Last week, James Cameron had confirmed at CinemaCon (A convention for filmmakers, producers and exhibitors) that he was making four sequels for Avatar, with Avatar 2 aimed at release for Christmas 2018, and subsequent sequels in 2020, 2022, and 2023.
Do we know how does he intend to produce them all? Its going to be 8 hours of sequels, shot at a stretch. Perplexed?, don’t worry read further.
‘It’s not back-to-back. It’s really all one big production. It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all [the films] simultaneously. So Monday I might be doing a scene from Movie Four, and Tuesday I’m doing a scene from Movie One. We’re working across, essentially, eight hours of story. It’s going to be a big challenge to keep it all fixed in our minds, exactly where we are, across that story arc at any given point. It’s going to be probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I’m sure the actors will be challenged by that as well. It’s like, ‘No, no, no, no, this person hasn’t died yet, so you’re still in this phase of your life.’ It’s a saga. It’s like doing all three ‘Godfather‘ films at the same time.’, says James Cameron.
‘My original plan was to release them a year apart, but we’re opening that up. If for no other reason than that I don’t want to land on the same date as one of the ‘Star Wars’ sequels. That wouldn’t be fair to them. [Laughs] No, that’s just good business. I don’t want to go head-to-head with ‘Star Wars.’ That would be stupid. And hopefully they won’t want to go head-to-head with us.’, adds James Cameron.
What it means for fans is that Avatar has become a saga!
James Cameron’s audacious goal of making all the four sequels of Avatar, simultaneously has eventually begun!
Compiled by: BT, Film Theorist.
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