Having amassed quite a staggering sum of money upon its release in 2009, Avatar was always destined to become a huge franchise. James Cameron even remarked just a few short months ago that he would be making Avatar movies for the rest of his career.
However, this plan seems to have been curtailed by producer Jon Landau, who has now remarked that there’ll only be a second and third instalment of the series, which will be filmed back to back.
“We (are) doing two back-to-back, but not a third,” Landau remarked regarding the films.”The scripts are pretty far along. We have a team of people already working on the film at Manhattan Beach Studios. We’ve been working with WETA Digital on technologies.”
Landau is busy promoting the September 10 release of Titanic on both a 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and as a four-disc 3D edition, both of which are stacked with bonus footage.
“You know, Titanic was supposed to be a summer movie and it was a Christmas movie. We’re going to make the best possible version of these movies, and they will come out when they are exactly that.”
And it seems like Cameron is also preparing to return to his previous directorial efforts and spice them up with a 3D enhancement.
“I think Jim really feels that the 3D enhances the storytelling process,” continued Landau. “And I think both of those movies would be ideal candidates to do this with.”
Out of Landau’s five production credits, two of his films turned out to be the most profitable movies ever produced, so it’s safe to say that he knows what American audiences are after.