James Cameron Set to Shoot Avatar 2 and 3 in 2011 for 2014 and 2015 Release


Looks like James Cameron and Fox have decided “Cleopatra” and all those other silly movies Cameron has been eyeing can wait, because the writer/director and movie studio have released a presser that confirms Cameron will start scripting both “Avatar 2″ and “Avatar 3″ sometime next year, with production on the back-to-back sequels scheduled for later that year.

Though some semblance of production will likely commence in late 2011, you won’t be seeing much of the film until December 2014, when the first sequel is expected out, and December 2015, when “Avatar 3″ arrives in theaters. Who knows? By then the 3D fad might have petered out, given the ADD-like attitudes of today’s moviegoing audiences. One can only hope. If that happens, then maybe 3D will be more, well, special again.

Anyways, the important, non-slobbering parts of the press release ahoy:

Moving forward with the most anticipated films of the next decade, Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman announced today that Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Cameron has agreed to make AVATAR 2 and 3 as his next films.

Cameron, who had always viewed AVATAR as the creation of a new world and mythology, will begin work on the scripts early next year with an eye towards commencing production later in 2011. Cameron will decide if he will shoot the films back-to-back after he completes the scripts, but the release of the first, as yet untitled sequel, is targeted for December 2014, with the third film contemplated for a December 2015 release.

AVATAR 2 & 3 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau for Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    ” So James we know you can turn anything into gold, but you made us SOOOO much money with Avatar that’s all we’re gonna allow you to do for a bit. Make us more Mon…We mean Avatar films. Cause they were really great and everybody liked them and they were like cinematically amazing films. And they made us BUTTLOADS of cash.” -Fox Executive.

  • Brian

    “Cameron will decide if he will shoot the films back-to-back after he completes the scripts”.

    As “convenient” as it would be, I’d rather them not film them both at the same time. It takes a lot away from, in my opinion, excitement for the movie. Even the way it is right now where filming is done and post production sometimes takes almost a year, or in Avatar’s case years, as someone who tries to keep up on movies it’s sort of depressing.
    I understand it’s necessary but look at it like this: They film it and months later it gets released after the actors and some crew have moved on to different projects and been busy with them, and it’s not fresh in their minds anymore, they’ve essentially moved on. Just takes away some of the magic and excitement I think.
    Now add on top of that another year until the second (Avatar 3) film has been shot and it’s even more depressing.

    I like your comment on 3D maybe being special again, that’s a nice way to put it. I absolutely loved the 3D done by Cameron and his crew. The day before the release of Avatar I saw an interview with Jon Landau explaining how the 3D in Avatar wasn’t gimmicky throw stuff at the audience to break their connection with the film, but to immerse them and draw them in. That was key and it worked extremely well.
    I understand people’s negative opinions on 3D, and I don’t blame them because of everyone doing terrible quality “make a quick buck” versions of 3D. But that doesn’t change the fact that when it’s done right (such as Avatar) it’s incredible and adds a lot to the experience.

    Cameron is a quality filmmaker, I think it’s safe to assume he will be working on making the 3D even better with the sequels.

    Basically this comment is a long winded way of saying YES! SUPER EXCITED!