James Cameron Talks about Building Momentum on Writing AVATAR 2 and AVATAR 3

     March 18, 2013


Last November, James Cameron said he hoped to have the scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 finished by February, and planned to shoot later this year.  February has now come and gone, and Cameron is still at work on getting back into the world of Pandora.  But not to worry, Avatar fans.  Cameron is still plugging away at the sequels, and he’s close to reaching the point where the story begins to write itself.

Hit the jump for more.

avatar 2 sequelSpeaking to Play Goes Strong [via Bleeding Cool], Cameron talked about trying to build Avatar sequels from scratch:

“I’m working on ‘Avatar 2′ and ‘Avatar 3.’ I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, ‘You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third ‘Lord of the Rings.’ I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it. I’m deep into it and I’m living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it’s coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That’s when it gets fun. The characters talk and it’s writing itself. I’m almost there right now. It’s building fast.”

I suppose for Cameron, “book in my head” equals “FernGully: The Last Rainforest“.  The good news is that there was a direct-to-video sequel, FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue.

avatar_special_edition_movie_image_02Cameron says that for him to get into the headspace to write the sequels, he needs isolation.  “I’m calling you from New Zealand right now where I’m writing on a little farm,” Cameron told PGS.  “When you live in a special world like Pandora, you have to live in that world.”

Finally, when asked about the pressure of topping his record-breaking and influential film, and when we might see the sequels, Cameron responded:

“Pressure, no. It’s a little daunting because sequels are always tricky. You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I’ve walked that line in the past, so I’m not too worried about it. At the same time, I definitely have to deliver the goods…As for a release date that will be determined by when I get the script out. No pressure!”



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  • xs

    Someone should send him to the mental hospital already. Loss of the sense for reality… he really is turning insane.

  • burlivesleftnut

    AVATARS. In order to stake their claim on Pandora, humans will arrive on Pandora with COLONIAL MARINES.

    AVATAR³. Jake is imprisoned on PRISON PLANET, where he must fight a flurescent DOG BEAST before sacrificing himself to save no one in particular.

    • jackjack

      Man, you may treat it as a joke, but it won’t be: concepts you’re suggesting are far more original in comparison to the shit that Cameron will come up with.

  • jay

    i never liked the first one. seen it once no need to again

    • Mark

      The highest grossing film of all time and there are always so many people rushing to say how indifferent they were/are to it. Oh, the irony.

      • -

        Somebody doesn’t know the definition of irony.

  • just go back to counting ur $

    cameron had a window where avatar sequels would have dominated all media.. now over it …as most people are.. too much time has gone by….. and avatar doesn\’t have the fan base as star wars and star trek do.

    • Sean


      Avatar created a unique THEATER experience and it was his long overdue follow up to Titanic. Some mix of those ingredients caused it to generate insane momentum. But the story wasn’t good enough to sustain the momentum and excitement. You don’t hear people talking about how Avatar is their favorite film. It didn’t establish itself as a sci-fi classic beyond the effects. Too many people it’s primarily remembered for it’s derivative plot.

      I try not to write off anything Cameron does because of his absurd success rate, but I see this as probably being a big financial letdown in the US (though still huge overseas).

      • Steve

        People have been predicting the demise of James Cameron for as long as I can remember and yet his films continue to break records and are cultural events. Call it “absurd” if you wish. He’s doing something right. Most critics and audiences around the world agree.

  • The Blue Elephant

    I enjoyed the first one, I thought it was entertaining. I heard the 2nd movie is going to be based on the ocean, really looking forward to that.

  • Em See

    FernGully references: for when you think the Smurf joke is too easy, but don’t have the talent to come up with anything better.

  • Ben

    Getting pretty bored of the FernGully references… You DO know that FernGully was ripped off the decades-old treatment for Avatar, right? Cameron has had that world boiling in his head for about 20 years.

    Does that make Avatar good? No. FernGully was way better…

    But for the love of Ripley, it was his freaking idea NOT the other way around.

    • The Destroyer

      Wrong, show some proof and evidence.

    • Dover

      Yeah, and Harlan Ellison totally ripped off nine-year old lil’ Jimmy Cameron’s third grade English themes for “Soldier” and “Demon with a Glass Hand”.

  • -

    Who’s actually looking forward to this? The first one was decent at best, and no one would give a shit about it if it weren’t a huge accomplishment as far as the visuals are concerned (and nobody really will in 10-20 years when the visuals are out-of-date)

  • tarek

    “Who’s actually looking forward to this?” ME
    ” no one would give a shit about it if it weren’t a huge accomplishment …” I DO.

  • mike

    I’m looking forward to it as well as many many other people out there. Sorry but Avatar is one of those films where the visuals are never going to look outdated. Some movies do and some movies don’t. Avatar is not one of them. So looking forward to 2 and 3.

  • spongefist

    Being that Avatar was the most shit movie of all time, it was so unbelievably bad… can’t Cameron stay on his medication long enough to realise that what we really want is for him to put all of this money and tech into an Aliens attack the earth movie war movie.

    I really, really don’t get it. Who in their right mind liked Avatar !??? It was terrible beyond words.

    • Clay

      I like Avatar, and I’m very much in my right mind. I agree with the masses that the story is nothing to scream about – we’ve seen it before. It’s a tried-and-true formula. Where I disagree with Avatar’s detractors is that it ruined the experience. Far from it. The story was just serviceable enough to get us through Pandora, which cannot be so easily written off. It felt LIVED IN. It’s a stunning feat of the imagination and nothing we’ve seen on screen has come close since. If you disagree, I’m not sure what to say. I might question whether or not you actually saw it in a theater.

    • Nate

      I thought it was a decent popcorn sci fi movie. The 3D was fantastic. The battle scenes were great.

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  • PJ Sleepwalker

    If I wasn’t interested in Avatar sequels, there’s no way I would have bothered to read this story. I read this article, therefore, I must really want to know when these movies are going to get made. The author of this article is unfortunately biased against what I consider a fine film experience.

  • Jay

    He’ll make another billion on Avatar 2, no doubt – it must be so strange to write that script, KNOWING that anything he writes will have an army of artists behind it to make it look and feel absolutely real.

    At a billion dollars (at least) in the box office, every letter of every word is worth more money than I make in two years of life. It must be nice at the top!

  • Alan B

    Considering Goldberg once wrote that the ogirinal ‘Avatar’ was “set up for a fall by unreasonable expectations brought on by intense secrecy”, it would be fair to say that Goldberg knows nothing about moviegoers, their interests and what makes a film successful. He can bitch as much as he likes, but Cameron has twice written and directed the highest grossing film of all time.

  • TotesMcGotes

    The first Avatar was really underwhelming for me,I don’t mind a cliched story if it’s well told and has good characters. But aside from the visuals,I thought everything was so bland. I really can’t name anyone who stood out on that movie. Having Sam Worthington as your lead sure doesn’t help.

  • ED

    So many fucking haters in this website. Hey, if you don’t enjoy the fucking movies then go somewhere else.

  • tarek

    Avatar was the best cinema experience since a while. that is : since starwars IV and Aliens.
    I found the CGI characters much more realistic and even have more expressive performances than many real characters in other movies, to say the less.

    go go go Jim. We are eagerly waiting for Avatar 2 & 3.

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