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It’s no secret that parts of James Cameron‘s Avatar sequels will take place underwater. The Oscar-winning filmmaker has been open about this, as has his producer Jon Landau. It’s an environment Cameron’s comfortable with, as we’ve seen not only through Titanic, but through his IMAX documentaries and personal exploration trips.

Setting Avatar 2 underwater poses many issues, however. One big hurdle is the need for Cameron’s fully performance-captured characters to interact in that environment. Well, at a recent conference, Landau revealed they’re currently testing technology to do full performance capture underwater. This would be a huge leap ahead in technology that’s been evolving from Lord of the Rings to Avatar and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Read his quotes and more below. Read More »

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What’s the timeline for production on James Cameron‘s next film (or next two films) in the Avatar storyline? At this point, despite hopes loosely being pinned on the films shooting this year, Cameron is still only in the scripting stage, and so it seems like the next trip to Pandora is unlikely to take off until 2015 at the very earliest.

Last time we heard anything from the director on the prospect of Avatar sequels, he was hoping to be done writing by the end of February. But we’re nearly at the end of March, and his latest comments make it sound like he’s got a long way to go yet. If only there were some existing books to base the films on. Read More »

Depending on your level of Avatar fandom, the delay between the first film and its eventual sequels could be construed as a blessing or a curse. On the one hand, James Cameron has certainly taken his time writing the two films, meaning we may not see the first one until 2015 at the earliest. That’s a six year gap from the original. However, he’s taking his time because he doesn’t want to rush out an inferior product, so hopefully Avatar 2 and 3 will be worth the wait.

The writer/director attended this week’s New Zealand premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and gave an update on the highly anticipated films. Cameron plans on finishing the screenplays by February and hopes to start filming (possibly in High Frame Rate) in late 2013. Read his quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

We recently learned that the (at this point, purely theoretical) fourth Avatar movie would be a prequel, and that Battle Angel would be a few years off. But what of the two confirmed Avatar sequels? With both films scheduled to enter pre-production in January 2013 and Avatar 2 eyeing a 2015 release, James Cameron says he’s about to burrow into his “top secret writing cave” to finish the two scripts by the end of this year — and that one of his challenges will be avoiding what he calls “the Matrix 2” problem.

After the jump, read Cameron’s comments on what he has planned for the sequels. Plus, find out what Pixar and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird thinks of Cameron’s plans.

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One major sequel is about to go into production, another one has been moved, and there are a few other minor notes in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:

  • Legendary Entertainment has released a logo for The Hangover Part III.
  • Actress Lin Shaye said she’d really like to come back for Insidious 2.
  • James Cameron‘s Avatar 2 will not be released until 2015, at the earliest
  • Talks of Avatar 4 are premature but haven’t been ruled out.
  • The Broken Lizard guys say they’ve handed in a script to Super Troopers 2 and it’s likely to happen. Potfest might happen too.

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James Cameron has never been one to half-ass things. So if he really is only making Avatar movies (uh, plus Battle Angel Alita) from here on out, I suppose it makes sense that he’d dive right in by making three at once. The filmmaker has already indicated that he’s thinking of making three Avatar sequels instead of two as originally planned, and now star Sigourney Weaver has confirmed that not only will there be three more Avatars, they’re planning to shoot them back-to-back-to-back. Read her comments after the jump.

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In the years since the original release of Titanic, James Cameron developed a few different film projects, one of which became Avatar, a few of which (like Battle Angel) were postponed, and a couple that he produced for other directors. He also developed a strong interest in documentary filmmaking, and has chronicled his interest in underwater exploration through a series of films.

Now, the director says that his days of developing other films, whether for himself or another director, are all but over. From now on, Cameron sees himself dedicated only to the Avatar series and his documentary work. Everything else — presumably including Battle Angel, though that project was not mentioned specifically — will be left by the wayside. We’ll see a couple of Avatar sequels, and perhaps even Avatar 4, eventually, but that might be it. Read More »

If you were hoping to see more Star Trek: The Original Series stars in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2, George Takei says you’re out of luck. If you’ve been waiting to see Emma Thompson step back into her Oscar-nominated role from In the Name of the Father as real-life human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, on the other hand, things are looking up. After the jump:

  • Luke Wilson isn’t sure he’ll be back for Anchorman 2
  • … but he wouldn’t mind another Old School
  • A new behind-the-scenes video from Skyfall drops
  • Producer Jon Landau talks Avatars 2 and 3, briefly
  • Emma Thompson will reprise her role as Gareth Peirce
  • George Takei says not to expect TOS cameos in Star Trek 2
  • Another new Men in Black 3 television spot

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