Sigourney Weaver Says James Cameron Will Shoot Three AVATAR Sequels at the Same Time

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Though 20th Century Fox ensured that James Cameron’s next film after Avatar would be a sequel to the highest grossing film of all time, the director has been taking his sweet time getting the project going.  Cameron’s been busy diving to the ocean’s deepest point and documenting it in the film Deepest Challenge, but it appears he’s finally getting ready to return to Pandora.  We previously heard that the director would probably be filming Avatar 2 and 3 at the same time, and latest word from the filmmaker was that he was “in the Avatar business period,” meaning he’s only interested in making Avatar films from here on out.  At the same time, Cameron first dropped word about a possible Avatar 4, and now star Sigourney Weaver claims that the director will film all three Avatar sequels at once.  Hit the jump for more.

avatar-2-sequels-james-cameron-sigourney-weaverRoger Friedman over at Showbiz 411 recently caught up with Weaver who broke the news that the three Avatar sequels are on the docket for her in the near future:

She goes right into a new Christopher Durang play for a short run at Lincoln Center. Then she films Avatar 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said.

avatar-2-sequelsSo when Cameron said he’s only in the Avatar business for the foreseeable future, he wasn’t kidding.  Given how technologically involved each film is and how long the post-production takes per movie, it makes sense to go ahead and shoot all the Avatar sequels at once.  Cameron doesn’t have to wait for sets to be built or locations to be ready, he just throws those goofy suits on his actors, puts them in a warehouse, and starts make-believin’.

When it was announced that Avatar 2 and 3 would be Cameron’s next films, tentative release dates of December 2014 and 2015 were slated.  As Cameron has been taking his time working on the scripts and going on diving expeditions, producer Jon Landau recently admitted that the sequels were unlikely to make their scheduled release dates.  As Cameron’s the man behind the two highest grossing movies of all time—with three sequels to one of them on the way—I doubt Fox can be too upset with the delay.  Based on the post-production schedule of the first film, if Cameron indeed starts filming this fall we could possibly see Avatar 2 by late 2015.

There’s no firm word on exactly which actors will be back or what the plot will involve, but Cameron previously talked about his desire to explore the underwater locations of Pandora in the subsequent films.  Whatever the story concerns, it appears we’ve got plenty more time left to spend with our favorite blue cat people thingy majigs.

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  • sense 11

    Awesome news but didn’t her character die in Avatar part one?

    • mattinacan

      it doesn’t really matter, Avatar was the most flimsy two dimensional 3D movie ever

  • TheApprentice12

    Well she did say, in science-fiction, no-one ever dies, so there could still be hope that maybe that magic tree that she was hooked up too, puts her spirit into a Navi body successfully?

  • terminator

    I’m getting a Howard Hughes vibe here.

  • Isak

    No.
    Just…no.

  • Slice

    This has become the most expensive Saturday morning cartoon series ever and he’s taking up the challenge of providing all the Pocahontas sequels Disney didn’t make.

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  • WrathofJhan

    Though I do enjoy blue humanoids screeching like cats and mating using their hair, I’d rather just watch “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest” three more times.

  • tarek

    More cowbells!

    Thanks Jim!

  • Boris

    Well the whole asteroid mining thing surely won’t be cheap.

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  • rukia

    Ask Weaver about Battle Angel.

  • Michael

    well that make 4 avatars movies I have no desire to watch. there has to be a better way to finance his Planetary Resources company.

  • Kenny B

    you guys are stupid.

    Lets all bash James Cameron.. Possibly the least influential statements anyone, could address upon anything!

    What I want is a 2nd John Carter

    • book1245

      To see that team come back for John Carter and the Gods of Mars would be amazing. I’d much rather see that happen someday than even just Avatar 2

  • Edward Lee

    Only three? What happened to the nine-consecutive-sequel-shoot Cameron’s already promised?

  • Evan

    I’m a Jim Cameron fan and I think Avatar is fine as a standalone story and movie. Avatar sequels for the next ten years does not sound exciting to me.

    Jim should move onto a different project.

  • Cpt. Hindsight

    Everyone’s a critic now huh? Was it the best most original movie? No. Was it entertaining for effects and action. Yes. Will everyone complaining go see it? FO SHO! Never understood judging what’s clearly popcorn entertainment that nobody has even seen concept art or basic story outline for yet. It’s like James has never made a good movie to some of u. Almost every comment had a snarky comment like “oh god not another one of those movies.” All u geeks will watch it. Just funny.

    • Conrad The Great!

      Well said (or well written I mean)

    • mattinacan

      no we won’t

  • Tim

    ^ That’s how I feel. I thought it was pretty amazing. At the end of the movie I was like “man I hope there is a sequel.”

    • Prashant

      Thats right just “a” sequel will be satisfactorily fine for us but 3 and 4 will be unbearable. With all due respect to James Cameron and his talent.

  • excpired

    I have a feeling his gonna flip-flop on the Avatar stuff again. A year or two ago he was all about making a visceral human story in 3D to show its possible, then he said his next film was going to be Battle Angel Alita, now he is saying its Avatar. Can’t trust him on his word at all.

    Chances are it’ll be another decade before we see another movie out of him period.

  • Aaronsullivan

    The man can do whatever he wants and I think there’s a good chance he’ll make a more mature story with more nuanced characters next time around. I’m thinking the story and characters in the first movie were intentionally streamlined so audiences had an anchor. After all there was a more complicated script with more characters at one time.

  • CanIHaveASlice?

    Avatar was pretty to look at it, no one can deny that. The script was thin, and during my 2nd viewing I realized just how little I cared for the people and inhabitants of Pandora. If these sequels are a continuation of the Jake Sully story, I’m not too excited.

  • Albert

    While Avatar was a fun and great movie, I truly don’t feel that is necessary to have so many sequels. I’m sure he will make great movies but I just feel that Cameron has so much talent that should put to use into different projects. Maybe he should do Avatar 2 and that’s it.

    I just want to feel excited again when he would announce a totally new project and everyone would be excited to see what it was going to be like.
    Now it’s just gonna be Avatar for god-knows how many years.

  • Underground Anthem TX

    Remember guys: Cameron made two of the most influential sequels in cinematic history.

    Let’s see what he comes up with before declaring it crap.

  • gimpsuit

    Well, with the mocap tech, he could ‘film’ 10 sequels in a reletive short period of time, as long as they knew what the story/script was, then spend the next 10 years rendering the FX on the mocapped performances and pumping them out each year.
    But that shit don’t matter cause it’s Cameron and haters gotta hate because TDKR is about to open and dissapoint everyone (not that they’ll ever admit it)

  • Richard Stafursky

    I hope Cameron give more screen time to the SPECIES FOREST . . . you know that interconnected life network that thinks as one. Cameron really helped us to understand that species forest that exist all around us in real life. Our species forests are occupied by all the other species that grow, climb, lurk, slither, hop, scamper, fly, glide, swim and “squat in the mud.” It is their forest.

  • Chris138

    I’d rather see Cameron do something else with his time. If this is really what he wants to do let’s hope he improves upon the first one because I still think it’s his weakest film to date. And no, I’m not counting that Piranha movie he did because he got fired midway through filming. The Terminator is where his career begins to me.

  • UziGunner

    I doubt all of these films will happen, i really hope they don’t

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  • Georgs Mucas

    cameron isn’t gonna come with some filmy Avatar sequel. He is gonna make it WAY more bad ass. We’re talking about a movie about Aliens, Mechs and the ability to transfer consciousness. Plus he’ll no longer strictly stick to what so many of you have dubbed “the pocahontas story” which is just an archetypal story by the way. he’s gonna blow everyone away as he always does. he’ll settle for nothing less. i can’t believe anyone doubts this.

  • Jobertson

    If you don’t like it don’t watch it, simple as that. Shut the f up already.

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  • William R. Cousert

    People never really die in these movies.

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