Nearly five years have passed since we last set foot on Pandora, the world that houses the Na’vi of “Avatar.” But when we return to Jake Sully’s new home, we’ll be there for a while.
It’s no secret that James Cameron has been working on sequels to “Avatar,” his record-breaking action-adventure epic starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana . The first sequel has been earmarked for release in 2016 — and now, we can expect the subsequent sequels to arrive shortly thereafter, as Cameron has confirmed that he will shoot three new “Avatar” films at the same time — much like the “Matrix,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies.
“The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously,” the writer-director revealed during his Reddit Ask Me Anything over the weekend. “They’re essentially all in pre-production now because we are designing creatures, settings and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.”
Cameron added that he’s feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed about where the “Avatar” sequels are headed — though right now, his top priority is getting the work done.
“There’s always pressure, whether it’s a new film or whether it’s a sequel, to entertain and amaze an audience,” he said. “I’ve felt that pressure my entire career, so there’s nothing new there. The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable. There hasn’t been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie.”
Are you excited that the next three “Avatar” movies will shoot simultaneously?