James Cameron Says AVATAR 2 & AVATAR 3 Will Be Shot Together; Expects Most of the Cast to Return

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Back in October, we reported that James Cameron’s Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 were looking at Christmas 2014/2015 release dates respectively.  At that time, though, we weren’t sure if the plan was to shoot the films back-to-back or if Cameron/Fox were going to sit back and count the profits from Avatar 2 (which will require a considerable amount of time, I’m sure) before lensing the third.  Today, though, Cameron has confirmed that the projects will be shot at the same time.  In a recent interview, the writer/director/producer said:

“I am in the process of writing the next two Avatar films now. We are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart. Christmas ’14 and ’15 is the current plan.”

For more on what Cameron had to say about the returning cast members and potential Avatar charity work, hit the jump.

James_Cameron_Pace_Camera_G4 (1)Talking with EW’s Inside Movies, Cameron assured fans that much of the original cast will return for Avatar 2:

“Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form.”

In addition to breaking the sequels’ shooting, editing, and casting plans, Cameron also confirmed that both films would be of a charitable mind:

“One thing’s for sure: some percentage of the presumably-massive Avatar sequel gross will go to charity. Fox has partnered with me to donate a chunk of the profits to environmental causes that are at the heart of the Avatar world. I didn’t want to make more Avatar movies without a grander plan in place.”

In case you were unaware, 2009′s Avatar earned a little over $2.7 billion at box offices worldwide against a production budget thought to be somewhere around $250 million.  As such, after catching wind of this generous plan, I wouldn’t be surprised to see “environmental causes” popping up everywhere in the near future.  In fact, if anyone knows of any holes in the “environmental causes market,” feel free to send them my way.

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  • Excpired

    So Camerons next film will come out half a decade after the last.. This guy is really slow lol.

    I guess we can say goodbye to Battle Angel.

  • dude

    By the time of this articles publication he’s already finished writing both scripts.

    • Steven Gilpin

      in response to “dude’s” comment, that’s hilarious!

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  • 1AngryMan

    December movies always make me bust a nut.

    December 2011- Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret
    December 2012- Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Part I
    December 2013- Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Part 2
    December 2014- James Cameron’s AVATAR 2
    December 2015- James Cameron’s AVATAR 3

    Christmas is gonna be nice for the next half decade!

    • bpsjaunty

      you can add the girl with the dragon tattoo and the tintin movie for dec’11

  • Eli B

    I know Cameron’s at least aware and to his credit somewhat clever with the art of sequels, but that being said Avatar doesn’t leave itself well for direct continuation. And that’s speaking as a person who likes the bloody thing. That being said Cameron better have a damn good pitch to carry the weight of presumable another three hour tours in his movie’s universe.

  • Ian

    Nothing against Cameron, he’s a great director. But I really didn’t care for Avatar. Yes the special effects were well done (the only film that I think was helped by 3D), but the story was basically a ripoff of Pocahontas. And in 2D it looked like a mediocre PS3 game. Things can change between now and 2014 but I’ll probably pass on these.

    • Anthony

      Every single person who thinks this is a “ripoff” of Pocahontas or Dances With Wolves instantly proves how little they know about the art of storytelling.

      Go study the plot relations of films like Star Wars, West Side Story, Once Upon a Time in America, The Lion King, etc., and get back to us. Until then, stop spouting your ignorance.

  • aaronsullivan

    Let’s see him dig in for more interesting and complex characters with more interesting and complex themes and plot. It was smart to keep the story and characters simple in the first film because of the arresting nature of the visuals and the far out nature of the film (worked for general audiences and only disappointed a few critics and cynics), but like Empire Strikes Back and other great sequels, the next one can dig into the meat with an already established world.

    Fortunately, his record with sequels has been pretty amazing: Aliens (writer/director), Terminator 2(writer/director), even Rambo 2 (writer) and do forget Piranha 2: the Spawning (director).

    I’m a little worried that he has lost sight of the main character’s journey in story telling since those movies, though. Prove me wrong, James Cameron!

  • Brenno

    got to love all the haters….. ill be going to see these sequels, and so will all the other people who make up a record box office lolz…… i guess the haters opinion matters for sh@t after all baha.

  • dogspunchingkittens

    Avatar was a cool movie to watch, but it wasn’t a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, anyone who thinks it was is either lying or has never seen the cookie-cutter story from Avatar, in any of the hundreds of tales before it. That isn’t knocking Avatar, I don’t think Cameron wanted to make a great movie as much as he wanted to do something cool and he succeeded if that was his goal. As for making a 2nd and (Jesus, make it stop) a 3rd, he’s going to have to do something like use a creative story this time around. I do hate James Cameron for the record, he isn’t important but he thinks he is… that shit is annoying.

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  • Aeonstrife

    James Cameron’s Avatar is a masterpiece, possibly the most revolutionary film in the history of cinema that saved the movie theaters from dying, and a phenomenon that changed the planet. This said I think filming the sequels back to back is a mistake. Most sequels that are filmed back to back are done badly due to time constraints and the rush to release them tends to lower creativity. James Cameron is a cinematic genius but this said lots of his success comes from taking the necessary time to make his films and from having enough time to experiment with creativity while making his films. If Cameron rushes through making the sequels without the necessary preparation he could run into some problems which could lower the grandeur of the sequels. However with Avatar, Cameron did establish many of the essential elements for his trilogy which might be enough necessary preparation to have a head start giving him an edge on making the sequels back to back correctly.

    • Chris

      Avatar was a cool movie to watch, but it wasn’t a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, anyone who thinks it was is either lying or has never seen the cookie-cutter story from Avatar, in any of the hundreds of tales before it. That isn’t knocking Avatar, I don’t think Cameron wanted to make a great movie as much as he wanted to do something cool and he succeeded if that was his goal. As for making a 2nd and (Jesus, make it stop) a 3rd, he’s going to have to do something like use a creative story this time around. I do hate James Cameron for the record, he isn’t important but he thinks he is… that shit is annoying.

      Why you call someone who likes the movie a liar? cookie cutter story? explain. You obviously need to read about the interviews with Cameron and his goals for the movie. Your info is all opinion and zero facts. James Cameron is a heckuva lot more important than you are. Look what’s he doing for the people in the Amazon. He cares, but do you?

    • Joe

      “most revolutionary film of all time?” That’s a reach to put it mildly. Avatar is a solid film, but, while the face capture was a decent step forward, the cgi was just as bad as any other example of a world entirely created by cgi, and the movie theaters don’t need saving, they were and are perfectly fine despite home theatres. This is all coming from someone who likes the movie btw

  • colin

    Whatever Cameron did next was gonna be huge. Whatever he puts his hands on turns to gold. He doesn’t need the money, and he doesn’t need to make movies for the money any more. He has a legacy in mind at this point. I sincerely doubt that the man would risk it on some half-baked back-to-back sequels.

    Before Avatar released he said that if the film was successful, he already had concepts for sequels in mind. The reason many of us have our doubts about the power of those sequels is because we are NOT James Cameron. I am as skeptical about the continuation of this story as anyone, but that does not mean that I doubt James Cameron’s ability to deliver another entry into the sequel-hall-of-fame, to which he is a card carrying member.

    Avatar sequels could really be anything at this point. He could even set it 1000 years in the future once the Navi’ have developed into a technologically advanced civilization and are grappling with the difficult ramifications that this can have on a society that was once very in tune with nature. Who knows.

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  • bmg

    Why are so many people worried? James Cameron has done nothing throughout his entire career but prove himself again and again, with zero exceptions. People thought Titanic would flop. Nope. People though Avatar looked silly. Nope. Now this talk about not being able to pull off a sequel? He’s responsible for not one, but TWO of the greatest sequels of all time — T2 and Aliens. Give the benefit of the doubt! He’s earned it!!

  • cuteview

    Whatever…Avatar was just a rip-off Pocahontas and Dances with Wolves…effects were good but the story was so fucken predictable…

    • Anthony

      Every single person who thinks this is a “ripoff” of Pocahontas or Dances With Wolves instantly proves how little they know about the art of storytelling.

      Go study the plot relations of films like Star Wars, West Side Story, Once Upon a Time in America, The Lion King, etc., and get back to us. Until then, stop spouting your ignorance.

  • Ferret21

    Although I COMPLETELY disagree with Camron’s politics and his personal beliefs, he is a fantastic film maker. My only worry is that squeals to Avatar will be rehashes of the same theme in both. “Blue aliens good because they treat their environment with respect”, “Americans bad (Notice EVERYONE seemed American?) because they want to destroy the environment”.

    It may be against Cameron’s idealism, but it would be a great story element to switch it up and show the dark side of the aliens and a good side to humanity beyond a handful of tree hugger scientists. Humanity has more nobility in it then just loving the environment.

    Perhaps concluding that no one species has a monopoly on good and bad, but by having the hero embracing both, becomes something better then each. But that’s just me.

    I kinda doubt he will stray from the extreme environmentalist message, which MAY hurt the equals… it may not too, but we live in a time where people are not interested in being hit on the head too much with what has become “Political” themes… unless you agree with the theme I guess…

  • Paul

    Holes in the environmental causes market?

    Start here

    http://www.iceagenow.com/

  • zack

    Like pocahontas yes, but if all one does is compare to other stories you’re bound to get a bit of repetition. Avatar makes us examine human nature and realize that we as a people are parasites. Greed and extremist Ayn Rand philosophy of modern day accelerates the reality of the dog-eat-dog world we live in. Avatar is equivalent to the notion of being in the world but not of it. Positivity is definately what seperates the evolved from the less than so analytical sheep of the popular film watching society. Free to have your opinions, but negative critisism of anothers vision isn’t dissimilar to not having the guts to express your own… needless to say, I can’t wait for avatar 2 and 3. LOL!

  • A girl

    Two sequels to a mediocre “World of Warcraft” movie. I wish he still made cool movies, like Terminator 2.

  • sundancer

    Sheesh not original…Look at the list for the 10 nominated best pics this year and I could site you at least 5 movies/stories each that they are similar to. As for the sequels I believe I read somewhere that the idea for sequels would be on different planets….one mainly a water planet …the other I can’t recall . Will he be directing these or just producing …like the Star Wars sequels.

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  • Al

    The unobtainium must flow. Maybe they can cast Sting

  • killmenow

    Maybe they can mine ‘retardanium’ this time, just to make sure that every detail of the sequels measures up to the utter lameness that infused the first.

  • James

    !!! Why bother making any more avatar films, the first one was absolute rubbish, boring, the viewers get lost in the effects just to put off the crappy story and wooden acting!!

  • thaaqib

    Avatar was a good film 7/10. It wasn’t mind blowing. The effects were brilliant but I did fall asleep in the cinema due to the faffing in Pandora which was not necessary. I think a sequel is a crap idea. To quote Russell Howard-

    “Everyone is saying Avatar is the ultimate cinema experience. It isn’t: the most ultimate cinema experience you can have is when you’re watching the Sixth Sense and the child says ‘I see dead people’ you have someone in the back shouting ‘I don’t just see them mate, I have sex with ‘em’ “

  • Critic hater

    Listen all you avatar haters and so called experts!!
    This movie is a creation of a man who has spent his entire life revolutionizing cinema with mind blowing special effects and original charectors that have never been seen or even imagined!!! This is the hard work of a man who that has taken almost 10 years to complete one movie which goes into showing his patience and determination.
    For once just think WTF have you guys done in 10 years other than jerking off a million times. James cameron is a genius because he not only thought about this movie 15 years back when most of you were still in your fxxxx diapers or sucking yr mam titis but waited for the technology to develop which did not exist. This alone is a testimony of his brilliance. He not only wrote the script but also developed a new language along with a linguistic and also partly invented the motion capture camera. I mean who takes so much of interest these days when everything is about getting the job done in a jiffy.
    Look at all the movies that have come out in 3D which is a total crap because they have made them in a hurry. You guys keep wining as much as u want but I am sure James will come out with another stunner which will blow people mind and the box office.

  • abaxy

    I think Cameron should have focused Avatar less on environmental issues/similarities between the Na’vi and Native Americans, and more on the original secondary theme: The Na’vi had a ‘god’ that could be scientifically measured, but even that didn’t matter to our jaded society. I have never seen that idea in a story before and found it fascinating.

    The newly released extended director’s cut, while it adds an unnecessary and corny intro, adds depth to the rest of the film, making a few more of the characters ’round’ instead of ‘flat’, explains previously confusing motivations, and adds an important on-screen death that was sadly missing from the theatrical release.

  • anonymouse

    Avatar was good for 3-D and Blu-Ray. Thats it. If he can make avatar sequels with original stories and interesting character development then i’m all for it :D just look at Aliens and Terminator 2 Judgement Day. Cameron has this in the bag.
    I can’t stand it when people talk about Avatar as a revolutionary masterpiece. A very solid film that is great for visuals, but don’t put it in the same league as The Lord of the Rings trillogy. Leave that for the sequels :)

  • Shin3

    First of all I really love James Cameroon’ Titanic: new visions, great visuals and (really) deep love story – all other side story as well.

    But Ive never watch avatar until few months ago, my friends were watching it on DVD.

    When I first watch its trailer back in 2009…I says wow…thats AION and Final Fantasy (both games with stunning graphics, new visual) and all the idea on the avatar trailer are already there on those games (some flying rock mountain, wonderful woods scenery and Tree of life) merged with some story that (I think) nothing special or new, so i don’t even bother watch it…even all my friend really recommend me about this movie.

    If 2nd or 3rd movie release in 2014 or 2015, I wouldn’t ever bother to watch, cause, there will be nothing special – IMHO because the 3D (which was a strong point on avatar booming) is already common for now. I hope he considers another project that fresh and new instead of continuing this avatar project…

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