Thus far, all of the official details about the stories for "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3," and "Avatar 4" involve people coming back from the dead. First, we heard that Signourey Weaver will be back, and now we know that a villain is getting the same favor from James Cameron
Deadline is reporting that Stephen Lang, who played the na'vi-hating Colonel Miles Quaritch, has just signed on for the next three movies in the sci-fi fantasy series, despite getting killed by Zoe Saldana's character in the original.
"Steven was so memorable in the first film, we're privileged to have him back," Cameron said. "I'm not going to say exactly HOW we're bringing him back, but it's a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who's also become a good friend."
The teaming of Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron is a pretty formidable one. In three films together, they made two bona fide classics, the first two "Terminator" movies, and one more highly respected action movie, "True Lies." With both men still working, it seemed like only a matter of time before we saw the credits back on screen together.
Cameron has publicly aired his intention to only make "Avatar" movies in order to fund his adventures to the ocean floor, and plans for the next three looked to tie him up even further down the road, but if Latino-Review has the story right, the Cameron-Schwarzenegger reteam might be sooner than we expected.
El Mayimbe over at Latino-Review is reporting that Schwarzenegger is in line to play the next big human bad guy for the fantasy-action series.
Zoe Saldana has found herself in high demand for info on some of the biggest movie franchises today. Not only is she in "Star Trek Into Darkness," which opens in theaters next week, and "Guardians of the Galaxy," one of Marvel's movies for 2014, she will also be at the center of two "Avatar" sequels, as soon as James Cameron finishes the screenplays, that is.
During the press junket for "Star Trek Into Darkness," MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with Saldana about how the scripts were coming along and if she knew what Cameron was doing on that New Zealand farm of his.
Read what she had to say after the jump!
The people of Pandora are taking a plunge, and the cameras are going along for the dive.
"Avatar" producer Jon Landau confirmed during a recent conversation at the NAB Technology Summit on Cinema in Las Vegas that James Cameron's upcoming sequels will indeed utilize underwater performance capture.
"We could simulate water [in computer graphics], but we can't simulate the actor's experience, so we are going to capture performance in a tank," the producer said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
James Cameron is still trudging away on his "Avatar" sequels. He has long been in development on "Avatar 2" and "3," and revealed in a new interview that he's fully engrossed in the world of Pandora.
"I'm working on 'Avatar 2' and 'Avatar 3.' I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, 'You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third 'Lord of the Rings.' I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it," he told Play Goes Strong. "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."
On the red carpet at the Oscars, MTV News' Josh Horowitz couldn't help but totally geek out with Zoe Saldana about her two sci-fi franchises, J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" and James Cameron's "Avatar," both of which are expecting sequels in the near to relatively near future.
But first thing's first, "Star Trek Into Darkness." What's up with Uhura and Spock, everyone's favorite love-birds aboard the Starship Enterprise? Where does their relationship pick up in May's sequel.
"I don't know. They're figuring things out" Saldana said. "They're definitely together, you know, because they work together on the Enterprise, and there's so much that's going on this time around with their situation as a crew, as the Enterprise, that it definitely is going to add a little stress to their relationship."
Movie franchises like "Star Wars," "The Avengers," and "Justice League" seem to be grabbing every other headline these days; so much so that it's been easy to forget that James Cameron is currently planning two new films to follow up the biggest movie of all time.
We knew that at least two more "Avatar" movies are in the pipeline from Cameron, with potential for a fourth if the director needs more money to dive into the ocean, but now he's shed some light on when things might start rolling.
Speaking with The West Australian (via The Playlist), Cameron said that he's currently writing the scripts at his recently purchased New Zealand farm and hopes to be done by February. The ultimate goal is to begin filming by late 2013.
James Cameron still plans to bring us sequels to "Avatar," but we won't be seeing them any time soon.
In an interview with The New York Times, Cameron admitted that "Avatar 2" likely won't be ready for theatrical release until at least 2015, which is close to the estimation producer Jon Laundau made earlier this year. Cameron is currently writing the scripts for "Avatar 2," "3" and potentially "4," though the NYT writes that a fourth film isn't a guarantee yet.
Cameron plans to finish the scripts when he moves his family to New Zealand in the fall. He also tells the NYT that he'll likely shoot much of the film in Peter Jackson's Wellington production studio and complete many of the visual effects at Jackson's Weta Digital. The motion capture work will still be done in California.
James Cameron has never kept intentions for the "Avatar" series a secret. He wants to make a lot of them. He wants them to make a lot of money. Then he wants to use that money to keep diving to the bottom of the ocean.
But a new article from Showbiz 411 about "Avatar" actress Sigourney Weaver may have revealed just how ambitious Cameron is being with the sequels. The post reports that Cameron isn't planning on making his next "Avatar" movies back-to-back. He's making them back-to-back-to-back.
Read more after the jump!
According to a new interview, James Cameron plans on only making his own movies for the rest of his career. For the time being, that seems to mean making his "Avatar" series.
In an interview with The New York Times, Cameron said that he is solely working on these movies since they've been such a focus of his life for so long.
"I’ve divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I’ve made two movies in 16 years, and I’ve done eight expeditions," he said. "Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the 'Avatar' business. Period. That’s it. I’m making 'Avatar 2,' 'Avatar 3,' maybe 'Avatar 4,' and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts."