The Avatar sequels are currently trucking along now that James Cameron has hired a team of writers to churn out the second, third and fourth installments to Pandora. He recently told the press what we can all expect.
"At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary," the director recently told the Associated Press. "I mean, the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasyland that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it."
Big talk was given to Cameron developing a special camera and rig to take underwater for the "other worlds" portion of the film, but it seems that he has scaled back on the idea. "There's a fair bit of underwater stuff. It has been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That's not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films."
Given that the first Avatar was heavily criticized for having a less-than-satisfactory plot, Cameron plans on remedying this issue by shifting focus from humankind's attempt to mine Pandora to Jake Sully's family, the family that he creates on Pandora. "It's really his story. So think of it as a family saga like The Godfather," the director laments.
Crazy comparisons aside, the three new films will be shot in New Zealand thanks to a new tax deal from the country, and Cameron is planning on relocating his family to work on the projects there. He will be sharing the duties with New Zealand's own maestro, Peter Jackson.
The Avatar sequels are now expected for late 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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