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James Cameron has never been one to set the bar low. When his last two films were released, each was most expensive movies ever made and became the highest grossing films ever. Avatar remains on the top of the list by a wide margin, followed up by the other recent Cameron film, Titanic. But that’s not all. Cameron has reached similar heights making the first $100 million film in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, groundbreaking effects in The Abyss, and of course the technical advancements in Avatar which set the stage for much of what’s happening in special effects today.

For his next trick, Cameron is going to film the three sequels to Avatar, set for release in December 2016-2018, simultaneously. It’s a huge task but, if you are to believe Cameron, he thinks they’re going to be pretty great. In fact, he thinks they may induce bodily fluids. Read his exact quote, along with the final answer on the discussion of frame rate, below. Read More »

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Avatar 120 fps

Unlike some of his esteemed colleagues, James Cameron has never shied away from new technology. He’s been a proponent of 4K resolution and higher frame rates for years. In fact, he’s been telling people he wanted to shoot his Avatar sequels in 60 FPS since 2011 — before Peter Jackson’s 48 FPS Hobbit even hit theaters.

Now it seems Cameron may go even further than that. Douglas Trumbull says Cameron’s Avatar producer Jon Landau is interested in his MAGI process, which captures and displays images at 120 frames per second in 4K and 3D. Hit the jump for more details.

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Avatar sequels

We’re back in a familiar part of a cycle with respect to James Cameron and his films, where, in the long and seemingly fallow period between movies, people tend to question the wisdom of his next move. It happened before Titanic, and before Avatar. We know how both of those films turned out, at least from the perspective of business and cultural impact. But we still wonder about the value of making not one, but three Avatar sequels.

Cameron and Fox have been developing the movies for a while, and will soon start in earnest on production, with the first film scheduled for release in late 2016. And to hear the writer/director tell it, Avatar is the vehicle through which he can express all his artistic ideas going forward. Read More »

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Keep the lights on, because today’s edition of Sequel Bits is unusually horror-heavy. After the jump:

  • Karl Urban wants to do Star Trek for 25 more years
  • Avatar 2 is probably going to shoot in early 2015
  • Transformers 4 is now the 18th biggest film ever
  • Mark Duplass wants to make Creep 2 and 3 right away
  • Tremors 5 finally has a director and a star
  • Hey, Chicagoans: Sinister 2 is looking for extras
  • ABCs of Death 2 is arriving just in time for Halloween
  • Leprechaun: Origins is coming to theaters after all
  • … and so is Sharknado 2: The Second One!
  • Jarhead 2: Field of Fire not only exists, it has a trailer

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Ever wondered how one might bottle the sweet scent of a Sharknado? Tara Reid has the answer with her new fragrance, Shark By Tara. Really. Also after the jump:

  • Simon Pegg reveals where and when M:I 5 will shoot
  • Zoe Saldana talks a tiny bit about the Avatar sequels
  • Also, Zoe Saldana hopes Spock and Uhura don’t break up
  • The new Texas Chainsaw will follow Leatherface’s teen years
  • Paranormal Activity 5 may be coming in 2015, not 2016
  • Lorde will curate the Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack
  • Iggy Azalea will have a cameo in Fast & Furious 7
  • William Shatner might make an appearance in Ted 2

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The Expendables 3

Just because Comic-Con is happening doesn’t mean the world of sequels have stopped turning. After the jump:

  • Zoe Saldana pleads ignorance about Trek 3 and Avatar 2
  • Roberto Orci teases some new discoveries in Star Trek 3
  • Zachary Quinto wants to direct, but not a Star Trek movie
  • CBS Films plots another trip to Last Vegas… in Brooklyn
  • Universal saves the date for The Best Man Wedding
  • Focus Features sets a release date for Sinister 2
  • Flip through some colorful new posters for Expendables 3
  • A Pitch Perfect 2 set photo hints at a Bellas slumber party

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Avatar

James Cameron can’t write all three Avatar sequels alone. And he especially can’t write them alone at the same time. That’s why he enlisted the help of four writersRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. The five of them sat in a room for five months, eight hours a day, breaking down the stories for each sequel. It wasn’t until the end of the process that Cameron finally assigned each writer (or team) a film. In that process, it seems the breakdown of who is writing which sequel was misreported in the press. In a new New York Times article, it’s been corrected. Read about the Avatar sequel writers below. Read More »

Sigourney Weaver Avatar 2

Sigourney Weaver is officially heading back to Pandora. The Avatar actress has just been set for all three upcoming sequels, joining Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, and Stephen Lang.

At this point, moviegoers who saw the first Avatar (so, all of them) may be wondering how Weaver intends to return when her character, Grace, died in the first film. As it turns out, that isn’t an issue at all because Weaver isn’t playing Grace this time around. Hit the jump for details.

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