The alien society that we first met in James Cameron's groundbreaking Avatar is not going to be theÂ only one in the movie's upcoming sequels.
Speaking via phone with RTL, director James Cameron says that preproduction on the three follow-ups to hisÂ 2009 mega-blockbuster is in its early stages and "going very well":
"Right now weâre developing the software. Iâm writing the scripts. Weâre designing all the creaturesÂ and characters and the settings, and so on. So, Iâm not actually directing yet, but Iâm doing all theÂ other creative processes that lead up to that...Itâs going very well."
As for what exactly we'll see in those three movies, Cameron makes a bold promise and offers someÂ tantalizing hints:
"I think itâs going to be spectacular. Youâll see new worlds, new habitats, new cultures. The primaryÂ conflict between the human view kind of dominating nature and the Naâvi view of being integrated intoÂ nature is the same, but it manifests itself in very different ways.â
Cameron stops short of saying whether we'll meet other new races, although the "new worlds" commentÂ could very well mean something along those lines. But at the very least, it seems like the sequelsÂ could introduce other Na'vi communities that are different from the ones we met in the first film.
The filmmaker also mentions that he hasn't "made a final decision" on whether he's going to shoot allÂ or part of the movies in the same high-frame-rate format that Peter Jackson has used for The Hobbit,Â although the films will be in 3D -- after all, it was Avatar that kicked off the whole current 3DÂ wave, for better or worse. (Our two cents on high frame rate? Skip it.)
The films are scheduled for release in December 2016, 2017 and 2018, with Cameron planning to shootÂ them all at once. He says that advances in the technology since he made the first Avatar will helpÂ speed up the process of what is sure to be one of the most complex filmmaking projects of all time.
Listen to the audio of Cameron's comments below. What would you like to see in the Avatar sequels? More of the Na'vi or different races on differentÂ planets altogether? How should Cameron expand this universe he's created?