Zoe Saldana Explains James Cameron’s Challenge On ‘Avatar’ Sequels

Zoe Saldana has found herself in high demand for info on some of the biggest movie franchises today. Not only is she in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which opens in theaters next week, and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” one of Marvel’s movies for 2014, she will also be at the center of two “Avatar” sequels, as soon as James Cameron finishes the screenplays, that is.

During the press junket for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” MTV News’ Josh Horowitz spoke with Saldana about how the scripts were coming along and if she knew what Cameron was doing on that New Zealand farm of his.

Read what she had to say after the jump!

“We’ve emailed, but I know that he’s sort of been removing himself from things that might distract him so that he can focus on doing the final tweaks on the scripts,” Saldana said. “He did share that he’s in a very interesting and fragile place, because he story is dictating itself.”

That fragility, Saldana explains, comes from the strength of the first “Avatar” movie. If Cameron hadn’t made such strong characters in the original film, he would have an easier time making them do what he wants in the sequel.

“You walk a fine line when you’re the creator of the story you’re going to tell, of the manipulation that you may have unconsciously of the story and the characters versus allowing the story to unfold it, because you did create such a monumental and solid platform that they’re just living and breathing organisms and they’re the ones that need to make their own decisions,” Saldana said. “I’m geek talking right now, but that’s how intense it affects me and how I feel about amazing storytellers like James Cameron and J.J. Abrams. They create things that are real out of unimaginable scenarios, and that is beautiful to me.”

“Star Trek Into Darkness” opens in theaters on May 16.