This past weekend marked five years since the release of James Cameron’s Avatar. At the time, Cameron’s sci-fi/fantasy epic was the only film being talked about by audiences and critics. Today, its probably better known for its spectacular visuals and 3D cinematic experience rather than story. However, the first film presented an interesting mythology in the Na’vi creatures and their world that could be further explored in future sequels. As a result, Cameron has dedicated the last several years in developing not one, but three separate films that’ll continue the Avatar story.
So when can we expect to return to Pandora? According to Cameron (via. Montreal Gazette) Christmas day 2017 is the target date, but that’s not the most important thing for the innovative director.
“At least, that’s what we’ve announced. But I don’t consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart. I call it a meta-narrative that runs across the three movies. Each film stands alone, but it also tells one much larger story.”
On the designs:
“We have design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It’s been about a two-year task. [We’ve finished] all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we’re really poised to start after the first of the year,”
Its great to hear that all the preparation for the lengthy shoot is nearly finished. Like I mentioned above, its been five years since Avatar, and eight years once the sequel releases.
I’m very much excited to return to the world of Pandora. For one, its director James Cameron, and for all the few imperfections people might point out in his films, its indisputable that he’s a one-of-a-kind director. Second is the amount of preparation dedicated to developing these sequels. I’m convinced these next couple of films will show us a new side of Pandora, and offer a whole new experience. I’ve read stories about Cameron discovering new film technology through underwater cameras. Whether the stories improve or not remains to be seen, but at least he’s assembled a team of writers to work them to their bones to crack these stories. Its finally looking like all systems are a go, and James Cameron can’t wait for you to see what’s next…
“I can tell you one thing about them. They’re gonna be b*tchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.” – James Cameron to Empire Magazine