James Cameron says you will ‘sh*t yourself’ over how awesome the Avatar sequels are
Director James Cameron is busy working on Avatar 2, 3, and 4, but he’s already fairly sure that audiences are going to like the films. And not just kind of like them, but like them a whole lot.
“I can tell you one thing about them,” Cameron told Empire “They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”
Following the overwhelming success of 2009’s Avatar, Cameron began work on a sequel, which then became two sequels, and finally three. All three sequels will be filmed together, with releases scheduled in December 2016, 2017, and 2018. In earlier discussions about the sequels, Cameron claimed that each movie would have its own complete story. The entire series would feature a connecting arc that will be resolved in the finale, but the movies will not feature cliffhangers.
In the interview with Empire, Cameron went on to discuss the writing process for the films, which includes a team consisting of Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedmand, and Shane Salerno.
“I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together, and I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day,” Cameron said. “I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie.”
Cameron is currently working on the sequels in New Zealand. According to the director, Peter Jackson and his team, including Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens also contributed to Avatar.
“When Neytiri is holding Jake and she’s just brought him back to consciousness, the ‘I see you’ line was suggested by them,” Cameron told Empire. “It might have been Peter who said that.”
During the interview, Cameron also confirmed that he would film in 48 fps, as opposed to 60.
The filming is set to begin December 2014, but there is a long way to go. Still, if anyone has the right to espouse a little cockiness, it’s Cameron. Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, and the second place belongs to another Cameron film, Titanic.