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James Cameron updates on the status of Avatar 2 and 3; "I'm deep into it and I'm living in Pandora right now"

Mar. 18, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Seems like we get a minor update from James Cameron every so often about the status of his planned sequels to AVATAR. You can chalk this up as just that. It's nothing major, but does give some insight into where Cameron is at in the process. In an interview with Play Goes Strong, Cameron gave some info on the current state of the sequels, which he'll shoot back-to-back. The director seems like he's exceptionally pumped up to begin, although it's unclear if he's put anything to paper yet.

"It's not exactly a little, intimate drama. I'm working on 'Avatar 2' and 'Avatar 3.' I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, 'You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third 'Lord of the Rings.' I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it. I'm deep into it and I'm living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it's coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That's when it gets fun. The characters talk and it's writing itself. I'm almost there right now. It's building fast."

Cameron also responded to the question of whether or not there was a lot of pressure to top himself after the massive success of AVATAR and if he could confirm a release date for the next entry, saying:

"Pressure, no. It's a little daunting because sequels are always tricky. You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I've walked that line in the past, so I'm not too worried about it. At the same time, I definitely have to deliver the goodsAs for a release date that will be determined by when I get the script out. No pressure!"

With a script still not complete, I wouldn't start rubbing yourself with blue body paint and brushing up on your Na'vi just yet. A premiere is at least a few years away. If anything, this simply confirms that the director is still on course to make the sequels, much to the chagrin of those of us who would rather see the filmmaker move away from Pandora. But, Cameron seems intent on following through, so those that fell head over heels for the original can still hold onto hope for a return to that world. They may just have to wait a bit longer.

AVATAR 2 is proposed for release sometime in 2015, but don't hold Cameron to that.

Extra Tidbit: I'd rather see Cameron doing something new and original than a series of sequels. What would you like to see him working on?

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2:04AM on 03/19/2013

He even copied Terminator from Harlan ellison sci-fi novels

People went to see Avatar to check the new technology and 3D.but Cameron can't trick us this time
People went to see Avatar to check the new technology and 3D.but Cameron can't trick us this time
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7:32AM on 03/19/2013
what´s with all the hate? james is right, all of us went to see avatar because the 3D was awesome and not for the movie itself which was garbage...
what´s with all the hate? james is right, all of us went to see avatar because the 3D was awesome and not for the movie itself which was garbage...
2:57PM on 03/19/2013
I am blind in one eye, so I can't see 3D. I could only ever watch this film in 2D. Still, I enjoyed the hell out of it and own the blu ray. It certainly is one of the better sci-fi films of the past decade.
I am blind in one eye, so I can't see 3D. I could only ever watch this film in 2D. Still, I enjoyed the hell out of it and own the blu ray. It certainly is one of the better sci-fi films of the past decade.
12:35AM on 03/19/2013
Go back to the Terminator and Alien franchises.
Go back to the Terminator and Alien franchises.
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8:30PM on 03/18/2013

Avatar is fantastic

and I can't wait to see what Cameron gives us with 2 and 3. I'm stoked and wouldn't rather see him work on anything else but new movies in the Avatar world. I never got the hate for it (there seems to be a real passionate haterade bandwagon online at least) but to each their own. I love it and the vast majority of people do as well so whatever, lookin forward to more over here!
and I can't wait to see what Cameron gives us with 2 and 3. I'm stoked and wouldn't rather see him work on anything else but new movies in the Avatar world. I never got the hate for it (there seems to be a real passionate haterade bandwagon online at least) but to each their own. I love it and the vast majority of people do as well so whatever, lookin forward to more over here!
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7:09PM on 03/18/2013
Is anyone all that excited about Avatar sequels? I enjoyed the first for what it was. After several years, Cameron still hasn't said what the story of the sequels would be, other than something about Pandora's oceans. I'd be more interested in these sequels if it didn't seem like Cameron was making them just to have a new, cool special effects demo real. Until I hear more about the story, I'm only mildly interested.
Is anyone all that excited about Avatar sequels? I enjoyed the first for what it was. After several years, Cameron still hasn't said what the story of the sequels would be, other than something about Pandora's oceans. I'd be more interested in these sequels if it didn't seem like Cameron was making them just to have a new, cool special effects demo real. Until I hear more about the story, I'm only mildly interested.
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6:52PM on 03/18/2013
Did 'Avatar' borrow its story & themes from the stories like 'Pocahontas', 'Dances With Wolves', 'John Carter', (insert clash of culture story), etc... Sure it did. Cameron has named all of these stories as inspiration. This kind of story has been around for 100s of years, and it has been recycled in film since the beginning. People still bitch about it being a ripoff.

Did The 'Dark Knight Rises' rip off 'The World is Not Enough' plot point for plot point, plot twist for plot twist?
Did 'Avatar' borrow its story & themes from the stories like 'Pocahontas', 'Dances With Wolves', 'John Carter', (insert clash of culture story), etc... Sure it did. Cameron has named all of these stories as inspiration. This kind of story has been around for 100s of years, and it has been recycled in film since the beginning. People still bitch about it being a ripoff.

Did The 'Dark Knight Rises' rip off 'The World is Not Enough' plot point for plot point, plot twist for plot twist? Absolutely. But no one bitches about that. Why? Because Nolan is currently the popular guy with many internet fanboys. They don't care what he does. He's THE cool kid right now. He's the new fad.

Cameron on the other hand has been box office king since the 90's, and that kind of success breeds contempt.
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4:13PM on 03/18/2013

faith

consider this is the man that wrote Rambo 2, T2,and Aliens. i have no worries that if he puts his mind and pen to it, he can make a better movie than the first.
consider this is the man that wrote Rambo 2, T2,and Aliens. i have no worries that if he puts his mind and pen to it, he can make a better movie than the first.
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3:54PM on 03/18/2013

NO

He should save his money and make something better.
He should save his money and make something better.
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3:40PM on 03/18/2013

Drop it...

Cam drop the blue monkeys, give us Aquaman once and for all
Cam drop the blue monkeys, give us Aquaman once and for all
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2:25PM on 03/18/2013
What a waste of his time and talent. Still, it will fund plenty of real-life deep sea adventures.
What a waste of his time and talent. Still, it will fund plenty of real-life deep sea adventures.
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2:03PM on 03/18/2013
"I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, 'You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third 'Lord of the Rings.' I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it."

Yeah, considering there weren't any sequels to Dances With Wolves or Ferngully I'm not sure where he'll get his story from.
"I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, 'You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third 'Lord of the Rings.' I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it."

Yeah, considering there weren't any sequels to Dances With Wolves or Ferngully I'm not sure where he'll get his story from.
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3:10PM on 03/18/2013
There actually is a novel sequel to Dances With Wolves that was developed to become a film, but never made it to the screen.
There actually is a novel sequel to Dances With Wolves that was developed to become a film, but never made it to the screen.
3:14PM on 03/18/2013
Really. Well it'll be interesting to see of anyone recognizes Cameron mining from that source.
Really. Well it'll be interesting to see of anyone recognizes Cameron mining from that source.
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12:25PM on 03/18/2013

Can't wait!!

Those of you who say you Hated it must not have seen it in IMAX 3D!!! It was the most amazing thing ever seen and it was the best use of 3D ever!! Sure the story wasn't great but it was still visionally amazing and ground breaking! I can't wait for part 2 and 3!! You go Cameron!
Those of you who say you Hated it must not have seen it in IMAX 3D!!! It was the most amazing thing ever seen and it was the best use of 3D ever!! Sure the story wasn't great but it was still visionally amazing and ground breaking! I can't wait for part 2 and 3!! You go Cameron!
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12:24PM on 03/18/2013

Can't wait...

Those of you who say you Hated it must not have seen it in IMAX 3D!!! It was the most amazing thing ever seen and it was the best use of 3D ever!! Sure the story wasn't great but it was still visionally amazing and ground breaking! I can't wait for part 2 and 3!! You go Cameron!
Those of you who say you Hated it must not have seen it in IMAX 3D!!! It was the most amazing thing ever seen and it was the best use of 3D ever!! Sure the story wasn't great but it was still visionally amazing and ground breaking! I can't wait for part 2 and 3!! You go Cameron!
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1:27PM on 03/18/2013
OK, you just said the story wasn't great, so there's your reason why people hated it....Dude, think before you talk.
OK, you just said the story wasn't great, so there's your reason why people hated it....Dude, think before you talk.
6:56PM on 03/18/2013
@_LickMyLovePump_

He gave it a red rating, he was being facetious with his post.
@_LickMyLovePump_

He gave it a red rating, he was being facetious with his post.
12:03AM on 03/19/2013
Well I wasn't sure because he also made the same post with a thumbs up.
Well I wasn't sure because he also made the same post with a thumbs up.
12:15PM on 03/18/2013
"Im not worried, Ive walked that line before" Yeah, 22 years ago. Chances are youre a lil rusty. Good luck forcing this franchise into being the next LotR or Star Wars
"Im not worried, Ive walked that line before" Yeah, 22 years ago. Chances are youre a lil rusty. Good luck forcing this franchise into being the next LotR or Star Wars
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12:00PM on 03/18/2013
Cameron can go fuck himself. As if he calls out Peter Jackson and says he had it way easier because a book was already written for him. Cameron is a shitty writer in the first place, Avatar is an absolutely horrible movie. Why is it good? Because of the use of 3D? Big fuckin deal, SFX mean nothing if there's no story to help enhance. And Avatar had a very mediocre story and provided nothing new. Definitely nothing worth going back to for 2, potentially 3 more movies.
Cameron can go fuck himself. As if he calls out Peter Jackson and says he had it way easier because a book was already written for him. Cameron is a shitty writer in the first place, Avatar is an absolutely horrible movie. Why is it good? Because of the use of 3D? Big fuckin deal, SFX mean nothing if there's no story to help enhance. And Avatar had a very mediocre story and provided nothing new. Definitely nothing worth going back to for 2, potentially 3 more movies.
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12:26PM on 03/18/2013
You will watch every sequel...
You will watch every sequel...
1:23PM on 03/18/2013
I guess Avatar ripped off pretty much any movie with a tree in it.
I guess Avatar ripped off pretty much any movie with a tree in it.
1:56PM on 03/18/2013
Cameron a shitty writer? Come on. Sure, Avatar's script was terrible, but Terminator? The Abyss? Strange Days?

Dude's got talent.
Cameron a shitty writer? Come on. Sure, Avatar's script was terrible, but Terminator? The Abyss? Strange Days?

Dude's got talent.
11:37PM on 03/18/2013
dude had talent 20 years ago
dude had talent 20 years ago
11:51AM on 03/18/2013
Great, there's always room for Avatar hate. Mentions of Smurfs & Dances w Wolves in 5, 4, 3 . . .
Great, there's always room for Avatar hate. Mentions of Smurfs & Dances w Wolves in 5, 4, 3 . . .
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12:17PM on 03/18/2013
Dont forget Ferngully
Dont forget Ferngully
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11:27AM on 03/18/2013
Haha, I just love that picture of him riding that bird. Extra tidbit: I'd really love to see Cameron back on Terminator again. Other than that, I miss deep-sea underwater thriller/sci-fi like The Abyss. That would be nice.
Haha, I just love that picture of him riding that bird. Extra tidbit: I'd really love to see Cameron back on Terminator again. Other than that, I miss deep-sea underwater thriller/sci-fi like The Abyss. That would be nice.
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11:25AM on 03/18/2013

Extra Tidbit

SPIDER-MAN! I'd like Cameron to do his version of Spider-Man. Well, an updated version of the film he wanted to make, anyway.
SPIDER-MAN! I'd like Cameron to do his version of Spider-Man. Well, an updated version of the film he wanted to make, anyway.
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