Cameron Talks Avatar Trilogy With Entertainment Weekly

Published 5 years ago by , Updated January 14th, 2010 at 11:22 pm,

avatar 2 confirmed Cameron Talks Avatar Trilogy With Entertainment Weekly

Avatar is huge business, not just for Hollywood (Fox that means you) but also the many theaters that are showing the movie and earning a lot of money from their box office takings and the amount of popcorn that is being shifted for the movie’s 2 1/2 hour running time.

They should breathe a sigh of relief that James Cameron is with Entertainment Weekly about talking doing two sequels to the film. EW also has a cover featuring a couple of the film’s blue lead characters. Check out what Cameron has to say – and the cover after the jump.

Cameron seems to have had a sequel (or two) built into the business plan from day one, which isn’t surprising, considering the reported $300 million-plus budget of Avatar.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Cameron said:

“I’ve had a storyline in mind from the start — there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel. It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan. The CG plants and trees and creatures and the musculo-skeletal rigging of the main characters — that all takes an enormous amount of time to create. It’d be a waste not to use it again.”

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The magazine also has a witty quote from star Sam Worthington, who is signed up to star in another two Avatar films. Worthington apparently emailed the publication and said:

“Jake should have abused his avatar and be fat and unfit and demand Neyteri to get him a beer.”

Now, there’s a way of taking a billion-dollar franchise and making it “edgy”.

Avatar 2 really isn’t surprising. It’s a billion-dollar hit that will soon beat-out Titanic as the highest-grossing film ever (although Titanic didn’t really have sequel potential icon razz Cameron Talks Avatar Trilogy With Entertainment Weekly ).

It’s somewhat unlikely that Cameron will direct the sequels (so of you would say “fortunate”);  more likely he’ll “pull a George Lucas” and oversee production. That probably wont stop Fox from selling the films a being “From visionary director James Cameron” – but hey, at this point it’s just semantics, right?

More on Avatar 2 as we get it.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Hmm, interesting. I'm just not sure. Much like many other movies I've seen that I felt didn't really need a sequel (like The Matrix, or Pirates of the Caribbean), one does have to ask if this will be a good idea. Obviously sequels'll make a tonne of money and while the first movie does lend itself to a sequel or two, I really see it as just a standalone.

    Still, with Pandora all made up to the nines, it should be easier (and cheaper) to make.

  2. I could see the sequels happen like “Star Wars” going into the past of the current movie.

  3. Its been confirmed on Marketsaw that Cameron will direct the sequals.

  4. From what I understand, the video game of Avatar is somewhat of a prequel (I haven't played it, but that was the idea I got from reviews of the game).

    That said, if this was going to be like Star Wars, I'd prefer the sequels be an 'Empire' rather than a 'Phantom'.

  5. Oh dear God… no, please, no.

  6. I honestly dont see James Cameron directing the sequel or even being the main pilot in writting the script. One needs only look at his catalogue.

  7. I am sure I will see it.

  8. You mean the catalogue that includes Terminator 2?

  9. I'd much prefer an Avatar sequel to ANY Transformers sequel lol.

  10. I don't understand why people keep saying it's probably unlikely Cameron would direct. Why wouldn't he if he's passionate about it and has already planned out everything? And after his Terminator franchise got ruined after he left.

  11. Avatar has been James Cameron's favourite script for a decade and a half! He waited patiently for it to become feasible. There is no way in hell he is going to let others direct the sequels. This is HIS Star Wars(original trilogy)!

  12. I've said it before and I will gladly say it again… I did not like “Avatar”. The effects were awesome blah blah blah, but other than that? The story was nothing new, original, or interesting. There was literally an hour where nothing of importance occurred in the film. As of now I won't see a sequel, because how would they make a sequel?

    The main villain is dead, Jake is a Na'vi, Grace is dead, and the Americans just left… So… We see Jake and Neytiri just wander around Pandora so Cameron can showcase some pretty pictures? No thank you. I'll pass on this one, but if it's a huge hit when it gets released (which it most likely will be) then I may as well see it so I can have an opinion on it.

  13. The only way I can really respond to that is via prayer.

    “Dear God. I would like to file a bug report.”

  14. @ twistedburton

    True it's hard to see where Cameron would go with a sequel but you really have to look at his track record with sequels (i.e. Terminator 2 and Aliens). In both cases, especially the latter, it seemed like there wasn't much to build off of for a sequel but Cameron still managed to flip both movies around and IMO exceed the first. That said, I have a feeling Cameron already knows exactly what he wants to do for the next Avatar.

  15. Close but no cigar, avatars are vehicles of the gods. They predate christianity. For instance Avatars appear in both Hindu and Norse religions.

  16. Oh yeah one more thing, you are friggin nuts. It has been a while since I have seen an illuminati crackpot. I got news for you the illuminati is not a secret underground conspiracy. The modern Illuminati would be the heads of huge corperations that manage control on the political level. And yes Avatars tree hugging message of save the environment is very satanic lol.

  17. its almost 500 years into the future or sumthing and humans still havent learned that we cant just stroll in and take what ever we want from other people students get taught this and the message still has not got across

  18. And Aliens….

  19. Considering the way Cameron approaches sequels, he likes to use the original as a base and then flip it in a totally new direction, which surely is the point of a sequel in the first place, but maybe he will have the Na'vi portrayed in a more villainous light for some reason.

  20. I'm with sam beckett on this one. I have a feeling Cameron is going to bring something new the table like he did with Aliens. The question is how is he going to flip things on their side? I would naturally say they (the marines) come back with a much larger force but that just seems way too cliche. I think its possible he might introduce a new kind of threat other than humans.. i dunno maybe another humanoid species that are more advanced than humans.. Could make things more interesting. Also he could go for an edgier look with deeper character development. Just a little food for thought

  21. Sounds ok I guess, as long as Cameron leaves out the lame political references aka
    “shock and awe” and “pre-emptive attack”.

  22. Sounds ok I guess, as long as Cameron leaves out the lame political references aka
    “shock and awe” and “pre-emptive attack”.

  23. Did anyone else notice the parallels of Avatar and Dances With Wolves? It’s a futuristic Dances With Wolves in my opinion which was a great movie. I could call pretty much the rest of the movie once you could see the attaction between Jake and Neytiri. Doesn’t make it bad though. I still really enjoyed the movie and thought it was an interesting step in a new direction when it comes to cinema. I’m not really sure where the trilogy will lead but I am curious to find out.