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Avatar – James Cameron is planning a trilogy

Posted by LiveFor on December 22, 2009

Just because Avatar recently hit the cinema (check out my review) that doesn’t mean news hasn’t stopping being made about it. Possible minor spoilers ahead.

Talking to MTV James Cameron discussed how he saw it as the beginning of a trilogy (as so many films are these days).

Whenever he does get started on the continuing story of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his Na’vi mate Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), we at least know that he’s got a broad strokes plan in mind for where life will take them next.

“We’ll follow Jake and Neytiri, I have a trilogy-scaled arc of story right now, but I haven’t really put any serious work into writing a script,” said Cameron.

Some of the satisfied fans undoubtedly left theaters this past weekend wondering exactly when we might see more of the “Avatar” universe. After all, Cameron’s initial idea for the story grew out of an 80-page treatment he penned back in 1995. Will it be another 13 years before we get a return trip to Pandora?

“From the time we capture and finish the capture, it’s literally nine to 10 months to get the CG characters working, to get their facial musculature working,” he said. “So now we have Jake, we have Neytiri. Sam can step right back into it, the characters will fit them like a glove, and we’ll just go on. So a lot of the start-up torque that had to be done for one movie really makes more sense if you play it out across several films.”

“My next goal is to refine the technique, make it easier so it doesn’t take as long. We were doing a lot of pioneering work on ‘Avatar.’ It wouldn’t have taken as long if we already knew exactly how to do it.”

Where do you see any sequels heading? Could Earth head back to Pandora to sort things out?

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