It's been three years since James Cameron released his sci-fi film Avatar, which ended up being the most successful movie of all time. Since its release there's been a couple of sequels in the works. You'd think it'd be shooting right now, but it's not. Cameron recently gave an update, which basically tells us that he's living in Pandora in his mind right now and still ironing out the script and details of his story. Here's what he had to say in an interview with Bleeding Cool:
I'm working on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, 'You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third 'Lord of the Rings.' I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it. I'm deep into it and I'm living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it's coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That's when it gets fun. The characters talk and it's writing itself. I'm almost there right now. It's building fast.
The director recently moved to New Zealand to work on the film, where he is being inspired for the new film. He added that "when you live in a special world like Pandora, you have to live in that world." He went on to discuss writing the sequels and the pressure of outdoing the the first film,
The first film is the biggest blockbuster of all-time, earning $2.782 billion at the worldwide box office, so does he feel pressure? "Pressure, no. It's a little daunting because sequels are always tricky. You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I've walked that line in the past, so I'm not too worried about it. At the same time, I definitely have to deliver the goods."
I'm sure Cameron is going to do some really spectacular things with the sequels. I loved the first film, and it's exciting to find out and see where he's going to take the audiences next in this fantastic universe he's created. We've heard in the past that it will include a lot of underwater world stuff, so that should be something really cool to look forward to.
The first sequel was originally supposed to be released in 2014, but it doesn't look like Cameron is going to be able to hit that release date at this point.