James Cameron Talks About Back-To-Back 'Avatars' & His Novel
Reported by Outsiders - 10:13 PM 2010.08.09
Cameron revealed in an interview with MTV about the back-to-back sequels and his "Avatar" novel.
"'Avatar 2'... we're still working on deals. We don't start the movie until we get the deals worked out," he said. "I'm making notes. I'm not sitting idle," Cameron said. "But really, what I'm working on primarily is the novel."
"I never had a chance to get the novel done while we were making the movie, and I always intended to. I didn't want to do a cheesy novelization, where some hack comes in and kind of makes s--t up. I wanted to do something that was a legitimate novel that was inside the characters' heads and didn't have the wrong culture stuff, the wrong language stuff, all that."
Cameron hints that the final two films in the planned trilogy could be lumped together into a single mega-production.
"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 [motion] capture and then go back and do cameras over a period of time."
The nature of the "Avatar" world is also a big plus. Where live-action films shot back-to-back have breakneck schedules and place great demands on the participating cast & crews, the largely CG environments of the planet Pandora require a comparably smaller commitment. "The way these back-to-back productions fall apart is that you're trying to do two live-action films back to back, and you're working on it for a year and a half, shooting. Everyone is dead. It's not humanly possible. This type of film, it absolutely would work."