James Cameron to start filming ‘Avatar’ sequels in 2013

Director reveals he's putting the finishing touches to the scripts

James Cameron has revealed that he’s planning on starting filming Avatar 2 and 3 by the end of 2013.

The Titanic director attended the New Zealand premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and spoke about his hopes to have both scripts finished by February with filming pencilled in for the end of 2013.

“I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don’t want to be writing the movie in post production,” he said. “We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and I don’t want to do that again.”

As to the content of the two sequels Cameron has previously said that Avatar 2 will explore the different environments of Pandora, particularly the world’s oceans, and rumours have been circulating that Avatar 3 will reach beyond Pandora. Due the success of the first Avatar film, which became the highest grossing film of all time, there’s even been speculation about a fourth prequel film.

Cameron also went on to praise Peter Jackson’s controversial decision to film The Hobbit at 48 frames a second rather than the standard 24. “If there is acceptance of 48, then that will pave the way for Avatar (sequels) to take advantage of it,” he said. “We charged out ahead on 3D with Avatar, now Peter’s doing it with The Hobbit. It takes that kind of bold move to make change.”

It is expected that Avatar 2 will be released some time in 2015.