Avatar 2

avatar6/9/14 - James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have set Sigourney Weaver to return in the director's three Avatar sequels in a different role. The filmmaker begins production later this year.  She joins previously announced cast returnees Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang.  "Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she's playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films. We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration," Cameron said.  The as-yet-untitled Avatar sequels will be filmed back-to-back. The first will be released in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017 and the third a year later. The movies will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau via their Lightstorm Entertainment.  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

1/14/14 - Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have finalized deals to reprise their characters for the next three Avatar movies.   The first actor who signed on for all three new movies was Stephen Lang, who played mad Marine Colonel Quaritch in the 2009 film. His character dies in the first film, so it will be interesting to see how Cameron resurrects him.  Other plot details are being kept locked on Pandora, although Jake Sully and Neytiri, the characters played by Worthington and Saldana, respectively, have kids.  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

12/16/13 - James Cameron said fans of the Avatar series will discover a lot of new imagery and a lot of her environments and creatures across Pandora in the three upcoming sequels to his 2009 science-fiction epic.  "At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary," the director told the Associated Press. "I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it."  He continued, "There's a fair bit of underwater stuff. It's been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That's not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films."  The first Avatar movie, Cameron explained, was "very Jake-centric," referring to the character played by Sam Worthington, but the new series as a whole is "really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like The Godfather."  Cameron will be directing each of the three sequels to the original film, all of which will be shot in New Zealand. The first of the sequels is expected to be released in 2016.  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

10/22/13 - Stephen Lang is set to reprise his role in three upcoming sequels despite having been killed off in the original movie.  Lang’s character died when Neytiri shot him twice through the chest with her father’s bow. Cameron and his team of screenwriters (Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, Shane Salerno) will now have to come up with a creative way to explain Col. Quaritch’s return to the sci-fi franchise.  Source: TheWrap.com

8/1/13 - 20th Century Fox and James Cameron have set Avatar 2 for a December 2016 release, and are wedging in yet another sequel -- with Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 coming in December 2017 and 2018.   Josh Friedman will write one of the sequels.  Joining him will be Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno.  The sequels will be shot simultaneously, and both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are expected to return along with Joe Letteri and his WETA Digital, which helped Cameron realize the world he imagined for Avatar.  "Building upon the world we created with 'Avatar' has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I've come to realize that 'Avatar's' world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I'm pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh — all writers I've long admired -­ to join me in completing the films screenplays," said Cameron.  Source: TheWrap.com 

4/5/12 - James Cameron’s Avatar 2 is going to be delayed until at least 2015, producer Jon Landau said Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  "We're not naming dates, but I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make,” Landau told Empire. “It's about getting it right … movies make release dates; release dates don't make movies.  The next one will kick off where the last one ended. But just like Avatar resolved itself and doesn't feel like a setup to another movie, you don't want Avatar 2 to feel like a setup for 3."  Meanwhile, Cameron's Manhattan Beach studio is up and running, and Landau indicated that the filmmaker has already begun collaborating with the New Zealand effects company Weta Digital, which is developing an “underwater motion capture system” that will allow him to bring to life the oceans of Pandora.

 

10/27/10 - James Cameron will start writing the scripts for two Avatar sequels early next year, 20th Century Fox announced.  Cameron has settled on two sequels as his next film projects, with plans to begin production in late 2011.  The studio hopes to have the first of the as-yet-untitled sequels in theaters in December 2014, with the third movie in the franchise following in December 2015. Like the first film, the sequels will be shot in 3-D. "In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of `Avatar's' visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world," Cameron said.

 

8/9/10 - Deals for Avatar sequels are being worked on.  Creator James Cameron told MTV that he is focused on finishing his Avatar novel before getting started on a sequels.  Cameron hinted that the final two parts of the planned trilogy could be lumped together into a single production, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  "We're actually talking about that. That's not a decision yet," he said. "That is something that makes a lot of sense, given the nature of these productions, because we can bank all the capture and then go back and do cameras over a period of time."

 

4/21/10 - Director James Cameron told the LA Times that a planned follow-up to Avatar would head for the fictional planet's oceans.  "Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment - a different setting within Pandora," he said. "And I'm going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won't be a rain forest. I'm not saying we won't see what we've already seen; we'll see more of that as well."  He also hinted at space travel - and a potential third film.  "We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That's not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system," he said. "And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story - not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film.  The challenge will be on the next "Avatar" picture... to do what we did before at half the price and in half the time," he explained. "Again, that's an impossible goal, we won't accomplish that, but if we can reduce by 25 percent in both categories, we'll have really accomplished something."

 

1/14/10 - James Cameron plans sequels to his now-blockbuster Avatar, Entertainment Weekly reported.  The magazine quotes the director as saying he left scenes in the movie to set up a subsequent movie.  But not only did director James Cameron always believe that the film would be a hit—he was even planning a sequel during production. "I've had a storyline in mind from the start—there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel," Cameron says. "It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan."  It famously took Cameron 15 or more years to develop the tech and ideas for Avatar, but now that the infrastructure is in place, it won't take that long to mount a second movie, he added. And star Sam Worthington has already signed on for a sequel.  Cameron made clear that the next film won't be a prequel, recounting previous backstory, but will begin after the events of the initial movie. "We'll follow Jake and Neytiri," he confirmed.  In fact, Cameron intends to follow the couple for another two films. "I have a trilogy-scaled arc of story right now, but I haven't really put any serious work into writing a script," he said.