James Cameron reckons that he’s treating the four Avatar sequels like one big mini-series and that he will he shooting them all simultaneously.
“It’s really all one big production,” Cameron tellsh Famous Monsters of Filmland. “It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all [of them] simultaneously. So Monday I might be doing a scene from movie four, and Tuesday I’m doing a scene from movie one… We’re working across, essentially, eight hours of story. It’s going to be a big challenge to keep it all fixed in our minds, exactly where we are, across that story arc at any given point… It’s a saga. It’s like doing all three Godfather films at the same time.”
Or like Peter Jackson actually did with both The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, maybe?
“On the new Avatar films, I’m actually going to shoot more real-world stuff,” continues Cameron. “It may only be there as an example from which we then generate CG, or we may actually integrate some of those photographic elements. But I want more photography.”
Filming is underway on the Avatar “mini-series” in New Zealand (or should that be maxi-series? The words “mini” and “James Cameron” don’t feel like they belong in the same sentence). The first Avatar sequel is scheduled to arrive in December 2018, with the second in 2020, the third in 2022 and the final one in 2023. And none of the release dates will clash with any Star Wars release dates if Cameron has any say in the matter (which you can guess, he will).
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“I don’t want to land on the same date as one of the Star Wars sequels. That wouldn’t be fair to them,” says Cameron. “No, that’s just good business. I don’t want to go head-to-head with Star Wars. That would be stupid. And hopefully they won’t want to go head-to-head with us.”
Returning cast members include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver. The sequels are written by Cameron along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.