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I'm a bit disappointed by this news to be honest. While I enjoyed Avatar a great deal, I'd have been happier for Cameron to do something else for the next five years. 2015 before starting a non-Avatar project is a long time to wait. I assume this puts to bed the Cleopatra rumours, along with any thoughts of a Battle Angel movie too.

http://www.comingsoo...ws.php?id=71199

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Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman announced today that Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron has agreed to make Avatar 2 and 3 as his next films.

Cameron, who had always viewed "Avatar" as the creation of a new world and mythology, will begin work on the scripts early next year with an eye towards commencing production later in 2011. Cameron will decide if he will shoot the films back-to-back after he completes the scripts, but the release of the first, as yet untitled sequel, is targeted for December 2014, with the third film contemplated for a December 2015 release.

Avatar 2 and 3 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau for Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment.

"'Avatar' is not only the highest grossing movie of all time, it is a created universe based on the singular imagination and daring of James Cameron, who also raised the consciousness of people worldwide to some of the greatest issues facing our planet," said Rothman and Gianopulos. "We had no higher priority, and can feel no greater joy, than enabling Jim to continue and expand his vision of the world of 'Avatar.' This is a great day in the history of our company, and we thank Jim, Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini and all of their team and all of our Fox colleagues throughout the world, who have made this possible."

Commented Cameron: "It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company. 'Avatar' was conceived as an epic work of fantasy – a world that audiences could visit, across all media platforms, and this moment marks the launch of the next phase of that world. With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience's expectations for the richness of 'Avatar's' visual world and the power of the storytelling. 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. I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."

"It is very exciting to be teaming again with our partners at Fox to give audiences the opportunity to return to Pandora," said producer Jon Landau. "With the first movie, Jim only scratched the surface of the stories he wants to tell and the creatures and world he wants to create. Now we will continue his vision."

Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in nearly $2.8 billion in worldwide box office. It is also the top-selling Blu-ray disc of all time. Avatar won Golden Globe awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Director; and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won Oscars for art direction, visual effects and cinematography.

In Avatar, Cameron takes audiences to a spectacular world beyond imagination and limitations, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization.

Avatar was written by Cameron from an idea he nurtured for over a decade, while working on the technology necessary to realize its wholly imagined world. Working with Joe Letteri and his team at Peter Jackson's WETA Digital, Cameron created a fully immersive 3D cinematic experience of a new kind, where revolutionary technology that was invented to make the film disappeared into the emotion of the characters and the epic nature of the story.

Avatar 2 and 3 will mark Cameron's latest collaborations with Twentieth Century Fox, a relationship that spans 25 years and marks one of the most successful filmmaker-studio alliances in motion picture history. Cameron and Fox first joined forces in 1985 for Aliens, which became a sci-fi classic. Next came The Abyss, which revolutionized visual effects technology; and True Lies, a blockbuster starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1996, Fox greenlighted Cameron's Titanic, which became the most successful film in history, and won a record-breaking eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Read more: James Cameron to Next Make Avatar 2 and 3 - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoo...9#ixzz13Z8p1jyl

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I went to watch the first one and thought it was fairly good, but unless they drastically change the formula, surely its going to be more of the same? In which case, I think i'll pass.

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How unfortunate :(, Cameron must have a very, very sweet profit share to tempt him to make another 2 back to back, though you'd have thought Titanic/Avatar would have guaranteed a decent retirement fund already.

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I went to watch the first one and thought it was fairly good, but unless they drastically change the formula, surely its going to be more of the same? In which case, I think i'll pass.

He's talked in the past that at least one of the sequels will take place in/under Pandora's seas. Whether that's still true is unknown at this point.

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I went to watch the first one and thought it was fairly good, but unless they drastically change the formula, surely its going to be more of the same? In which case, I think i'll pass.

Based on the success of the first, I'd imagine that Cameron would be more open to trying as a story that's a little less 'tried and true'. The first movie was a big risk on a technical level, so the simplistic narrative meant that it could play it safe and aim for the widest audience. Now that audience is in place, Avatar 2 could allow for something a little more original. Hopefully, anyway.

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He promised to explore both the oceans and the interior of Pandora and possibly the rest of the star system by the time the 3rd film is done:

JC: Well you’ve already defined what the challenge will be on the next “Avatar” picture, which is to do what we did before at half the price and in half the time. Again, that’s an impossible goal, we won’t accomplish that, but if we can reduce by 25% in both categories, we’ll have really accomplished something. We know our methodology works. We also know it took two years to come up with. It didn’t even become efficient until the last two months of the production. So we were four years into a project before we had this machine running smoothly. So we take a snapshot of that moment in our production and say that’s what we look like on Day 1, we’re going to do better. Now, none of that has anything to do with coming up with a great story or great characters or great new settings and so on. That all is a given. That’s not to say that it’s done yet, it’s a given that we have to do that. But for me, the technical challenge is in improving the process having proved that it works.

We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. 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. I’ve already announced this, so I might as well say it: Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. 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.

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Still wished he'd have dropped in another film before starting Avatar 2.

Are we looking at 2017 for a non-Avatar film now, providing he starts work as soon as Avatar 2 is finished? Then again, we waited long enough after Titanic but still, I wouldn't have minded another original title first.

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"James Cameron, who also raised the consciousness of people worldwide to some of the greatest issues facing our planet"

Oh, fuck off.

Are you sure? I for one am fascinated to see how Cameron will work a global economic crisis into the world of Avatar.

After successfully repulsing humanity has hubris struck the Na'vi? Did they take out massive loans so they could begin their own mining operation only to discover that the market for Unobtanium has collapsed, leading to a spate of home repossessions before Jake Sully returns to fight off the bailiffs.
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Shame that means no Battle Angel film, I'd have loved to have seen that film made with Avatar-like budget and production values.

Hope he doesn't "do a Matrix" for the Avatar sequels

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Shame that means no Battle Angel film, I'd have loved to have seen that film made with Avatar-like budget production values.

Console yourself with the thought that it's because the tech still ain't good enough yet to do the concept justice :P, I just hope Cameron is still interested in pursuing it 5 years from now, a James Cameron comic (Manga) adaption, truly something with a lot of potential for amaze. :D

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Thinking about Avatar makes me angry, so I'll just say that I agree with the majority of posts here that wish he would make another film in the meantime rather than dedicating the next few years remaking Ferngully 2: The Magical Rescue.

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No intention of ever watching the first one again (didn't hate it - it was average and not worth a re-watch)

No interest in the sequels unless everyone who thought the first one was rubbish to average decides they are the BEST FILMS EVAR.

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I heard on radio 4 in the mining industry they use the word Unobtanium to desribe any resource which is for economic reasons not worth mining.

They should call resources that aren't worth mining pointlesstanium.

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I liked the bit where Giovani Ribisi gave Sigourney Weaver a beginners guide on what Unobtanium was and why they were there, despite the fact she'd apparently lived there for donkey's years.

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