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.”

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 :-P ).

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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