Director James Cameron is currently in the process of prepping for film production for his Avatar universe. At first it was going to be two more films, then he said he might add one more into the mix. That makes three more Avatar movies for those of you who can't add. Now Sigourney Weaver confirms that there are three more movies coming, and that they will be filmed at the same time.
Here's what she revealed in an interview Showbiz 411...
When “Political Animals” finishes shooting, see if you can follow Weaver’s schedule: she goes right into a new Christopher Durang play for a short run at Lincoln Center. Then she films “Avatar” 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said.
Cameron is setting up his production shop for these films in New Zealand and Los Angeles. Here's what the director had to say in a previous interview,
Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the Avatar business. Period. That’s it. I’m making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4,and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts.
And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way. And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I’m continuing.
He also told about how he spent the last year developing the software they will use to make these films.
... spent the last year and a half on software development and pipeline development. The virtual production methodology was extremely prototypical on the first film. As then, no one had ever done it before and we didn't even know for two and half years into it and $100 million into it if it was going to work. So we just wanted to make our lives a whole lot easier so that we can spend a little more of our brainpower on creativity. It was a very, very uphill battle on the first film. So we've been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing. We haven't gotten to the design stage yet. That'll be the next.
It's looking like we might just see these Avatar movies released in three consecutive Decembers in 2014, 2015, and 2016. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Cameron has planned for this universe he's created. I can't help but think they'll be bigger and better than the first film. Are you excited to see what Cameron is planning for these films?