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Briefly: We often get a bit suspicious when actors announce filming dates, but in the case of Avatar and Sam Worthington, he might know what’s really up. On an interview with Australian radio station Nova 96.9, he said that James Cameron will shoot Avatar 2 starting in October 2014. More specifically, he said, ”we are going to start this time next year and we will do two, three and four. I’ll be grateful if it finishes.”

Quotes are going around saying that “the second, third and fourth films will be filmed in their entirety within a year of the beginning of the production.” I haven’t heard Worthington’s interview or seen direct quotes to that effect (that one is a paraphrase that is being passed around) but that does seem like a logical step. It’s been four years since the release of Avatar, and the second through fourth films are slated for each December from 2016 to 2018.

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'Avatar Land' at DisneyWorld's Animal Kingdom

Update: Disney has revealed a 2017 projected opening date for the land. All three Avatar sequels are scheduled to begin shooting next year simultaneously, and the announced release date for Avatar 2 is currently December 2016. So it looks like the new land will be ready to promote the third and fourth films, and possibly the home video release of the sequel.

Update #2: A video is now available featuring James Cameron, who describes the creation of Avatar Land. Watch it at the bottom of the post below.

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Even if audiences didn’t flock to see Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand, they might be a lot more interested to see Schwarzenegger re-team with the guy who helped define him as an action star.

And so we have a new report that Arnie will be the bad guy in Avatar 2 for director James Cameron, who directed the actor in The Terminator, Terminator 2, and True Lies.

Talk of a potential fourth collaboration between the two sprang up in 2011, when they journeyed together to visit a rain forest in Brazil, where Cameron said he wanted to bring the Avatar 2 cast for training. As Cameron took more and more time to put Avatar 2 together, that talk died down. Now that he’s getting closer to a shoot, with a crop of new writers working on sequel scripts, the “Arnie in Avatar 2” talk is back.

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Gravity

James Cameron is a filmmaker with high standards. His last two films were both the highest grossing film of all time and each took multiple years to get just right. In the interim, he’s been working to advance performance capture technology, high frame rate technology, 3D technology and probably more. So he knows what’s up. Cameron also helped director Alfonso Cuaron overcome some technical obstacles on his new film, Gravity. He’s an intelligent guy.

Gravity hits theaters October 4, and praise for it has been over the moon. No praise, however, has been higher than Cameron’s. The director of Avatar, Titanic, Aliens and Terminator recently saw the film and called it the “best space film ever done.” Read More »

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James Cameron is sending mixed messages today. First up, the award-winning filmmakers says he fully expects all future entertainment to be in 3D. Then, a few hours later, he reveals he’s hired noted sci-fi writer Steven Charles Gould to write four standalone Avatar novels that’ll expand on the stories Cameron will tell in his three sequels, currently scheduled for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Last time I checked, novels were a form of entertainment and can’t be turned into 3D. We’ll explore both pieces of news below. Read More »

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We haven’t heard much about the Disney’s plans for Avatar-Land since the company first announced their plan to bring Pandora to the Magic Kingdom back in September 2011. And it doesn’t seem like they will be revealing anything new during D23 Expo this weekend, but Disney Imagineering did offer a little tease in their pavilion on the show floor. The tease is in the form of an exhibit of all the souvenirs they brought back from their “research trip to Pandora”. Check out the photos after the jump.

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Blade Runner

If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
  • Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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Briefly: Yesterday we heard that James Cameron had brought in Sarah Connors Chronicles writer Josh Friedman to help script Avatar 2. Turns out, there’s a lot more going on in the Avatar camp than that one personnel addition.

In fact, Fox and Cameron are now officially planning three Avatar sequels. The film trio will be shot in a manner akin to Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth films — that is, all films shooting more or less as one — with release windows planned for Decembers in 2016, 2017, and 2018. We’ve heard before that there could be a fourth film in the series, and Sigourney Weaver recently said that there was a plan to shoot them back to back. Filming begins next year.

In addition to Friedman’s script work on the second film, Cameron has recruited Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of Planet of The Apes) to write the third and Shane Salerno (Salinger) to script the fourth in the expanded suite of sequels. [Deadline]

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