James Cameron Will Shoot ‘Avatar 2 and 3′ Back-To-Back

Published 5 years ago by , Updated October 20th, 2010 at 1:17 pm,

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Screen Rant‘s Roth Cornet attended a Discussion/Q & A session with James Cameron and Avatar producer Jon Landau last night and learned a bit more about the plans for both Avatar 2 and a threequel, which we’ll dub Avatar 3 for now.

Cameron confirmed the rumor that Avatar 2 & 3 will be shot back-to-back and admitted that he has not yet decided whether or not to tackle those sequels next or take on another project first.

While reports were in last month that Cameron is developing a True Lies TV show, the Oscar-winning filmmaker revealed at the Q & A panel that he is not actually involved with the project. Cameron has expressed his interest in helming a live-action, big-budget adaptation of the anime/manga series Battle Angel in the past, but the timeline for that project remains very much up in the air. A 3D conversion of Titanic is currently being overseen by Cameron, but the director’s schedule is otherwise unsettled for the time being.

We found out last month that Cameron is working with Australian engineers to develop a “deep sea vessel” that will allow him to shoot footage of the Mariana Trench in 3D, but the filmmaker claims that the project is unrelated to Avatar 2. Cameron revealed his plans to explore the oceans of Pandora in the Avatar sequels earlier this year and he certainly seems to doing (if only indirectly) research for the films already – does that mean that Avatar 2 could arrive in 2013 after all?

Read on for Cameron’s official statement about the Avatar sequels:

“Our plan right now is to do ['Avatar 2 & 3'] as a single large production and release them a year apart. In order to do that, we have to refine our technical processes beyond the end of where we were finishing ['Avatar'] a year ago. We need to future-proof ourselves out five or six years to the end of the third film.”

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When will we see Jake & Neytiri on the big screen again?

A number of franchises have featured sequels that were shot back-to-back, but the results have generally been mixed – especially when it comes to big-budget fare like The Matrix or Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Cameron and his production crew already have the necessary technology to begin work on Avatar 2 & 3, which should both be less expensive ventures than the original Avatar – not to mention that Cameron seems to have a solid plan for where he will take the franchise next, in terms of both plot and setting.

The Extended Collector’s Edition of Avatar arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this November and most fans are eagerly anticipating a return trip to Pandora. While the general public’s interest in 3D has waned a bit since Avatar obliterated box office records last winter/earlier this year, both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 should, if nothing else, be visually impressive enough to convince moviegoers to pay the 3D surcharge to check them out on in theaters.

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  1. WHAT?!! No,hes gonna rush them theyll be horrible if he does!! It took him years to do avatar now hes gonna do these at the same time? A big No No…

    • James knows what he’s doing Rick…

      … the only reason the first Avatar took so long is because they had to develop the technology first to even do it…

      Also, sequels take less time in the graphics department because much of the structure and processes are already created.

      Rest assured… Cameron will pull through… that’s all he knows how to do.

      • Travis

        i hope youre right :)

        • :) I’m sure Cameron is well aware of the rarity and preciousness that is the legacy of Avatar that he holds in his hands. No way does he attempt a sequel unless he is sure he can do better. He’s not about to ruin the franchise. James is one of those unique, few and far between artists that constantly one ups themselves. I fully expect Avatar 2 and 3 to blow us away. :) and now we wait.

          • Now we wait…*sigh* So Avatar 4 and 5 in the makings??

          • Cameron took years to produce “Avatar” so all the real hard stuff has been taken care of right down to hiring a Professor of language to create the Na’vi language. James Cameron has proved his expertise on film making through out the last two decades so I am sure he would know what it is going to take to produce the sequels to “Avatar”

          • Have to agree with you.

      • Besides, Cameron is a filmmaking GOD, and can do no wrong.

        • You never know…

  2. The Matrix sequels sucked b/c the Wachowski bros. are hacks who fooled us into thinking they can direct. The POTC sequels were just rushed all together. Shooting them back-to-back can work as long as it’s done right (ala LOTR). I’m sure Cameron can pull it off. I just want him to make Battle Angel first, but given that he’ll use the same tech as Avatar and it’ll likely take a few years to complete, it doesn’t look like he would.

  3. James Cameron does not make crappy movies. PERIOD. EVER. PERIOD. End of discussion, end of argument. The proof is out there.

    The 2 highest grossing movies EVER are both James Cameron movies.
    1. Avatar
    2. Titanic

    The Terminator & Terminator 2…. James Cameron.
    Terminator 3 & Terminator Salvation… “NOT” James Cameron.

    Aliens is considered by many to be the best of it’s respective franchise… That’s the only one directed by James Cameron.

    Alien is not an obscure series of films…. No not at all.

    Piranah 2 was NOT directed by James Cameron. That is a false rumor.

    • It’s not a rumor, it’s a fact. Cameron did direct PART of the film, but he doesn’t count it on his directography (or whatever) b/c he quit. At least that’s what I’ve heard.

    • Technically he directed P2 for about a week before he left, they didn’t even use any of his shots though.

      • He didn’t quit, Roger Corman fired him!

        • Why did he get fired?

          • The producer wanted to take over at director so he fired Cameron.

    • well i actually thought Terminator Salvation was pretty good ;)

  4. I hope it’s all in 3D and one of them is a Braveheart ripoff and the other one is a reboot of the first Avatar.

    What?? Too smarmy?

    Bah! :P

  5. Cool, can’t wait. Cameron knows his art and won’t compromise for rushed production.

  6. Ooooo Pocahontas 2! I can’t wait![/sarcasm] Why can’t Mr. Cameron do something better like Battle Angel or that sequel to True Lies or something? :l

  7. Eff all of that, give me Battle Angel Alita, thats the one i’ve wanted to see even before the first Avatar.

  8. All those who are calling for “Battle Angel” shouldn’t get too anxious, the longer he holds off doing that the better. His technology will be more mature and more spectacular, and the end product will be far better visually. A first movie about that series will be the best chance to really shine and a story done in 2016 will be better than one released say, in 2012. That’s providing the rights don’t expire on him of course…