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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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