Movie franchises like “Star Wars,” “The Avengers,” and “Justice League” seem to be grabbing every other headline these days; so much so that it’s been easy to forget that James Cameron is currently planning two new films to follow up the biggest movie of all time.
We knew that at least two more “Avatar” movies are in the pipeline from Cameron, with potential for a fourth if the director needs more money to dive into the ocean, but now he’s shed some light on when things might start rolling.
Speaking with The West Australian (via The Playlist), Cameron said that he’s currently writing the scripts at his recently purchased New Zealand farm and hopes to be done by February. The ultimate goal is to begin filming by late 2013.
“I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don’t want to be writing the movie in post-production,” Cameron said. “We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don’t want to do that again.”
With Cameron now living in New Zealand, it should be no surprise that he made it out to the premiere of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which utilized controversial high frame-rate technology. Cameron also told the paper that depending on how audiences respond to “The Hobbit,” he may adopt the tech for “Avatar 2 and 3.”
“If there is acceptance of 48, then that will pave the way for ’Avatar’ [sequels] to take advantage of it,” Cameron said. “We charged out ahead on 3-D with ’Avatar,’ now Peter’s doing it with ’The Hobbit.’ It takes that kind of bold move to make change.”
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