James Cameron Enlists TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES Creator Josh Friedman to Work on AVATAR 2 Screenplay

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Slowly but surely, development on the Avatar sequels continues to progress.  While James Cameron‘s past filmography tells us that the filmmaker will take as long as he pleases in between projects, we’ve seen numerous deadlines come and go for when Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are expected to begin filming and finally hit theaters.  The most recent timeline has Zoe Saldana saying that she thinks production will finally begin in early 2014, and while Cameron has been hard at work on the screenplays for the past few years, it appears that he’s enlisting a little help to get the script for Avatar 2 in tip-top shape before production (hopefully) gets underway.  Hit the jump for more.

avatar 2 sequelThe folks over at The Wrap report that Terminator: The Sarah Chronicles creator Josh Friedman has been recruited to work on the screenplay for Avatar 2.  This is presumably not a “page-one rewrite” job, as Cameron has been crafting the scripts for both sequels himself over the past four years.  That being said, it appears as though Cameron would like a fresh voice to do some work the script before production begins, and Friedman is his man.  It’s unclear if Friedman will also be working on the Avatar 3 script, since the plan is to film both sequels back-to-back.  The scribe has a history with 20th Century Fox, having created the Terminator TV series and penned the pilot for Locke & Key.  He also wrote the screenplay for Brian De Palma‘s The Black Dahlia and worked on the script for Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds.

Whether filming on the Avatar sequels actually begins early next year or not is anyone’s guess, but Cameron hasn’t just been sitting around twiddling his thumbs in the time since Avatar’s release.  The filmmaker has been advancing new technology to use on the production, and producer Jon Landau recently revealed that they will be utilizing underwater performance-capture on Avatar 2.  While the proposed 2015 release date for Avatar 2 is looking less and less likely, the hiring of a new writer for the film signals that progress is indeed happening—just at a James Cameron-friendly pace.

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  • Daniel

    He just couldn’t do it himself.

  • Scurvy

    Interesting. Sarah Connor Chronicles was a fantastic tv show. Just another casualty in a long line of Fox shows that didn’t get enough of a push.

  • clay

    does anyone really fuckin care about another avatar movie???? seriously cameron had a window to totally dominate the movie industry and he fucked up. noone cares anymore about avatar. no way can cameron compete with marvel and now that star wars has 3 new movies on the docket… personally i’m glad because cameron has always been an asshole and underserving for all his success…. he treats cast and crew like shit- so about time he gets shitted on.

    • justin

      I care about Avatar. And I’m glad he is taking his time with the screenplay. If he were rushing it, then you would be complaining that he is only doing it for money. And please tell us all how you PERSONALLY know J.C. , yourself. Because I doubt that you ever have. And how is he getting shitted on?? Too funny.

      • Northern Star

        Clay is right about how Cameron treats cast and crew, he’s notorious in the industry for being a nasty, vindictive, and mean-spirited bully to those under him… just ask Kate Winslet who vowed NEVER to work for Cameron ever again! He gets away with it because he’s a powerful force in the industry owing to just how much money his films make, but in almost any other industry, he’d be a goner the way he treats people…

      • Northern Star

        Clay is right about how Cameron treats cast and crew, he’s notorious in the industry for being a nasty, vindictive, and mean-spirited bully to those under him… just ask Kate Winslet who vowed NEVER to work for Cameron ever again! He gets away with it because he’s a powerful force in the industry owing to just how much money his films make, but in almost any other industry, he’d be a goner the way he treats people…

      • Northern Star

        Clay is right about how Cameron treats cast and crew, he’s notorious in the industry for being a nasty, vindictive, and mean-spirited bully to those under him… just ask Kate Winslet who vowed NEVER to work for Cameron ever again! He gets away with it because he’s a powerful force in the industry owing to just how much money his films make, but in almost any other industry, he’d be a goner the way he treats people…

      • justin

        Ever consider that maybe Kate Winslet could be the one who’s the ass hole. Don’t just take a one sided story or just believe everything you hear. Try getting both sides of the story before you make HUGEEE assumptions about a person that you have never met.

      • mbmarquis69

        Actually Cameron has a well earned reputation as a hard ass who strong arms everyone around him, but I sort of don’t think that is a bad thing. He’s an innovative and visionary director, whether you love or hate him, and he has more than a few actors who love him still. He’s arrogant and probably a bit of a jerk at times, but he’s got the clout to be.

      • Northern Star

        So being a visionary or being innovative gives him license to treat people like cattle? Those same adjectives also apply to both George Lucas and Peter Jackson but neither of them treat their cast and crew with anything like the same reprehensible behavior and attitude that Cameron does… the man may be talented but he’s a narcissistic and self-important blowhard with an inflated opinion of himself and his recent output!

      • mbmarquis69

        Actually Cameron has a well earned reputation as a hard ass who strong arms everyone around him, but I sort of don’t think that is a bad thing. He’s an innovative and visionary director, whether you love or hate him, and he has more than a few actors who love him still. He’s arrogant and probably a bit of a jerk at times, but he’s got the clout to be.

    • Strong Enough

      i care too.

    • Calderon

      Well, it’s not like one of the most commercially (and to a somewhat lesser extent, critically) revered working film directors SHOULD be easy to work with. No one exactly said other good directors were easy to work with as well – Tarantino will just bolt off the set if a cell phone rings, Fincher wants his 90+ takes for one scene, etc.

      I thought Avatar was great blockbuster entertainment. It had great special effects and while it told a somewhat trite story, it told the trite story well.

      • Ben Wigler

        Hey, I’m sure James Cameron is a better guy to work for than Vincent Gallo… that’s for damn sure.

    • mbmarquis69

      I also care, but you got one thing right… he lost much of the momentum he built up from Avatar. Whether he can drum up that kind of excitement again remains to be seen, but never bet against Cameron. You’ll probably lose.

  • Ben Wigler

    Sweet lord. Couldn’t he have just hired him to, you know, write a big screen version of what would have happened in Season 3 of T:SCC? The first season was rough at its start but the end of Season 1 and just about all of Season 2 is the best use of the Terminator concept yet, possibly including Terminator and T2. T-1000s making the independent decision to use time travel to create a version of SkyNet that has morals and doesn’t kill all of humanity? That’s just freaking genius.

    And we have to get Avatard 2. Thanks a lot, JC. It’s not like the current Terminator rights holder wouldn’t give you total creative control and a freaking gigantic percentage of gross if you agreed to direct it, with that guy writing. BOO.

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