James Cameron Says the AVATAR Sequels Will Be “Bitchin”; Reveals Peter Jackson Suggested Famous Line from the First Film

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James Cameron is hard at work developing his Avatar sequels, and the only way they can be described is by bringing back long-dead slang terms.  With a December 2016 release date officially set for Avatar 2, Cameron is currently getting ready to begin production on the three sequels back-to-back-to-back, and when asked by Empire about the storylines, Cameron, laughing, said he could reveal one thing: “They’re gonna be bitchin.’  You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”  Dear Fox, please print this on the poster.  Your marketing job will be half over!

The filmmaker certainly took his time in crafting the follow-ups to the highest grossing film of all time, and when it came to writing the screenplays he broke the stories with a team of writers and then assigned each of them one specific film.  In the recent edition of Empire, Cameron elaborates a bit on this writing process and reveals that the films will be shot in 48 FPS instead of 60.  Moreover, the director lets slip that one of the most quoted lines from Avatar actually came from Peter Jackson.  Read on after the jump.

AVATAR Sequels Will Allow James Cameron to Express His Thoughts on the State of the World

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We’re getting more Avatar in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so a few months of no Avatar talk is no big deal, but if Avatar 2 really is going into production later this year as James Cameron said about a year ago or even in early 2015 as Zoe Saldana recently suggested, news is bound to start picking up.

The last update came in early June and revealed that Sigourney Weaver was set to return for all three new films and now Cameron is speaking up about the timeline of those films and about his confidence in the stories that they’ll tell.  Hit the jump for more on the Avatar sequels.

AVATAR Sequels to Star Sigourney Weaver as New Character

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20th Century Fox and writer-director James Cameron have confirmed that star Sigourney Weaver will return for the three planned Avatar sequels.  In the original 2009 blockbuster, Weaver played scientist Grace Augustine, who spent much of her screen time in the guise of her Na’vi body before undergoing a one-way physical transformation at the movie’s end.  Cameron confirms that Weaver will rejoin returning cast members Sam WorthingtonZoë Saldana and Stephen Lang in the sequels, the first of which plans to start production later this year, but kept the details of her new character close to the vest.  Hit the jump for more.

James Cameron on Writing the Three AVATAR Sequels Back-to-Back-to-Back

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Last night at the Hero Complex Film Festival, filmmaker James Cameron was on hand to discuss his seminal action/sci-fi masterpieces The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The course of conversation took a turn though to Cameron’s new hopefully equally seminal-in-the-making action/sci-fi trilogy: Avatar. Cameron hired three writers to collaborate on each of the three upcoming sequels (Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno), in an effort to get all the films ready to be shot back-to-back-to-back later this year. Last night, Cameron delved into the process behind writing these three sequels simultaneously. For Cameron’s revealing thoughts on the matter and how television gave him the idea in the first place, hit the jump.

James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels, His Plan for ALIEN 5, PROMETHEUS, the TERMINATOR Reboot, BATTLE ANGEL, CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, and More

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Though filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are widely considered some of the most popular directors of all time, James Cameron has the distinct honor of directing the two highest grossing films ever made in addition to helming films in two other incredibly successful (and ongoing) franchises.  Fans had to wait over a decade for the follow-up to Cameron’s mega-hit Titanic, the performance-capture-heavy Avatar, and we’re currently in another waiting stage as we prepare for the long-promised Avatar sequels.

Cameron is deep in pre-production on Avatar 2, 3, and 4 right now with production set to get underway on all three films simultaneously later this year, but he recently took some time out of his schedule to participate in a fascinating and characteristically candid Reddit AMA in support of his upcoming Showtime docu-series Years of Living Dangerously.  In the lengthy AMA, the director discussed the status of the Avatar sequels, his initial plan for Alien 5, his thoughts on Prometheus and the Terminator reboot, the status of Battle Angel, what he thought about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and even his South Park “appearance”.  We’ve compiled some of the more interesting highlights after the jump.

James Cameron Gives Update on AVATAR Sequels; Still Deciding How Much of the Film to Shoot in High Frame Rate

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In the ensuing years since the release of Avatar—the highest grossing film of all time—we’ve been privy to plenty of “updates” on the status of the sequels from folks tied to the production, and director James Cameron has now offered up yet another.  As Fox has now finally set December 2016, 2017, and 2018 release dates for the three upcoming Avatar sequels, this update comes backed by the fact that the films are really, truly, actually coming, and Cameron seems to be in a solid place with regards to planning.  The filmmaker says they’re developing the software while he works on the scripts and designs all the new creatures and environments, and he added that he hasn’t decided whether he will shoot all or just some of the film in High Frame Rate like Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.  Hit the jump to read on.

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana Officially Set for AVATAR 2, 3, and 4

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Though there wasn’t really any concern about them not coming back, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have now officially solidified their deals to star in all three of the upcoming Avatar sequels.  Heat Vision confirms that Worthington and Saldana will be reprising their roles as Jake Sully and Neytiri, and while plot details for this trio of films are under wraps, the report notes that Sully and Neytiri will have children.  The first actor to sign on for all three films was Stephen Lang, and the announcement of his casting took away any stakes we had with regards to his character surviving or dying in the next two movies.

Director James Cameron is co-writing Avatar 2, 3, and 4 with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno, respectively.  We know that filming will take place entirely in New Zealand, and Cameron plans on shooting all three pics at once when production gets underway later this year.  Avatar 2 is finally slated for release December 2016, with the other two films following in December 2017 and 2018.

James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels; Says They Will Be a Family Saga Like THE GODFATHER

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Last night, we reported that James Cameron would shoot all three Avatar sequels over the course of nine months in New Zealand.  Today, he’s provided some new information about the plot for the upcoming trilogy.  Story details have been scarce, especially since the sequels were expanded to three movies as opposed to just two.  When it was just Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, the sequels were reportedly about wrapping up the relationship between Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).  While that may still be part of the plan even with another film in the mix, Cameron has revealed some lofty aspirations for how he plans to explore Pandora and expand Jake’s story.

Hit the jump for more.  Filming is expected to begin in October 2014.  The Avatar sequels will come out at the pace of one film every December starting in December 2016.

All Three AVATAR Sequels Will Be Filmed in New Zealand

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New Zealand’s small army of proficient film crews have been working on The Hobbit, and now it appears they’ll have another mammoth trilogy to tackle.  James Cameron has issued a statement that he plans to shoot Avatar 2, Avatar 3, and Avatar 4 in New Zealand.  According to The Wrap, the three sequels will be shot at the same time, and “perhaps over a period of about nine months.”  Obviously, this is great news for the small country as Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said in a statement, “The Avatar sequels will provide hundreds of jobs and thousands of hours of work directly in the screen sector as well as jobs right across the economy.”

Of course, this works to 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment’s benefit as well.  The Wrap reports, “New Zealand’s government has agreed to a 25 percent financial rebate, up from the current 15 percent,” and Cameron expects the budget on all three sequels to come in beneath $1 billion, which is surprising when you consider that the first film was reported to have cost $500 million.  Avatar 2 is set for December 2016 followed by Avatar 3 in December 2017 and then Avatar 4 in December 2018.

Gigantic Arrows Can’t Keep Stephen Lang Down; Set to Return for AVATAR Sequels

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Stephen Lang‘s performance as Colonel Quaritch was one of the best things about Avatar.  Of course, like most villains in standard adventure movies, he met his demise in a grandiose fashion.  In this case, it was taking three huge arrows to the chest after losing a mech battle to Jake Sully (Sam Worthington).  But for director James Cameron, such a brutal death shouldn’t mean the end of the delightful character.

Hit the jump for more.  Avatar 2 will begin filming this October for December 2016 (set your calendars now!) with two more sequels to follow.

Sam Worthington Says Production on AVATAR Sequels Begins October 2014

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Director James Cameron has been promising follow-ups to his 2009 film Avatar since shortly after the first pic entered theaters and started breaking box office records.  In true Cameron fashion, the filmmaker has taken his time in crafting the sequels.  We finally got a (hopefully) firm timetable earlier this year, when 20th Century Fox announced that the Avatar trilogy had been expanded to three sequels, with Avatar 2 opening in theaters December 2016.  Now Sam Worthington has provided yet another update on when filming might begin, offering a few other details in the process.  Hit the jump for more.

Watch: James Cameron Introduces Disney World Attraction AVATAR LAND

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While we await the long-promised sequels to Avatar, Disney and James Cameron are ready to unveil a first look at the new Disney World theme land Avatar Land.  Concept art and a teaser video for the Animal Kingdom addition were unveiled at the D23 Expo in Tokyo over the weekend, offering fans a preview of the Avatar-inspired attraction that will open at Walt Disney World in 2017.  This will be largest expansion in the history of Disney World, as Avatar Land will boast rides, entertainment experiences, nighttime attractions, floating lanterns, and presumably cat people.

Cameron is currently hard at work prepping three Avatar sequels, the first of which will be released in December 2016.  The director will shoot all three film simultaneously next year.  For now, hit the jump to watch a video preview of Avatar Land introduced by Cameron himself, followed by concept images of the theme park attraction.

Cinemath: Adjusting Box Office for Inflation and the Problem with Comparing GONE WITH THE WIND to STAR WARS to THE AVENGERS

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The New York Times Best Seller list is based on the number of books sold.  Television ratings report how many people watched the program.  Broadway World posts the number of seats sold for each show each week alongside the gross.  Hell, you can see how many tickets each movie sold in Japan and France, yet in the domestic market (U.S. and Canada), we only get box office grosses.  Box office is a measure of profitability, not popularity.  Box office says the New Yorker who buys a $20 ticket for an IMAX 3D showing at the AMC Empire 25 is four times as important as the Illinoisian who buys a $5 ticket for a Sunday matinee at the AMC Mt Vernon 8.  Let the accountants worry about revenue—I only care about how many people saw the thing.

Eventually I’d like to find a better way to rank the highest-grossing movies of all time, but this edition of Cinemath will start where most other box office statisticians do: adjust for ticket price inflation.  More after the jump.

Rumor: Arnold Schwarzenegger to Play the Villain in AVATAR 2

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The Avatar series recently expanded to a quadrilogy plus four novels.  First things first: Avatar 2 is scheduled for December 2016, but it’s never too early to throw ourselves headfirst into the gray ether of the rumor mill.  Sources tell Latino Review that Arnold Schwarzenegger will play a “bad guy human general.”  It makes enough sense.  Schwarzenegger and Cameron made TerminatorTerminator 2,  and True Lies together, and could be looking to reunite.  The evil military man follows from Stephen Lang‘s villain in the first movie, Colonel Quaritch.  Schwarzenegger’s may be the right actor to portray the escalating human threat.

Yet it feels like a stretch.  Cameron built an immersive fantasy universe in Avatar free from distracting big-name stars (all due respect to Sigourney Weaver).  Casting Schwarzenegger takes the sequels in a different direction.  I trust Cameron, so if he wants to cast Schwarzenegger, I can’t wait to see how he does it.  In three years.  We’ll keep you busy with plenty more rumors in the next 39 months.  Hit the jump for more on the sequels.

James Cameron to Expand AVATAR Universe with Four Sci-Fi Novels from Author Steven Charles Gould

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Those of you who love James Cameron’s exotic world of Avatar will be happy to hear that, in addition to the three planned sequels, four new novels are also in the works.  Teaming up with sci-fi author Steven Charles Gould (Jumper), Cameron plans to expand the world of Avatar not only in his films, but in these companion novels as well.  Few details are available at the moment, but we’ll certainly hear more about both forms of media over the coming years, with the movie sequels set to come out in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Cameron is currently writing the screenplays for the films, along with Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages, Salinger).  Hit the jump for the full press release.

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