Producer Jon Landau clarified last week that there were no plans to shoot Avatar 4 just yet, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be one coming down the line eventually. Filmmaker James Cameron has said previously that he’s considering the possibility of a fourth Avatar, and he already has a few ideas for the possible film. For starters, he explains, it won’t really be a sequel, but a prequel.

But before that gets going, Landau says Cameron will be turning his attentions to the long-gestating Battle Angel. Read more about Cameron’s plans for the future after the jump.

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Casting, rumors, hopes, desires and much more are in this huge holiday edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Producer Jon Landau clarifies the possibility of Avatar 4 and offers an update on 2 and 3.
  • See Chris Pine on the set of Jack Ryan with Kevin Costner and read some thoughts on the tone of Star Trek 2.
  • Is the Iron Patriot going to be in Iron Man 3 after all?
  • Also, Wang Xueqi joins the Shane Black directed sequel in an intriguing role.
  • Screenwriter Alex Garland laid out some thoughts for a possible Dredd 3D sequel.
  • Grown Ups 2 built a set for an outdoor, night time go-kart scene to film indoors and during the day.
  • Director Jeff Wadlow hints that Jim Carrey has, in fact, been cast in Kick-Ass 2.
  • Rick Jaffa, a writer/producer of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, confirms a big franchise staple won’t be in the sequel.

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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 »

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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Not surprisingly, your ticket to Pandora might be redeemed a little later than expected. Producer Jon Landau was recently in London screening footage from James Cameron‘s upcoming Titanic 3D and said that Avatar 2 is four years away. Originally, the sequel was annoucned to be released in December 2014 with the third film December 2015, both of which are less than four years away. Does that mean Cameron’s films have officially been delayed? Maybe. Or maybe not. Read more after the jump. Read More »

James Cameron’s Avatar 2 doesn’t come out until December 2014 but the news is already starting to trickle out. It’s going to be a long four years. We’ve already heard about how Cameron is trying to develop some new technologies for the film, that the story might go off Pandora and there will be water sequences. Producer Jon Landau, who worked on both Titanic and Avatar with Cameron, has now added some context to that info about the sequels. He talks about a possible link between the second and third films, and provides updates on some other Cameron projects. Read More »

James Cameron To Write Avatar Prequel Novel

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James Cameron‘s Avatar has surpassed $2.35 billion worldwide, and keeps on going. A sequel is almost definite, but won’t be seen on the big screen for a couple of years, at very least. But that doesn’t mean we have to wait until 2012 or 2013 to return to Pandora. Producer Jon Landau revealed to MTV that Cameron plans to write a novel set within the world created in Avatar, a prequel to the story of the film. The plan is to get the book in stores by the end of the year.
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Interview With Avatar Producer Jon Landau

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During the press junket events for Avatar in London last week, I was lucky enough to get 15 minutes chatting with Jon Landau. That full interview is available as a video below the break.

Landau was the film’s producer and is James Cameron‘s partner in Lightstorm Entertainment. Should Cameron go ahead with Avatar 2 next, or maybe even Battle Angel Alita, the one collaborator we can guarantee will be by his side is Landau. Indeed, the producer must already know a great deal more about those projects than he could ever tell. Of course, that doesn’t stop him dropping the odd tantalising hint.

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The World Premiere of James Cameron‘s Avatar is set for December 10th, just 20 days from now but as of Wednesday, “around 30 minutes of the movie remain incomplete”. Cause for concern?

According to Jon Landau, the film’s producer, the scenes need work ranging from sound mixing through colour timing along to visual effects. What isn’t clear is how many minutes of FX work need to be locked, and how much of that floating half hour is requiring the more final post production polish only.

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