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 »

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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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In the coming weeks, James Cameron will likely be making the press rounds to talk about Titanic 3D and, at that time, hopefully we’ll get our first significant Avatar 2 update since last Fall. The director has reportedly been writing the film and its sequel, while simultaneously perfecting the 3D on his Best Picture winner. So there really hasn’t been much Avatar news to report. There was a rumor the films could be delayed and recently, news broke that the director would be relocating to New Zealand where the films will likely shoot. But that’s about it.

So instead we turn to the film’s stars, specifically one actress who is no stranger to sequel talkSigourney Weaver. She’s already suggested her deceased character will be back in the sequels and, in a new interview, hinted that Cameron needs a new submarine to go underwater for scenes in the follow-ups to the highest grossing movie of all time. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Apparently, one of the most essential qualities of an Avatar fan is patience — Avatar 2 isn’t hitting theaters until 2014, and Disney World’s Avatar-land won’t open until years after that. But in the meantime, we have a couple of tidbits on what to expect from the future of the franchise. Director James Cameron recently offered some hints as to what Avatar 2 might look like, and went for a walk around Disney’s Animal Kingdom to explore the future site of the Avatar attraction. More details after the jump.

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