'Avatar 2' Arriving in 2013?

Avatar 2 & 3 May Shoot Back-to-Back

Avatar director, James Cameron, isn't slowing down. Even after spending ten years creating the most successful film of all time, Cameron is hopping right back onto the pre-production horse - with the intention of releasing his next film in "three to four years."

The blockbuster director hasn't been shy about the possibility of Avatar 2 but don't expect any official sequel announcements any time soon.

If you're looking at that short production time-frame and thinking Cameron might forfeit the 3D platform, in favor of a quicker turn-around on his next project, think again. Speaking at the recent All Things Digital Conference, Cameron made it clear that his next movie would continue to expand 3D film-making.

Even if the upcoming project isn't an Avatar sequel, it will be "some other big film that uses that same technology."

And why not? It's a platform Cameron has been aggressively promoting - even so far as to convince NASA to include a 3D camera on their upcoming Curiosity Rover.

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Three to four years would be pretty tight for Cameron these days (especially if he plans to expand on the 3D experience) - making it a strong possibility that the pre-production gears on Avatar 2 are turning.

Back in April, Cameron was already talking about the sequel (with the intention of a third film):

"We expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film.  I’ve already announced this, so I might as well say it: Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well."

Doesn't sound much like Cameron is prepping for an entirely new story to me - especially with the mention of a third film.

Avatar 2 & 3 May Shoot Back-to-Back

Obviously, Cameron and 20th Century Fox aren't going to outright say that they're working on the sequel next. But, with so many ideas still to be explored, and so much money to be made - it's difficult to imagine the director taking us anywhere as elaborate as Pandora in such a short amount of time.

What do you think Cameron will work on next? What are you hoping to see in Avatar 2?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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