Two more sequels
JAMES Cameron has set his return trip to Pandora.
Fox announced on Wednesday morning that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, the sequels to last year’s science-fiction blockbuster, will be James Cameron’s next films, with the director beginning work on the scripts in early 2011.
Production on Avatar 2 could begin as soon as late 2011, with the movie likely in theatres in December 2014, according to Fox.
Although it was widely believed that Cameron had many ideas for Avatar 2 and wanted to begin work on it shortly, the fact that it would be his priority – and that the studio was planning on a third film as well – represents a major development.
With his heavily developed story lines and intensive use of new technology, Cameron can often take a decade or longer between films.
Fox said in its announcement that Cameron has not made a decision about whether to shoot the two films back-toback but that he well could, which would allow Avatar 3 to come out as early as December 2015.
There was little detail about the plot for the new movies. Avatar ended with Jake (Sam Worthington) joining the Na’avi and fighting off the invasion of human armed forces led by Col Quaritch (Stephen Lang).
Cameron did say in a statement that the movies “will be self-contained stories that also fulfil a greater story arc” and that “we will not back off the throttle of Avatar’s visual and emotional horsepower and will continue to explore its themes and characters.”
It’s also not known how many of the original cast members will return, though it is all but assured both movies will be in 3-D. Cameron’s writing partners also remain a question; Laeta Kalogridis ( Shutter Island) contributed heavily to the script for the first film.
The original Avatar, which came out in December and played through the winter, was a global phenomenon that grossed about US$2.8bil (RM8.3bil) worldwide. Cameron’s work will also be coming back to the big screen with a 3-D rerelease of Titanic, which is expected to hit theatres in April 2012. – Los Angeles Times/McClatchyTribune Information Services