s like, ‘No, no, no, no, this person hasn’t died yet, so you’re still in this phase of your life.’ It’s a saga. It’s like doing all three GODFATHER films at the same time.

I guess now we know why the first isn't hitting theaters until 2018 with the next not scheduled until 2020. They're going to need plenty of time to sort them out, put together an edit that works, render effects, etc. And people thought the way Peter Jackson did THE LORD OF THE RINGS was risky. This is much ballsier. You have to admire Cameron's ambition on that level. He's probably the only director insane enough to try something like this.

The first AVATAR sequel is eyeing a Christmas 2018 release date.

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12:48PM on 04/20/2016

But why?! Why do we need 4 Avatar movies?

The only reason it made money was its original use of 3D which now over saturates the market. Every movie is in 3D. Unless we are getting a Letters From Iwo Jima/Flags of Our Fathers type series where we see some big galactic war from both sides, then I don't see why he is wasting time with this. I want more original stuff from this guy, he is one of the best directors out there and he is wasting his time with stuff nobody cares about anymore.
The only reason it made money was its original use of 3D which now over saturates the market. Every movie is in 3D. Unless we are getting a Letters From Iwo Jima/Flags of Our Fathers type series where we see some big galactic war from both sides, then I don't see why he is wasting time with this. I want more original stuff from this guy, he is one of the best directors out there and he is wasting his time with stuff nobody cares about anymore.
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5:51PM on 04/19/2016
Avaturd sucks!
Avaturd sucks!
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10:08AM on 04/19/2016
It would go according his plan unless he decides to take a vacation for his deep sea expedition every once in a while.
It would go according his plan unless he decides to take a vacation for his deep sea expedition every once in a while.
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9:10AM on 04/19/2016
Cameron can't be bargained with, it can't be reasoned with, it doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop making Avatar sequels
Cameron can't be bargained with, it can't be reasoned with, it doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop making Avatar sequels
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7:23AM on 04/19/2016

Lord of the Rings was a KNOWN COMMODITY

Avatar wowed us that first time, but nobody knows the story arc for 4 more Avatar movies, so what movie studio is going to be crazy enough to write the man a blank check for four completely unknown movies? Besides, while Avatar was a good movie, its re-watch-ability is LOW. I've pulled that DVD off of my shelf exactly ZERO times since buying it.
Avatar wowed us that first time, but nobody knows the story arc for 4 more Avatar movies, so what movie studio is going to be crazy enough to write the man a blank check for four completely unknown movies? Besides, while Avatar was a good movie, its re-watch-ability is LOW. I've pulled that DVD off of my shelf exactly ZERO times since buying it.
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9:28AM on 04/19/2016
You mean the man who made consecutive [link] box-office hits? What studio would be crazy enough NOT to? Although I am with you on Avatar's rewatchability, the fact remains Cameron's last two movies have been absolute monsters.
You mean the man who made consecutive [link] box-office hits? What studio would be crazy enough NOT to? Although I am with you on Avatar's rewatchability, the fact remains Cameron's last two movies have been absolute monsters.
6:42AM on 04/19/2016
Stubbornly - that's how they're going to shoot all those Avatar sequels. Stubbornly.
Stubbornly - that's how they're going to shoot all those Avatar sequels. Stubbornly.
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3:23AM on 04/19/2016

That's wonderful...

I'm just waiting for the day James Cameron returns to kick ass action films again (22 years since True Lies! Wtf!) However the action genre is probably beneath him now sadly.
I'm just waiting for the day James Cameron returns to kick ass action films again (22 years since True Lies! Wtf!) However the action genre is probably beneath him now sadly.
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12:36AM on 04/19/2016

Hey. Why not.

Sell it to Netflix and I'll watch it all in a binge weekend.
Sell it to Netflix and I'll watch it all in a binge weekend.
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10:16PM on 04/18/2016
How is this ballsy? It is the most economic way to film a saga. Why collapse sets that they know will be featured in later films? If they are going to use that location for four films, and the scripts are written, it makes sense to shoot every single scene at that location at the same time. It will save the studio a ton of money in the long run... And let's be honest, the movies are obviously going to make a good amount of money, so this shooting style is certainly not a "risk" by any means. In
How is this ballsy? It is the most economic way to film a saga. Why collapse sets that they know will be featured in later films? If they are going to use that location for four films, and the scripts are written, it makes sense to shoot every single scene at that location at the same time. It will save the studio a ton of money in the long run... And let's be honest, the movies are obviously going to make a good amount of money, so this shooting style is certainly not a "risk" by any means. In my opinion the one thing his comments prove is that this film will once again be about visuals over story. He is going to ask for little emotional arcs, and have everyone power through their scenes like he's shooting a sitcom. I am in no way looking forward to these films, but it's pretty clear we (the readers of this site) are not the targeted demographic for the film. This is a kids movie, and kids are going to love watching an Avatar film and then going to the Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom and riding the rides. I'll save my money for more Deadpool 2.
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9:55PM on 04/18/2016
"And people thought the way Peter Jackson did THE LORD OF THE RINGS was risky. This is much ballsier"

Um didn't he shoot about 9 hours worth of story all at once and release them a year apart and only go back for reshoots after principal photography, which James will have to do as well...

I don't think this is much ballsier. I think it's very similar
"And people thought the way Peter Jackson did THE LORD OF THE RINGS was risky. This is much ballsier"

Um didn't he shoot about 9 hours worth of story all at once and release them a year apart and only go back for reshoots after principal photography, which James will have to do as well...

I don't think this is much ballsier. I think it's very similar
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8:40PM on 04/18/2016
I'm not writing him off because who knows what he has up his sleeve, but Titanic and Avatar, while being good theatrical experiences, just didn't age well at all. To me anyway. He gets ahead of himself technologically but the scripts don't have much heart and soul and he gives the very basic screenwriting 101 level of characterization that once you're given the information, that's it, cut and dry, no one has much depth. The visuals and spectacle are engaging, just not his scripts. I don't see
I'm not writing him off because who knows what he has up his sleeve, but Titanic and Avatar, while being good theatrical experiences, just didn't age well at all. To me anyway. He gets ahead of himself technologically but the scripts don't have much heart and soul and he gives the very basic screenwriting 101 level of characterization that once you're given the information, that's it, cut and dry, no one has much depth. The visuals and spectacle are engaging, just not his scripts. I don't see him reaching the heights of Aliens, Terminator or the Abyss again, but here's hoping.
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7:46PM on 04/18/2016
I know Avatar made a butt ton of money, but can we (for his own sake), as fans, write a large "No one cares about more Avatar" petition to James? It might save the guy some money and stress, then we could get that Titanic sequel we've all been clamoring for. Or maybe he could save the Terminator franchise.
I know Avatar made a butt ton of money, but can we (for his own sake), as fans, write a large "No one cares about more Avatar" petition to James? It might save the guy some money and stress, then we could get that Titanic sequel we've all been clamoring for. Or maybe he could save the Terminator franchise.
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10:03PM on 04/18/2016
I didn't like the first one, visually cool... besides that, meh. Last Terminator I enjoyed, recycled story sure... but felt nostalgic at times and was fun.
I didn't like the first one, visually cool... besides that, meh. Last Terminator I enjoyed, recycled story sure... but felt nostalgic at times and was fun.
7:37PM on 04/18/2016
sigh this hurts my brain.i love jim Cameron movies but they are just milking the fuck out of avatar.i just hate how every single successful movie is now automatically a franchise with multiple sequels planned.back in the day a movie series got the title franchise because time and time again they delivered and earned the right to make sequels.its just a thought but mayb instead of wasting all this money on avatar 2 through 10 mayb,just mayb focus on avatar 2 and put everything you can into that
sigh this hurts my brain.i love jim Cameron movies but they are just milking the fuck out of avatar.i just hate how every single successful movie is now automatically a franchise with multiple sequels planned.back in the day a movie series got the title franchise because time and time again they delivered and earned the right to make sequels.its just a thought but mayb instead of wasting all this money on avatar 2 through 10 mayb,just mayb focus on avatar 2 and put everything you can into that movie.mayb in a few yours youll be lucky enough to do another one
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7:36PM on 04/18/2016

Meh...

I'm sorry but I'm not really excited at all about his four Avatar films. I wasn't blown away by the first one. It was visually entertaining but that's about it. Honestly, I'd rather see other things from Cameron.
I'm sorry but I'm not really excited at all about his four Avatar films. I wasn't blown away by the first one. It was visually entertaining but that's about it. Honestly, I'd rather see other things from Cameron.
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5:55PM on 04/18/2016
The 1st movie was almost 3 hours long. And the movie he made before that one was even longer. I think he really meant "12 hours".
The 1st movie was almost 3 hours long. And the movie he made before that one was even longer. I think he really meant "12 hours".
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4:58PM on 04/18/2016
Even in eight hours of story, James Cameron will likely provide audiences more spectacle than substance. However, his approach could work. Many directors create very long cuts of their movies, so Cameron is essentially just creating a very long movie like many other film-makers. Then, Cameron and crew get to edit this massive text like motherf***ers. The organizational task should be quite a challenge, but it is doable.

Also, many movies are not shot in sequence. A crew finds a certain
Even in eight hours of story, James Cameron will likely provide audiences more spectacle than substance. However, his approach could work. Many directors create very long cuts of their movies, so Cameron is essentially just creating a very long movie like many other film-makers. Then, Cameron and crew get to edit this massive text like motherf***ers. The organizational task should be quite a challenge, but it is doable.

Also, many movies are not shot in sequence. A crew finds a certain setting, and they know all of the scenes that require that set. The Avatar sequels are bound to be the same way whether there is one of them or four. Also, Cloud Atlas and other projects have had actors playing a variety of roles day-by-day during the project. The Avatar saga could be following in their foot-steps.

I am sure that Cameron just might pull-off the technical aspects of this planned project. I am unsure about each chapter's quality, however.
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4:57PM on 04/18/2016
Seemingly hes got his Hands (and nose) on some pretty good coke.
Seemingly hes got his Hands (and nose) on some pretty good coke.
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4:36PM on 04/18/2016

So....

What are the "actual" release dates for these four sequels?!?!
What are the "actual" release dates for these four sequels?!?!
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4:15PM on 04/18/2016
I think he said it best that it's like shooting a mini series. I have no worries and it's the easiest way to go about this without it taking a decade to complete. Looking forward to it
I think he said it best that it's like shooting a mini series. I have no worries and it's the easiest way to go about this without it taking a decade to complete. Looking forward to it
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3:46PM on 04/18/2016

While he's at it

...he should try to explain how Santa fits down the chimney, how the tooth fairy puts money under your pillow, and how leprechauns hide the pot of gold. And where Mr. Hughes told him to hide the jars of urine.
...he should try to explain how Santa fits down the chimney, how the tooth fairy puts money under your pillow, and how leprechauns hide the pot of gold. And where Mr. Hughes told him to hide the jars of urine.
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3:46PM on 04/18/2016

So this is very likely going to end up horribly

Shooting four movies simultaneously sounds like something doomed to fail. There's too much story, or in this case too little, to try to spread out over four films without making everything seemed contrived and half-assed. I get the feeling we'll have plenty of disposable characters and plotlines. Good thing I won't be watching any of these films.
Shooting four movies simultaneously sounds like something doomed to fail. There's too much story, or in this case too little, to try to spread out over four films without making everything seemed contrived and half-assed. I get the feeling we'll have plenty of disposable characters and plotlines. Good thing I won't be watching any of these films.
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9:32AM on 04/19/2016
I have no idea how much story there is to work with. If we're going to have a total of five movies, there might be a LOT of story left to go. Granted, Cameron isn't the greatest screenwriter ever to walk the earth, but my point is, we don't KNOW how much there is to work with yet.
I have no idea how much story there is to work with. If we're going to have a total of five movies, there might be a LOT of story left to go. Granted, Cameron isn't the greatest screenwriter ever to walk the earth, but my point is, we don't KNOW how much there is to work with yet.
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