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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Where would James Cameron be without a new technological crusade? And where would cinema be without his techie goals? The director was at the forefront of the adoption of digital effects, and that worked out pretty well for movies. He was the standard-bearer in the new push for 3D, and that hasn’t been such a great thing so far.

Now Cameron’s Quest (coming soon from Sierra) is to push the film industry to use higher frame rates than 24 frames per second. 24fps is hardly a universal standard; you’ll find systems using 30 to 60fps (interlaced and progressive) in common usage today. But because higher frame rates can help produce clearer 3D, Cameron wants to see digital cinema projectors enabled for higher frame rates. Ah, it’s really two quests in one! Read More »

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