Patrick Dane writes for Bleeding Cool
We are in an odd place with the Avatar franchise. It's actually been 1193 days since the first film hit our local cineplexes* and we are still aren't any closer to knowing when the sequels will finally come out. It being so far away from the initial release and seeing as nothing much has been heard about the next instalment in a while, you could almost be forgiven for having forgot about it.
However, along comes James Cameron once again, reigniting the fires with an interview with Play Goes Strong. Cameron was talking about the DVD and Blu Ray releases of Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D, but questions on Avatar inevitably came up and so the sometime king of this world go to reveal that he is currently spending his time living on another, fictional one:
I'm working on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3… I'm deep into it and I'm living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it's coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That's when it gets fun. The characters talk and it's writing itself. I'm almost there right now. It's building fast.
Hopefully Cameron will soon be ready to leave his own made up world soon and start dealing with our real one. Y'know, to start visualising Pandora with cameras and ground-breaking 3D and maybe, just maybe, ridiculously high frame rates, not just his mind's eye.
Cameron had more to say about writing a sequel:
It's a little daunting because sequels are always tricky. You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I've walked that line in the past, so I'm not too worried about it. At the same time, I definitely have to deliver the goods…As for a release date that will be determined by when I get the script out. No pressure!
The release date was, for a while at least, going to be December 2014, but that's looking more and more unlikely as time goes on. The last film took about two and half years in post-production and while it has often been said that the next two films would be quicker to piece together, that was also before Cameron spent three and a half years on the script.
I am actually incredibly interested in seeing what these sequels looks like. I am a massive supporter of 3D and it is going to be interesting to see how Cameron tops what the last film's technology and stereo storytelling did.
But even past the technique used to tell the story, I am just as interested in seeing where the story goes. The first one was clearly a single, self-contained and I think I'll find it intriguing to see how Cameron picks up and moves on.
*For most locales, anyhow.