James Cameron gives update on 'Avatar 2' and 'Avatar 3'
He's writing the scripts for the sequels now but declines to specify release dates
The director plans to shoot the sequels back-to-back, but at present he is living on a remote farm in New Zealand while he writes their scripts. He told Play Goes Strong: "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'."
Explaining how far along he is, Cameron said: "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."
However, Cameron declined to specify release dates for the sequels, saying: "That will be determined by when I get the script out. No pressure!" The original Avatar opened in 2009 and became the highest-grossing movie ever with worldwide box office takings exceeding $2.7 billion (£1.7 billion).
Last summer (2012), Cameron revealed he also has an idea for a fourth Avatar film, which would be a prequel to the planned trilogy. He said at the time: "It's a logical thing to do because we'll have completed the thematic arc by the end of [Avatar] three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It's a plan."