James Cameron has said that his two upcoming Avatar sequels could be released by Christmas 2014 and 2015.
Earlier this week Ain’t It Cool News reported that the director said, “Yes, there’ll be another.” And just before ‘Avatar’ came out, director James Cameron told MTV that he has a larger story in mind for the movie’s universe.
We’ll follow Jake and Neytiri. I have a trilogy-scaled arc of story right now, but I haven’t really put any serious work into writing a script.”
Cameron has confirmed intention to roll his mega-hit ‘Avatar’ into a trilogy. According to him, those two sequels have release dates. Cameron tells EW
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.”
Cameron proceeded to say that both installments would feature the same characters introduced in the first film.
From the time we capture and finish the capture, it’s literally nine to 10 months to get the CG characters working, to get their facial musculature working. … So now we have Jake, we have Neytiri. Sam can step right back into it, the characters will fit them like a glove, and we’ll just go on. So a lot of the start-up torque that had to be done for one movie really makes more sense if you play it out across several films”.
While the 56-year-old did not reveal too many plot details for the ‘Avatar’ sequels, he did confirm that characters such as Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), should be expected to make come back.
And while Cameron’s story may change from the first to the second and third films, it seems his purpose behind the project has stayed firmly.
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.”
The original ‘Avatar’ grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. One thing’s for sure: some percentage of the immense ‘Avatar’ sequel gross will go to charity.
How do you think the rest of the trilogy could play out?