The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida (and soon Hollywood, CA) has upped the ante for what a movie themed theme park can be and they’re not stopping there. According to reports, actors from the Harry Potter franchise have been asked to reprise their roles from the films to shoot new footage for the currently under construction Wizarding World expansion in Florida.

Not to be outdone, Walt Disney World has begun work on Avatar Land, based on the James Cameron film. Not only did some blueprints leak in the last few weeks, now an image has surfaced showing the filmmaker working with Disney Imagineers. Check out info on both these theme part bits below. Read More »

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The day a movie turns a profit, the vultures come out to pick. More often than not when a movie becomes a hit, people accuse the filmmakers of stealing their ideas and sue them for a taste of the profits. A recent example is the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar. Writer director James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment are reportedly fighting multiple lawsuits concerning the film, one in particular from a man named Gerald Morawski who accuses Cameron of stealing his pitch about a war between a native tribe and a mining company.

To combat this lawsuit, the filmmaker wrote a 45-page text for the court, nearly a small autobiography, detailing all the points in his life where Avatar began to blossom into an idea. They date back to his childhood. One of the biggest examples, though, is a short film he created in 1978 called Xenogenesis, which Cameron says in the document, contains material that “may be used in the Avatar sequels.” What could that mean? Watch the film yourself and discuss below. Read More »

When last we left the complicated development of an Avatar theme park at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, James Cameron wasn’t happy. Rumors circulated that he and the Imagineers weren’t seeing eye to eye and, as a result, the park might be delayed. Bad news for fans of Cameron, Pandora and Disney.

Now onto the good news. New rumors have begun circulating that Cameron has finally signed off on Disney’s plans and things are once again full steam ahead. So what’s in the plans? A pair of blueprints for the park’s layout have leaked that reveal two possible rides: a 3D simulator and some kind of water ride. Check out the images below. 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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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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Residents of Bakersfield, CA might have felt like they were either in a future season of Game of Thrones or transported to Pandora recently as a huge, flying dragon was spotted in the skies at a local air field. The dragon is a prototype owned and designed by Disney and is something the Imagineers have reportedly been working on for years.

Disney blogs are speculating what, exactly, this contraption could be for and the two best bets are either an attraction for the in-development Avatar Land at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL or possibly something to do with the under construction Disneyland in Shanghai. Check out the images and decide for yourself. Read More »

Everyone has something to say in today’s Sequel Bits, whether it’s Star Trek 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman on the magneticism of Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Englund on Freddy Krueger’s backstory, or Frank Spotnitz on the possibility of another X-Files movie. Also after the jump:

  • Details on the new (in-canon) video game sequel to Aliens
  • James Cameron and Jon Landau have big plans for the Avatar franchise
  • The MPAA stamps Piranha 3DD with a well deserved R rating

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James Cameron is planning to shoot two sequels to Avatar back-to-back, and in the two and a half years since the release of the first film, we’ve learned a few things about plans for those two new movies. The most important thing is arguably the release date. Fox announced Avatar 2 (which may not be the final title) for December 2014, with the third film to follow in 2015. But as we’re already well into 2012 and we know the sequel doesn’t have a cast or green light, that 2014 date has been seeming less likely.

Indeed, at a Titanic 3D screening early this year, Cameron’s long-time producer Jon Landau said that the first Avatar sequel is likely four years away. Now, in a new interview promoting Titanic 3D, he offers a little more about the Avatar sequel, saying that 2014 doesn’t look likely, but that things are underway. Read More »

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