Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
First Promo For The Night Before
Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get Christ-messy
Exclusive Look At Empire's Amy Schumer Photoshoot
The Trainwreck star hits the silver screen
New Trailer For Ricki And The Flash
Meryl Streep rocks while her family rolls
Diane Keaton Joins The Young Pope
She'll star alongside Jude Law in the TV series
Exclusive New Look At Sanjay’s Super Team
And Pixar director Sanjay Patel talks about his new short
Exclusive: Three New Batman V Superman Pics
Empire offers a fresh look at Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor
Empire Debuts New Deadpool Images
Wade Wilson prepares to break your firewall too
Rachel McAdams In Early Talks For Marvel's Doctor Strange
She's considering a lead role
Richard Linklater Considering The Rosie Project
He may direct Jennifer Lawrence in the book adaptation
Bret McKenzie Writing Bob: The Musical's Songs
Tom Cruise still circling the lead and Michael Chabon may script it
Morgan Freeman Heads Down To A Sunless Sea
He's signed up for some more action
Lori Evans Taylor Given Bed Rest
Horror spec script snapped up by MGM
The Vicious Brothers Directing Horror Pic Temple
From a script by The Guest's Simon Barrett
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
08 June 2015
James Cameron Talks Terminator Genisys
'It’s respectful of the first two films. Then suddenly it swerves...'
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Terminator (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Side By Side (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Titanic 3D (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Avatar Special Edition (2010)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

James Cameron Talks The Avatar Sequels
'It's a family saga like The Godfather....'

17 December 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Work is proceeding apace on the Avatar sequels, especially now that James Cameron has hired a team of writers to work with him on the second, third and fourth trips to Pandora. He’s just opened up to the Associated Press (spotted via The Hollywood Reporter) about what we can all expect. There’s nothing particularly revelatory here, but Cameron seems enthused for the future, at least.

"At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary," the director told the Associated Press. "I mean, the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasyland that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it."

But if you thought it was all going to be diving into the moon’s oceans, it appears Cameron has other ideas. Perhaps he’s sick of sea missions after all that diving? "There's a fair bit of underwater stuff. It's been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That's not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films."

As for the story of the new films, especially given that the first Avatar was criticised for its less-than-revelatory plot, "It’s really the story of Jake Sully’s family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like The Godfather." Careful with the comparisons there, chief.

One final bit of Avatar news: like the original film, the sequels will be shot in New Zealand thanks to a new tax deal from the country, and Cameron plans to relocate his family to work on at least the production of the new films there. He and Peter Jackson will be divvying up the filmmaking talent to make sure they both have enough crew to work on their various projects. The Avatar sequels are now expected for late 2016, 2017 and 2018.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Netflix Nabs Better Call Saul
It'll air the Breaking Bad spin-off outside the US
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

Sven Hansen-Løve Talks Eden
The house DJ on France’s answer to 24 Hour Party People

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

David O. Russell Talks Through First Joy Trailer
The writer/director breaks down the Jennifer Lawrence Oscar hopeful

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)