James Cameron discusses ‘Avatar’ sequels

Filmmaker gives progress report on sci-fi franchise

James Cameron has given an update on his Avatar sequels.

Speaking during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, the filmmaker spoke about his plans for the series of follow-up films to his 2009 sci-fi blockbuster.

“The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously,” he revealed. “They’re essentially all in pre-production now because we are designing creatures, settings and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.”

Asked whether he felt pressure, meanwhile, he replied: “There’s always pressure, whether it’s a new film or whether it’s a sequel, to entertain and amaze an audience.

“I’ve felt that pressure my entire career, so there’s nothing new there. The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable. There hasn’t been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie.”

Cameron recently compared his forthcoming Avatar sequels to The Godfather. He will shoot all three of the follow-up films in New Zealand, and the new pictures will focus on lead character Jake, who is played by Sam Worthington, and his new life on the planet Pandora.

Released in 2009, Cameron’s Avatar became the highest-grossing movie of all-time, a title it still holds, with worldwide box office takings exceeding $2.7 billion (£1.7 billion). The first sequel is scheduled for release in December 2016 with the third and fourth films set to follow in 2017 and 2018.