James Cameron wants to avoid ‘The Matrix 2’ mistakes on ‘Avatar’ sequels

'Avatar' director discusses the 'daunting task' of writing two sequels at the same time

James Cameron has vowed to avoid the mistakes of the Matrix trilogy while writing his Avatar sequels.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Cameron revealed that he is preparing to bed down in his “top secret writing cave” to make sure he finishes the scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 by the end of this year (2012).

Discussing the process of penning the sequels, Cameron said: “It’s a little bit of a daunting writing task because it’s two scripts and they’ve both gotta be done at the same time. I’m writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film. I don’t want to suffer from the Matrix 2 problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It’s gotta end. There’s gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that’s a fine line.”

Cameron also revealed that pre-production on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 is expected to begin in January (2013), before he shoots the films back-to-back. At present, neither sequel has a scheduled release date. 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).

Earlier this week (August 10), Cameron revealed that he also has an idea for a fourth Avatar film, which would be a prequel to the planned trilogy. Discussing the possible prequel, he explained: “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.”