Empire caught up with director James Cameron and got an update on the progress of his fledgling Avatar franchise. The sequels to the 2009 blockbuster — which include the still untitled Avatars 2-4 — have been in the making for a long time. Cameron is obviously giddy at the prospect of returning to Pandora, as evidenced by his response when asked about the scripts’ progress.
“I can tell you one thing about them,” teased Cameron about the Avatar scripts. “They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”
To create these bitchin’ pants-ruining films, Cameron is working with a team of screenwriters that includes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) and Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem). “I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together,” said Cameron. “I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie.”
The filmmaker became a bit more professional while discussing the film’s frame rate. “My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market,” said Cameron. “I’ll be plugging into a system that’s a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point.”
All three Avatar films are expected to be produced simultaneously for release between 2016 and 2018.
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