James Cameron, the director of blockbuster hits like Avatar and Titanic, has been quiet about his planned Avatar installments, but he let a few tidbits out during his Reddit AMA chat.
During a Reddit AMA chat celebrities, directors, and anyone of cultural prominence throws caution to the wind while opening themselves up to a very candid Q&A session basically with the whole internet. While some people don’t know what they’re in for (Bill Murray, we’re looking at you) others like James Cameron, really embrace it.
According to the director, the scripts for the Avatar installments will impressively be finished within the next six weeks.
“The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They’re essentially all in pre-production now because we are designing creatures, settings and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.”
Cameron continued to discuss Avatar as he began to delve into the pressures that’s on him as a director to earn the same reception Avatar had with the following sequels.
“There’s always pressure, whether it’s a new film or whether it’s a sequel, to entertain and amaze an audience. I’ve felt that pressure my entire career, so there’s nothing new there. The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable. There hasn’t been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie.”
Even though in the past Cameron has been very adamant about only focusing on the Avatar films for the next few years, that doesn’t mean the director wasn’t opened to answering other fan related questions. At one point he dished on his leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, who was catapulted into a bonafide celebrity after James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic.
Of Leonardo DiCaprio’s star status, the director said:
“I think Leonardo, when I cast him in Titanic, he was well on his way. I think I helped him skip a rung or two on the ladder maybe, but he certainly would have gotten there on his own because he’s one of the most talented actors of his generation. Do I still talk to him? Yes, occasionally. We’re friendly but we’re not close friends.”
As for additional Avatar “secrets” in December James Cameron detailed the new scope he’s working the already established characters into.
“It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We’re blowing it out all over the place. 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. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.”
As we previously reported, the next Avatar sequel will see the light of day in 2016.
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