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Published On: Fri, Feb 21st, 2014

James Cameron gives ‘Avatar’ sequels update, discusses development, ‘it’s going to be spectacular’

The biggest grossing film of all-time will not just get a sequel, it will get three as director James Cameron is set to head into production.

avatar-movie photo Sam Worthington Na Vi characterWhile speaking with RTL, Cameron offered a status update on the three Avatar sequels:

“We’re still in the early stages.  Right now we’re developing the software.  I’m writing the scripts.  We’re designing all the creatures and characters and the settings, and so on.  So, I’m not actually directing yet, but I’m doing all the other creative processes that lead up to that… It’s going very well.  I think it’s going to be spectacular.  You’ll see new worlds, new habitats, new cultures.  The primary conflict between the human view kind of dominating nature and the Na’vi view of being integrated into nature is the same, but it manifests itself in very different ways.”

The Terminator director talked briefly about how to shoot the film.

“[We’re] looking at high frame rate.  I’m studying that.  I haven’t made a final decision yet, whether the entire film will be made at high frame rate or parts of it.  You know, we’ll be shooting at a native resolution of probably 4K and so then there should be a lot of true 4K theaters by then as well.”

Cameron added more positives about the franchise and possibilities.

“That’s the great thing about Avatar, it’s such a rich world, I can explore any theme or any idea that I want.  Once you’ve got the characters that an audience loves, it’s great to surprise them and make changes and turns that they don’t expect.  And you don’t have to spend so much time of the movie setting up all that stuff, because the audience will remember from the previous film.”

The three films are planned to arrive in theaters December 2016 and again in December of 2017 and 2018.

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