Avatar 2 and 3 May Shoot Back-to-Back

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With the upcoming re-release of James Cameron’s Avatar only a few weeks away, there’s been renewed interest in every last morsel of information regarding Avatar 2. Cameron has previously indicated that the sequel will delve into regions of Pandora unexplored in the first film (specifically the planet’s oceans) and that he has no intentions of rushing into it.

Despite the fact that Avatar 2 is still several years away, it turns out it might not be too soon to start speculating over Avatar 3 as well.

In an interview with MTV, Cameron reveals that he’s talked to the studio about shooting back-to-back sequels – so that they can capture the performances for both films all at once.

So far the only information we’ve heard on Avatar 3 is that it may widen the scope to include other planets in the Alpha Centauri AB system. Cameron obviously has a grand design for the larger story and now he might be fleshing out the details sooner than initially expected:

“We’re actually talking about [doing 2 and 3] back to back. That’s not a decision yet but that’s something that makes a lot of sense given the nature of these productions because we can bank all the capture and go back and do cameras over a period of time… cause the way these sort of back to back productions fall apart is you’re trying to do two live-action films back to back and you’re working on it for like a year and a half shooting. Everybody’s dead- it’s not humanly possible. But this type of film it absolutely would work.”

Considering the amount of time in-between films, the availability of the actors, and the cost involved with mounting two separate productions – shooting the motion capture elements for Avatar 2 & 3 at the same time certainly seems like a smart solution. Cameron’s still waiting for an official deal to be made with Fox but let’s face it – Avatar 2 is inevitable and given the success of the first film it seems unlikely that the studio wouldn’t be interested in investing in future installments as well. I have no doubt the ink will be dry on all the necessary contracts soon enough.

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Cameron also discussed his Avatar novel which he promises will be more than just a tie-in novelization of the film. In fact, it sounds as if he’s hoping it will be the first step in allowing other artists to expand the mythology of the film’s universe:

“Ideally that becomes a kind of bible for any other writers that want to come along and riff off of it with other Avatar-based stories, which I’m not ruling out. I don’t mind opening up the universe – I just don’t want that to happen until I’ve got more meat on the bones.”

Cameron admits that Avatar skips over the details regarding what happened on Earth, The Company’s history on Pandora, and the back stories of certain characters. These are all issues the novel will tackle – in addition to really fleshing out the specifics of the Na’vi culture. Cameron doesn’t say when we might see the novel, only that he’s been hard at work – and had originally hoped to have it ready before Avatar‘s release.

There’s no indication of how a back-to-back film schedule could affect the rumored 2013 release for Avatar 2.

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The majority of the criticism leveled against Avatar centered around what many considered to be a simplistic and predictable story. However, there’s no denying that Cameron created a world that captivated audiences and left many fans eager to return – and experience it over and over again. With the introductory story out of the way, I’m really looking forward to seeing how he plans on expanding the narrative – and seeing if further installments will be as dense thematically as they are visually.

Cameron is a fiercely intelligent man and I’ve always been a fan of his work and the potential for Avatar 2 to be one of those rare sequels that’s better than the original seems well within his grasp.

Source: MTV

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  1. sequels to Avatar? for some reason I picture the Navi coming to Earth and a scene where a tailor is fitting them for suits like Sean Connory in Highlander 2, or Escape form Planet of the Apes. “what do we do with his tail? ha ha”

    the climax would something along the lines of the Navi vs. the Globetrotters in overtime

    • there was a Highlander 2? (im kidding, i like to forget about that TERRIBLE sequel)

  2. am i the only person who thinks this is gna follow in the godfathers footsteps a “epic” trilogy when really only the first is good the second was ok n then the third lets jus say its not very good :/ its gna be the godfather for ppl my age there epic trilogy ppl who are to young to remeber lotr properly and ppl (im 17 bdw) so i do understand lotr and its epic but 4 ppl who are like 13 14 now this is what they’ll count as the trilogy of there time and i can see it bein bad if they rush it

    • If you spent half as much time in school as you do on websites like this you might actually make a decent human being. Your grammer and spelling is horrible.

      • Your grammAr and spelling ARE horrible. If you’re going to correct someone, do it right.

      • look i finished school in 2009 and went to college hated it now i have a aprentaship so yeah im not very smart but im guessin im smarter then you when it comes down to films so shut up and i can spell properly its just i started it and my mates arived so i rushed through it … and well said ethan below

      • why would u need good grammar or spelling when commenting on a website….

        • Maybe so people will take what you have to say seriously.


          • I don’t agree Vic. For example, sometimes when I’m leaving a comment/respose I don’t bother to spell properly because I’m in the moment, and want to put down whan I want to say quickly.

            With regard to grammar, the same can be said. I’m not worried about being taken seriously, just as long as I get a response from the words I write, whether it be a chuckle from the reader, a nod of agreement or (if need be) an angry message from the not so enlightened (just kidding).

            I think the same can be said for everyone here who leaves their views for others to read. It’s not the spelling or the grammar that’s important, it’s the meaning in the words.

            Point made. I thank you

            • Not that its my business but i agree with Paul there. I think the only time someone needs to worry about correcting what they typed would be in the work place at their job etc. But on a website like this about movies and tv? C’mon it aint a big deal till you make it one. Let’s all get back on the topic of movies and tv shall we?

              • Guys, guys,

                You’re funny – you both left very well written, lucid comments to argue the fact that good spelling and grammar aren’t necessary. :-P

                I’m not talking about the occasional typo – I’m talking about comments left that are FULL of typos and texting-type “writing.” All caps, all lower case, no punctuation whatsoever, etc.


                • Well this got out of hand

                  • matty,

                    I don’t follow…? You didn’t take offense to that, did you? That was certainly NOT my intention at all. I was pointing out that you both wrote well-written comments defending comments that are poorly written, which I though was funny/ironic.


                    • no it was a joke dont worry not much can offend me ive heard it all before

                    • MEE-OOWWW!!! Put the claws away girl-friends…

    • Everyones got a right to their opinion I suppose…. NO MATTER HOW CRAZY AND OUT OF TOUCH IT IS.

      • This remark was aimed at Matty.

        • dude seriously godfather 1 was epic godfather 2 i said ok cause its not as good as the first so erm yh fuk off

          • I meant Avatar numb nuts.

            • you could have specified that

  3. I fear this Avatar trilogy will end up being the next Pirates of the Caribbean– first one was OK, last two were horrid.

    Of course, I hope Cameron does a good job on this. Better, I hope he puts away Avatar into his filing cabinet until the script is excellent. In the meantime? Film Battle Angel!!!!

    • I second the motion!

  4. I look forward to seeing Avatar 2. As for filming 2 & 3 films back to back, Im comfident in Cameron knows what he’s doin.

  5. Matty, Godfather 2 “second one was OK”????? Go watch a ton a movies then go back and watch godfather 1, 2, and 3 in sequence. And then reevaluate your position on Godfather 2 being just “OK”? The relationship between Michael and his brother Fredo,is like none other ever captured on screen. In fact his entire transition to head of the family juxtaposed with his father’s rise to prominence is simply amazing. The film speaks volumes as to what it means to be an American, an immigrant, a father, a leader, etc.

    Anyways, Avatar 2 and 3 back to back will only suffer if rushed, like Matrix 2 and 3 (which I still hold in high esteem over many other franchises).

  6. I am a bit surprised that noone has harped on Cameron for trying to make this his Magnum Opus or Star Wars, he said:

    :“Ideally that becomes a kind of bible for any other writers that want to come along and riff off of it with other Avatar-based stories, which I’m not ruling out. I don’t mind opening up the universe – I just don’t want that to happen until I’ve got more meat on the bones.”

    He wants to continue to milk this property for everything *cough* Lucas *cough* that its worth. More power to him I just impressed no one else has commented on it.

    It might be interesting to have an Avatar of the Old Republic type of game… la la la…. rant.

    • Actually I kind of did way above. I just don’t see how the “Avatar” universe will be interesting beyond what’s shown in the movie, whereas in Star Wars some of the expanded universe stuff like the Thrawn Trilogy and the Clone Wars comics are just as good as the stories in the movies. Hopefully expanded universe stuff for Avatar has no humans involved, since the humans ruined the movie for me.

      • My apologies, I must have missed it, yeah I think that for the universe to really have a life of its own we need to be introduced to more species, but then it runs the risk of being Star Trek/Wars-ish. Cameron has mentioned introducing other Pandorian Moons, so here is hoping.

  7. Aslanenlisted, half the people on this site think Magnum Opus is an imported vodka.
    To the other half, this is nothing we didn’t see coming!

    I have no problems with it really…
    Cameron’s the enemy when it comes to 3D! But I wouldn’t mind seeing two Avatar sequels.

    If its one thing Cameron has proven twice, is that he’s good at sequels,,, T2, Aliens,,, ;-)

    • @790 To be fair, though he is one of the directors leading the 3D parade, at least he is a believer in making it part of the filming process and not tacking it in on the end *Cough* Burton, Leterrier I’m looking at you *cough*

      It could be a lot worse. I think that Cameron should pair up with Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 2 and 3) That is a man that can handle heavy handed CG and enjoyable sequels that we give a rats arse about. But your right Cameron has proven more than once that can build a better sequel but keep in mind he has also blessed us with Piranha 2: The Spawning.

    • those are his two best movies too, i dont care about numbers here either, he wont top those two films in my opinion.

  8. Well i trust hell do good…..

  9. definitely a modern day Star Wars!

  10. Anthony
    I think Titanic and Avatar are his best movies….

  11. Hard for me to decide what movies of camerons are best to me. I pretty much liked all of his work. He Made the best Titanic film to date, no question about that. I actually been interested in Titanic alot and read alot of books and probly seen 6 different films, all good films on their own. One thing i enjoyed most about Cameron’s film was he used the Real Titanic in the film. I hope he releases T2 in theaters again, actually id like to see the extended cut. I actually liked The Terminator more and was surprised i liked Aliens more than the original. I look forward to Avatar 2.

  12. @Aslanenlisted, I heard “Piranha 2: The Spawning” was pretty good.


  13. Here’s how I’d rate Cameron’s films:

    Terminator 2
    True Lies
    Paranah 2

  14. Who Cares? Not Me!

    • You care enough to comment on the post.

  15. Another awesome bit of writng from Mr Schrader. Thanks. As for the Avatar films… god knows where Cameron is going to go with the story as DANCES WITH WOLVES didn’t have a sequel.

    • Maybe he’ll have to move on to “Last of the Mohicans”…

      • Dude, that made me laugh out loud, thanks.

  16. I have not seen Avatar yet and have no desire/intention to do so.
    I does not as I say “grab me by the lapels and scream ‘see me!’”
    And now for the rerelease the are advertsisng it as a “ROMANCE” makes me want to avoid it even more [I don’t want to see a technicolour 3D “Notebook”.
    I will be like my friend Scott who has never seen a single Star Wars film and never see a single Avatar film.

    • how have u not seen starwars its one of the classics and avatar is a romance jus like its action adventure comedy and others it caters 4 every1 granted its not what it was made out 2 be like the greatest film of all time but it is a great and will go down as a classic

      • Well my buddy Scott has never seen any Star Wars film-no desire 2 probably like me and any Avatar film.

        A classic it may B, but I still won’t C it, heck I’ve only seen the 1st 15 and last 30 minutes of Titanic, but I will watch it eventually ’cause I like Billy Zane.

        • You don’t like the movie, and yet you are coming tot this page and putting a comment.
          Get out some more with your “friend” scott perhaps and get a life…