During a Reddit AMA on Saturday morning James Cameron gave an update on the production of the “Avatar” sequels. The director said the scripts for the second, third and fourth films will be finished in six weeks.
“The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They’re essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.”
Cameron said that the biggest pressure he feels right now is trying to cut the film down to an “affordable” length, saying “There hasn’t been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie.”
During the AMA Cameron also shot down the rumor of Arnold Schwarzenneger appearing in one of the sequels, “I don’t see a role as the scripts are coming together that would be appropriate for him, so I would say probably not. Cameron also stated that his adaptation of the manga “Battle Angel” is on hold until the three “Avatar” scripts are finished. Lastly he also gave his thoughts on where he would like to see the future of film:
“In terms of storytelling, I’d like to see Hollywood embrace the caliber of writing in feature films that we’re currently seeing in the series on television – more emphasis on character, and less on explosions and pyrotechnics,” Cameron wrote. “And I’m talking the big tentpole movies, I think they’re obnoxiously loud and fast.”
The first of the “Avatar” sequels is set for release in December of 2016. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang will reprise their roles for the film. Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno have collaborated with Cameron on the script.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter