Currently making the press rounds to promote the re-release of 'Avatar' 3D on August 27th, Cameron has hinted that he would most likely shoot Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 back-to-back.
According to Cameron and Movieweb, Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are at least three years away from actually happening, and we won't see the first one until at least 2014.
This is actually something that’s been rumored before but now Cameron explains the reason why. Says Cameron, “That is something that makes a lot of sense, given the nature of these productions, because we can bank all the [motion] capture and then go back and do cameras over a period of time.”
“Avatar,” the top-grossing film of all time, showcased its groundbreaking 3-D technology and focused mainly on the lush jungle-like Pandora — but in the film’s sequel, James Cameron intends to go aquatic.
The director told the L.A. Times that a planned follow-up to the blockbuster film would head for the fictional planet’s oceans.
“Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment — a different setting within Pandora,” he told the newspaper. “And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.”
In the meantime, “Avatar” will make a return to theaters in August with an extra six minutes of footage and a novelization from Cameron is due out soon.