It's been nearly three years since James Cameron released Avatar and was crowned the director of the highest-grossing movie ever (again). The long-promised sequels to the flick have yet to materialize, in part because Cameron is apparently working hard to keep his franchise from turning out like another mega-blockbuster sci-fi series.
Cameron's been busy with everything but Avatar lately, making record dives in his private submarine, converting Titanic to 3D, expanding his 3D company internationally and investing in asteroid mining, but now he's hunkering down to work on the franchise. We've heard for a while now that the film's sequels (and maybe a prequel) will likely shoot back to back, but first Cameron has to write them, and that won't be easy.
"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," Cameron said.
Cameron's goal is to knock out scripts for the next two Avatar adventures by the end of the year, followed by a release date for the first sequel sometime in 2015. That means he's trying to knock out two feature-length film scripts in just over three months, but it's not just a matter of finishing the things. Cameron also wants to make sure his second flick doesn't end on the same note as another film in a pair of back-to-back sequels: Andy and Lana Wachowski's Matrix Reloaded.
"I'm writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film," Cameron said. "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."
And then comes the daunting task of taking all that groundbreaking technology that Cameron poured into Avatar and making it better, which will likely be much harder than the writing.
"It was this kludgy prototype the first time," Cameron said. "We always knew as we were going along, this isn't really working, but we'll fix it for the sequel. The first film just about killed us, and now we're gonna try to do twice that much."
After years of putting off the project, Cameron hopes to start preproduction on Avatar 2 in January. Will he make it?
(Via Hero Complex)