Director James Cameron has been hard at work trying to pump out the scripts for his next two Avatar films, and in a recent interview with The West Austrailian he reveals that he hopes they are finished by February so he can start shooting them by the end of next year. He went on to say...
I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don't want to be writing the movie in post production. We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don't want to do that again.
We've heard a few different production dates thrown out there in the past, but this being the most recent announcement, it's the one that really counts. Cameron attended the premier of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in New Zealand, and he talked about the higher frame rate of 48fps saying,
If there is acceptance of 48 (FPS), then that will pave the way for Avatar (sequels) to take advantage of it.
He went on to liken the format to CD's explaining,
I remember when CDs came in and there was a nostalgic feeling that the sound of a needle on vinyl was what music should sound like -- suddenly you've got this pristine clarity and a lot of people were nay-saying it.
But of course, hardly anyone listens to records now. I for one am looking forward to seeing the new format, and I'm open to the change. It will be interesting to see if I like it or not! We still don't know much about Cameron's highly anticipated sequels, but we do know that it will focus on the oceans and underwater ecosystems of the planet Pandora.