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Stephen Lang says production on Avatar sequels will start early next year

08.29.2016

The AVATAR sequels are on the way, and there’s very little out there that anyone can use to make heads or tails regarding what they’ll exactly be about. The only thing we know is that there will be several films and that together they will make up one huge, epic story. Sadly, that is about the extent of the knowledge out there.

Luckily, actor Stephen Lang (who will reprise his role as Col. Miles Quaritch) spoke to Ain’t it Cool News while promoting his new movie DON’T BREATHE, and talked a bit about where they’re at with the sequels:

“We’re getting there. We’re in good shape. We’ll be starting certainly early in the new year. But you know, the thing is, as you can imagine with a film like AVATAR, it’s not like the work hasn’t been going on. The design, the production design, the various worlds, and creatures and environments, that’s all being worked on.”

He went on to talk about how he is “through over 75 percent of the epic” (meaning the four scripts) and, spoke a bit to director James Cameron’s process and how he envisions the world before filming:

“That’s what he’s done, he creates problems in which he then needs to invent a technology and a new way to do it, and I believe that’s part of the quite perverse joy for him in this is creating these seemingly insurmountable problems, and then bringing aboard people who can be helpful and say, 'This is what we’ve got to do.' So it’s a massive effort, but I have every expectation because I’m pretty intimately aware of what’s going. It’s going to be an absolute joy to behold.”

As for exactly how the f@ck his character comes back for the sequels (his character was killed at the end of the first AVATAR) he has a very blunt answer via Mr. Cameron:

“Well, how am I still in them, I guess I would just quote Jim Cameron on that when he’s asked that and he leans forward in that intimidating way and says, 'Hey. It’s science fiction.' There’s the answer to that.”

The question of how his character comes back is what I’m most curious to figure out. Is he a robot? Was be brought back to life with voodoo? Is he now a demon as a result of that voodoo? In the realm of science fiction any of those could be possible, which drives me absolutely bonkers. I hate not knowing! Stop torturing me, Cameron!

You can see Lang in the superb DON’T BREATHE in theaters now.

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5:14PM on 08/29/2016

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That character was the dumbest thing in the movie (not Lang's fault; it's how the character was written)! That news makes it a must skip!
That character was the dumbest thing in the movie (not Lang's fault; it's how the character was written)! That news makes it a must skip!
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3:25PM on 08/29/2016
“Well, how am I still in them, I guess I would just quote Jim Cameron on that when he’s asked that and he leans forward in that intimidating way and says, 'Hey. It’s science fiction.' There’s the answer to that.”

Then, I would sit back and say, "Hey, there's continuity, but lets just throw that out the window and say fuck it, right!!"
“Well, how am I still in them, I guess I would just quote Jim Cameron on that when he’s asked that and he leans forward in that intimidating way and says, 'Hey. It’s science fiction.' There’s the answer to that.”

Then, I would sit back and say, "Hey, there's continuity, but lets just throw that out the window and say fuck it, right!!"
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2:57PM on 08/29/2016

Easy to be a visionary with someone's money

I know one thing for sure, these movies will NOT be cracking 2B -- Avatar was okay from a story point of view, but done that, seen that, no big deal anymore!
I know one thing for sure, these movies will NOT be cracking 2B -- Avatar was okay from a story point of view, but done that, seen that, no big deal anymore!
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1:58PM on 08/29/2016
I'd love to see a timeline of all the times people have said when these movies are actually starting.
I'd love to see a timeline of all the times people have said when these movies are actually starting.
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1:17PM on 08/29/2016

Avatar

Avatar had a few issues but was still a good movie .
Avatar had a few issues but was still a good movie .
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12:44PM on 08/29/2016
Avatar was the greatest cinematic failure I'll ever experienced.So you can imagine how excited I am
Avatar was the greatest cinematic failure I'll ever experienced.So you can imagine how excited I am
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12:02PM on 08/29/2016
Sure. And then it will be pushed back and then it will be the year and the year after...Is there even any buzz for those Sequels?
Sure. And then it will be pushed back and then it will be the year and the year after...Is there even any buzz for those Sequels?
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12:21PM on 08/29/2016
Is there buzz for sequels to the highest grossing movie ever? Ya, I'd say there is
Is there buzz for sequels to the highest grossing movie ever? Ya, I'd say there is
12:40PM on 08/29/2016
Nope there is not
Nope there is not
11:13AM on 08/29/2016
I think many will agree with the claim that avatar is neither the most original movie nor Cameron's best, but I will always look forward to what Cameron does next as he is truly a visionary.
I think many will agree with the claim that avatar is neither the most original movie nor Cameron's best, but I will always look forward to what Cameron does next as he is truly a visionary.
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