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James Cameron to film Avatar sequels in New Zealand; reveals they will be Godfather-esque

12.16.2013

With all the superhero franchises, giant lizards, dinosaur theme parks, and galaxies far, far away on the horizon it's easy to forget that the biggest movie of all time, AVATAR, has a batch of sequels plowing forward as well. For director James Cameron, part of that process is finding a home for the production, which he's just announced will be New Zealand, which has commonly doubled as Peter Jackson's Middle Earth in both the LOTR and HOBBIT films. In an interview with the AP, Cameron discussed the story setting and the "family" aspect of the upcoming back-to-back sequels.

On what we'll be seeing of Pandora in the sequel and whether or not it will be "off-world":

"It's going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We're blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it."

On the planned underwater sequences of the sequels:

"There's a fair bit of underwater stuff. It's been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That's not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films."

On THE GODFATHER famiy aspect of the sequels:

"It was very Jake-centric. His story seen through his eyes," Cameron said. "We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It's really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like 'The Godfather.'"

Interesting stuff. It's kind of popular to hate on AVATAR, which is ironic as it's the most successful movie of all time. I know I've taken my potshots in the past, but when it comes down to it, I'll be there for the sequels. Cameron is an exciting filmmaker and I can't imagine a time that I'd ignore his work, even if this new franchise is a bit derivative. Visually speaking, you know the movie will make love to your eyeballs and sometimes that's a worthy enough experience to venture out to the theater.

AVATAR 2 is slated for a December 2016 release with the third and fourth films coming each Christmas through 2018.

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Extra Tidbit: If we could just get Cameron to do a proper sequel to Aliens...imagine that for a second...
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1:41PM on 12/17/2013
Meh, I know I'll get a lot of downvotes for this but I could care less about Avatar sequels. The first one really underwhelmed me. Aside from amazing visuals that can only be seen on the big screen with 3D glasses the movie offered nothing else. A rehashed plot from Pocahontas and Dances with Wolves and an incredibly predictable ending starting at the end of the second act.

Aside from more cool visuals, I really don't think the sequel (plus movies 3 and 4) will really add anything
Meh, I know I'll get a lot of downvotes for this but I could care less about Avatar sequels. The first one really underwhelmed me. Aside from amazing visuals that can only be seen on the big screen with 3D glasses the movie offered nothing else. A rehashed plot from Pocahontas and Dances with Wolves and an incredibly predictable ending starting at the end of the second act.

Aside from more cool visuals, I really don't think the sequel (plus movies 3 and 4) will really add anything to.....anything. Not looking forward to it, unless Cameron can craft a decent story for the coming sequels I'm passing on seeing any of these.
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12:56PM on 12/17/2013
Cameron is a genius, and he can film wherever the hell he wants
Cameron is a genius, and he can film wherever the hell he wants
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9:40AM on 12/17/2013
Given his track record on sequels I am totally in for Avatar 2. Yeah, the first one had a derivative plotline. But now that we have this clunker of exposition to the world and characters behind us I am eager to see where he will take us from there.
I think it is a bit like all those comic book movies where the first film always has to work through the often predictable origin stories. It can be well made and entertaining but hardly surprising or even mind blowing. It is always the second
Given his track record on sequels I am totally in for Avatar 2. Yeah, the first one had a derivative plotline. But now that we have this clunker of exposition to the world and characters behind us I am eager to see where he will take us from there.
I think it is a bit like all those comic book movies where the first film always has to work through the often predictable origin stories. It can be well made and entertaining but hardly surprising or even mind blowing. It is always the second movies that spike my interest. The ones where they can build upon their previous exposition work and are free to go into new directions
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3:37AM on 12/17/2013
Avatar was awesome.Old fashioned space opera perhaps, but spectacularly well made. Sigourney Weaver might deserve a lot of credit for centering the film, I hope she really does come back in some form or other.
3 more films seems a exaggerated. But if the next one is as exiting as the first one was, the more the better..
Avatar was awesome.Old fashioned space opera perhaps, but spectacularly well made. Sigourney Weaver might deserve a lot of credit for centering the film, I hope she really does come back in some form or other.
3 more films seems a exaggerated. But if the next one is as exiting as the first one was, the more the better..
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2:13AM on 12/17/2013

Godfather-esque?

blow it out your ass Cameron
blow it out your ass Cameron
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9:33AM on 12/17/2013
He never used that term. It was just another out of context quote. Read what he really said! He took it merely as a widely known point of reference for his idea to broaden the scope and the character constalltion.
He never used that term. It was just another out of context quote. Read what he really said! He took it merely as a widely known point of reference for his idea to broaden the scope and the character constalltion.
6:11PM on 12/17/2013
"Family like The Godfather" is no better
"Family like The Godfather" is no better
2:03AM on 12/17/2013
And where in the production pipeline is Battle Angel?
And where in the production pipeline is Battle Angel?
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12:47AM on 12/17/2013

I am curious to see how the box office turnout is.

Titanic was predicted to be a colossal failure before release. Avatar was a big gamble, and even I thought both times that the movie(s) would barely break even. And I was a huge Cameron fan at the time!
So, I think the same thing again... I wonder how much crow I'll eat THIS time around.
Titanic was predicted to be a colossal failure before release. Avatar was a big gamble, and even I thought both times that the movie(s) would barely break even. And I was a huge Cameron fan at the time!
So, I think the same thing again... I wonder how much crow I'll eat THIS time around.
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12:09AM on 12/17/2013
I for one in the minority here, but I am looking forward to the sequels. Because it will possibly make up for the unoriginal story the first one had.
I for one in the minority here, but I am looking forward to the sequels. Because it will possibly make up for the unoriginal story the first one had.
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10:04PM on 12/16/2013

This is what we get for complaining about reboots

It's nice to see an original idea but who the hell wants to see 3 more of these?
It's nice to see an original idea but who the hell wants to see 3 more of these?
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7:54PM on 12/16/2013
Maybe if he just stopped talking about making the film, started making the film, and didn't say anything until he was ready with a trailer, people wouldn't be so tired of the sequels before they were even released.
Maybe if he just stopped talking about making the film, started making the film, and didn't say anything until he was ready with a trailer, people wouldn't be so tired of the sequels before they were even released.
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7:14PM on 12/16/2013
For me, 1 Avatar film is enough.
For me, 1 Avatar film is enough.
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12:43AM on 12/17/2013
Or too much lol
Or too much lol
7:12PM on 12/16/2013
I'm interested in a sequel (3 seems a bit much, but oh well). I'd be more interested if Cameron could give us some idea of what the stories for these 3 movies are going to be. Is it going to 3 films about the same plot as the first, evil company comes in to destory Pandora, and the Na'vi have to fight back?
I'm interested in a sequel (3 seems a bit much, but oh well). I'd be more interested if Cameron could give us some idea of what the stories for these 3 movies are going to be. Is it going to 3 films about the same plot as the first, evil company comes in to destory Pandora, and the Na'vi have to fight back?
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5:44PM on 12/16/2013

I don't know how "popular" it is to hate Avatar

It's a movie everyone saw and everyone has to have an opinion on it. I'm more suspicious when I see a movie like Twilight being hated by a crowd mostly made of grown men.
It's a movie everyone saw and everyone has to have an opinion on it. I'm more suspicious when I see a movie like Twilight being hated by a crowd mostly made of grown men.
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4:52PM on 12/16/2013

Who. Cares?

Avatar was a fun film...that is all.
Avatar was a fun film...that is all.
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4:40PM on 12/16/2013

It will be like Godfather III

Shit.
Shit.
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2:46PM on 12/16/2013
If he thinks people will connect to blue aliens in the way they did to the Corleone family, then he might want to prepare himself for disappointment.
If he thinks people will connect to blue aliens in the way they did to the Corleone family, then he might want to prepare himself for disappointment.
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2:43PM on 12/16/2013
The Avatar hate isn't really ironic. Success breeds contempt, always has. It's like what Steven Spielberg said about the Jaws backlash: "Everybody loves a winner, but nobody loves a WINNER!"
The Avatar hate isn't really ironic. Success breeds contempt, always has. It's like what Steven Spielberg said about the Jaws backlash: "Everybody loves a winner, but nobody loves a WINNER!"
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5:02PM on 12/16/2013
I think that was more in regards to the '76 Oscar snub Jaws, I don't recall any Jaws backlash, though in every film school, it's hip to hate on Spielberg....
I think that was more in regards to the '76 Oscar snub Jaws, I don't recall any Jaws backlash, though in every film school, it's hip to hate on Spielberg....
12:55PM on 12/16/2013
"WAAAH AVATAR WAS HUGE SO LETS HATE ON IT!""


Bring it on Cameron, my body is ready.
"WAAAH AVATAR WAS HUGE SO LETS HATE ON IT!""


Bring it on Cameron, my body is ready.
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12:42PM on 12/16/2013

o:

I would rather have more Alien or Terminator movies. The last one was so annoying.
I would rather have more Alien or Terminator movies. The last one was so annoying.
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12:22PM on 12/16/2013
So it's safe to assume at least one of the sequels will follow the plot of Ferngully 2: The Magical Rescue.
So it's safe to assume at least one of the sequels will follow the plot of Ferngully 2: The Magical Rescue.
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12:19PM on 12/16/2013
I didn't hate the first one. I just didn't think it was anything special. I also don't see why we need 3 more. It's a cool world but 3 more films?
I didn't hate the first one. I just didn't think it was anything special. I also don't see why we need 3 more. It's a cool world but 3 more films?
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12:11PM on 12/16/2013
If what Cameron says is true, then this is going to be very ambitious story-wise.
If what Cameron says is true, then this is going to be very ambitious story-wise.
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12:03PM on 12/16/2013
My main worry is that Cameron is going too far. Three sequels and an entire Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom all at the same time for a movie that was impressive in its vision but lackluster in its execution?? I am not a fan of the first film as I don't understand how Cameron spent so much time and money and didn't bother cleaning up his own script of terrible dialogue (Unobtanium...f'ing serious?) and cliche after cliche. I can only hope he takes the potential he has with the world he
My main worry is that Cameron is going too far. Three sequels and an entire Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom all at the same time for a movie that was impressive in its vision but lackluster in its execution?? I am not a fan of the first film as I don't understand how Cameron spent so much time and money and didn't bother cleaning up his own script of terrible dialogue (Unobtanium...f'ing serious?) and cliche after cliche. I can only hope he takes the potential he has with the world he created and creates a better story that doesn't end up like The Matrix sequels. Either way though, I'll be checking them out...
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12:15PM on 12/16/2013
Ah, yes, Unobtanium. He might as well have just called it McGuffinite.
Ah, yes, Unobtanium. He might as well have just called it McGuffinite.
12:21PM on 12/16/2013
You do realize that Unobtainium is a real term created by engineers in the 50's during thought experiments right? It was a homage to the scientific community. Sci-fi authors such as Sir Arthur C. Clarke & Larry Niven even used it decades ago. If you don't get its reference, read a book or two.
You do realize that Unobtainium is a real term created by engineers in the 50's during thought experiments right? It was a homage to the scientific community. Sci-fi authors such as Sir Arthur C. Clarke & Larry Niven even used it decades ago. If you don't get its reference, read a book or two.
4:20PM on 12/16/2013
As a nuclear engineer I have never come across the term unobtanium. I guess you learn something new everyday, even an "element" that still does not exist in the periodic table or real life. I still think the term is ridiculous, homage or not.
As a nuclear engineer I have never come across the term unobtanium. I guess you learn something new everyday, even an "element" that still does not exist in the periodic table or real life. I still think the term is ridiculous, homage or not.
12:03PM on 12/16/2013

Beginning to get intrigued

Doing a Godfather-eque take on generations living on Pandora could be interesting. Certainly a far different direction than I imagined Cameron would take it (which is a good thing).
Doing a Godfather-eque take on generations living on Pandora could be interesting. Certainly a far different direction than I imagined Cameron would take it (which is a good thing).
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11:57AM on 12/16/2013
I didnt hate Avatar. It was ok. Great to watch the visuals on the big screen, but as far as everything else about it...meh.
I didnt hate Avatar. It was ok. Great to watch the visuals on the big screen, but as far as everything else about it...meh.
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11:56AM on 12/16/2013

The kind of spectacle only fit for IMAX 3D

In IMAX it was AMAZING but watching at home, it's meh. Without the massive screen and 3D to distract you, it becomes apparent just how rote and uninspired the film is and the visuals just don't pop, which seems crucial to its enjoyment.
In IMAX it was AMAZING but watching at home, it's meh. Without the massive screen and 3D to distract you, it becomes apparent just how rote and uninspired the film is and the visuals just don't pop, which seems crucial to its enjoyment.
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11:55AM on 12/16/2013
While I'm not a fan of the first film, I am mildly curious as to the direction the sequels take. Wouldn't say I'm chomping at the bit for another one, but they can't all emulate The Last Samurai and Fern Gully, right? And while comparing this to The Godfather might sound a bit pretentious, turning it into a family epic is a direction most franchises don't choose.
While I'm not a fan of the first film, I am mildly curious as to the direction the sequels take. Wouldn't say I'm chomping at the bit for another one, but they can't all emulate The Last Samurai and Fern Gully, right? And while comparing this to The Godfather might sound a bit pretentious, turning it into a family epic is a direction most franchises don't choose.
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11:34AM on 12/16/2013
"Ironic because it's most successful movie of all time"? While I don't hate on the movie, I know many do, I just don't think it was a great movie. I haven't once wanted to rewatch it since I saw it theaters. And money does not equal quality, look how much dough the Transformers movies made. If the sequels make close to what the original made, then I'll truly know Cameron sold his soul to the devil...
"Ironic because it's most successful movie of all time"? While I don't hate on the movie, I know many do, I just don't think it was a great movie. I haven't once wanted to rewatch it since I saw it theaters. And money does not equal quality, look how much dough the Transformers movies made. If the sequels make close to what the original made, then I'll truly know Cameron sold his soul to the devil...
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12:15PM on 12/16/2013
It is ironic any time people flock to see a movie only to bash it later. Paul is in no way saying money equals quality. He is merely pointing out that it is contrary to what you would expect when so many spew hate towards it.

For what it's worth, I saw it in the theater, I enjoyed it, and I don't hate on it. But then again, I'm not one of the cool kids.
It is ironic any time people flock to see a movie only to bash it later. Paul is in no way saying money equals quality. He is merely pointing out that it is contrary to what you would expect when so many spew hate towards it.

For what it's worth, I saw it in the theater, I enjoyed it, and I don't hate on it. But then again, I'm not one of the cool kids.
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