James Cameron has assured fans that his Avatar sequels are still moving forward.
It’s been a while since any news has surfaced about the Titanic director’s follow-up to the box 2009 office smash. Although reports have been few and far between, the filmmaker said the projects are far from dead.
James Cameron revealed during a recent interview with Play Goes Fast that writing is very much underway on the Avatar sequels.
“I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, ‘You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third Lord of the Rings. I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it,” the director explained.
He added, “I’m deep into it and I’m living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it’s coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That’s when it gets fun. The characters talk and it’s writing itself. I’m almost there right now. It’s building fast.”
Since bringing the world of Pandora to life is an expensive venture, Cameron is asking the folks at 20th Century Fox to part with a significant sum of money. The Avatar sequels will reportedly cost the studio upwards of $400 million.
Cameron said last year that he is currently devoting all of his time and energy to the Avatar projects. The director said he essentially shut down the development division of his production company since he doesn’t have time for anything else.
“So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the ‘Avatar’ business. Period. That’s it. I’m making ‘Avatar 2,’ ‘Avatar 3,’ maybe ‘Avatar 4,’ and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts,” said in an interview with the New York Times.
While most studios would push hard to get the sequels into theaters as soon as possible, Cameron is known to move at his own pace. The filmmaker spends years developing a project before it ever goes in front of the camera.
The 2009 science fiction flick Avatar earned quite a bit of money at the domestic box office. The film generated around $760 million by the time it left theaters. On a global scale, Avatar collected an impressive $2.7 billion.
Are you a fan of James Cameron’s Avatar? Are you looking forward to the sequel?