James Cameron Commits to Avatar 2 & 3

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James Cameron Commits to Avatar 2 & 3

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James Cameron signed a contract with Fox to make two sequels to Avatar due out in 2014 and 2015 set on Pandora.

We should have all known that this was coming. The amazing success of Avatar launched the 3D fad and a thousand blue Navi cosplayers. It only makes sense for James Cameron to expand the story and universe of the planet Pandora through more visually breathtaking films. The director said that Avatar 2 and 3 are the next two films that he will make, but it's clear that these films are very early in the planning stage given that we won't see them for 4 or 5 years. Cameron's statement announcing his plans was full of platitudes.

"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," Cameron said. "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."

Cameron did say each of the two sequels will have complete stories. "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."

Of course, Fox is happy with the deal, as they will likely continue to print money-hats stamped with Avatar. "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," Fox Film Entertainment Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman said, probably simultaneously and with shit-eating grins on their faces.

I saw Avatar in 3D the day it came out and I was blown away. I know that there has been a backlash amongst the nerds that Cameron did nothing new and that the story was predictable garbage, but I genuinely liked the film and I hope that these sequels live up to it.

Plus, I hope we get to see Giovanni Rabisi reprise his role as the squirmy businessman Parker Selfridge. I love that guy.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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2014, and 2015... Great... Hope the story is better this time. I liked 1, but its story wasn't as good as like District 9.

Not looking forward to this, I excpect they are terrible, or I hope the plot is like this.
http://m.fanfiction.net/s/6301642/1/

Awesome. I can't wait for some pretty pictures and more Dances With Wolves... in space!

Yay... There will apparently be two more movies I can hate with a fiery passion.

Greg Tito:

Plus, I hope we get to see Giovanni Rabisi reprise his role as the squirmy businessman Parker Selfridge. I love that guy.

It's Ribisi, Greg. :)

Also, "emotional horsepower"? Seriously, James?!

Since I thought Avatar was awesome I must say that I'm very pleased.

This could actually go really well, now that they've already got most of the character models and animation pre-done I'm hoping that there might be more concentration on storyline and introduce a couple of more interesting new characters. The "dark side" of the Pandora system could be an interesting direction...

So the Navi have been taken over and serve as forced labour for the humans. The run away and travel through some "underground rootroad" to safety. There's the second movie.

The third one, I don't know, the first Navi space president?

Edit: As I'm required by federal law when talking about Cameron or Dion with international audiences. "On behalf of Canada we appologize for this man and his undeserved ego. He used to be cool, we don't know what happened. Sorry, we're so sorry"

I genuinely enjoyed the first movie. I'm not sure if these will be as good, but I'll look forward to it, and judge it then.

Can't there just be one film anymore? Avatar's ending was decisive enough.

Avatar had flaws, but the story itself wasn't one of them ("Unobtanium" was, though). I enjoyed the movie, just not enough for it to be nominated for Best Picture. Maybe the sequels will be good, but that really doesn't happen often. I'm not going to hold my breath.

Also, for a site full of nerds, I'm always surprised people don't say the plot is just Dune in the jungle.

I actually find the movies less annoying than the crazy subculture that has sprung up in the wake of them. It's just bizarre. I mean, my ancestors, the Cree natives of Canada and other tribes throughout the world, have been living and preaching oneness with the land for CENTURIES, and now all of a sudden because some naked blue giants in a movie do it, it's the cool thing to do and everyone's weeping about it? Seriously?

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were attending a tradeshow for his company (which is hydroponics and other gardening such things) and talking to one of the other vendors, an older, kind of crazy, massive hippy woman with a muumuu and long, wild gray hair. She had someone else with her and when I asked who it was, she responded with, "Oh, that's ____. I couldn't get along without her. She's in my Avatar clan, too." Then she went, "Aaaa-oooo!", that weird cry from the movie, and I swear to God we heard an answering cry from the other side of the room.

That was REAL. That HAPPENED. This 50+ year old woman pretends to be a blue space kitty that runs naked through the trees. We just kind of went "Ah... buh... huh." and wandered off, slightly dazed. I mean, what the hell do you say to that?

we will not back off the throttle of Avatar's visual and emotional horsepower

There was emotional horsepower to that movie? You know, I liked the film as it made for a decent flexing of technical power in the visuals department but that's as far as it went in my opinion. I didn't watch it in 3D and it was still a visual feast for the eyes and I honestly don't feel 3D would have made the experience any more "emotional" than it was.

That being said one would hope that now Cameron has gotten his proverbial rocks off in the visuals department he will focus more on crafting a better story for the sequals.

Funny, I just got around to watching Avatar. Good visuals, story was okay(I never saw Dances with Wolves, so any similarities would be lost on me), and, most importantly, self contained. There is absolutely no room for a sequel here. The "great time of sorrow" is over. The story is over. There was no cliffhanger, no loose ends. The humans got their asses kicked off the planet, and nothing shy of orbital bombardment is going to get them back on.

Pass.

I really liked Avatar. Haters gonna hate. It was also my first 3D movie ever, so that really made an impression on me.
Since I've never read/seen the book/movie/whatever Avatar is stealing its' story then i genuinely loved it. Go team Blu(e)!

Hmm...
Avatar was a decent movie with a perdictable plot and awesome effects. It was good but it isn't the type of movie that needs or should have sequels, it's like Titanic in a sense.

I haven't even seen the first, and have absolutely no interest to either.

It just looks so shallow.

Cool. I look forward to seeing them.

Shame about the 3D thing though.

Now let the hate flow.

The main disappointment for me about Avatar was that it took so long to make, and it felt so rushed and patchwork. Two sequels in quick succession can only mean obvious cash in, with little regards as to the content. But then, we already knew that, what with Avatar being re-released into the cinema this year with a whole 9 more minutes of crap put in. Face it, for the last 20 years, Cameron has been after the moolah, and would have made a sequel to Titanic if he could have

I'm giving these a preemptive "miss"

Why...WHY?

The first movie was terrible, but at least it was fairly tight, with no dangling plot threads.

Although Hollywood has always been one for milking something until it is drained of blood.

Dora:
I actually find the movies less annoying than the crazy subculture that has sprung up in the wake of them. It's just bizarre. I mean, my ancestors, the Cree natives of Canada and other tribes throughout the world, have been living and preaching oneness with the land for CENTURIES, and now all of a sudden because some naked blue giants in a movie do it, it's the cool thing to do and everyone's weeping about it? Seriously?

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were attending a tradeshow for his company (which is hydroponics and other gardening such things) and talking to one of the other vendors, an older, kind of crazy, massive hippy woman with a muumuu and long, wild gray hair. She had someone else with her and when I asked who it was, she responded with, "Oh, that's ____. I couldn't get along without her. She's in my Avatar clan, too." Then she went, "Aaaa-oooo!", that weird cry from the movie, and I swear to God we heard an answering cry from the other side of the room.

That was REAL. That HAPPENED. This 50+ year old woman pretends to be a blue space kitty that runs naked through the trees. We just kind of went "Ah... buh... huh." and wandered off, slightly dazed. I mean, what the hell do you say to that?

that is scary and sad.

This isn't going to end well. Any students of American History out there, back me up (since I'm probably gonna get something wrong). The first movie could very well be a good parallel for the battle of Little Big Horn. Now think back to what the US's response to that was. I forsee a serious downer ending.

edit: although it could be worse, it could be "Avatar: the Animated Series." I'm thinking Ewoks levels of horrible here.

Bah, the story was done for all I'm concerned. I hope the humans Death Star that entire moon in part 2.

Sweet, since myself and millions of other people loved Avatar, we are happy to hear this.

I find it funny so many people are vocal about not liking a movie. It wasn't bad, I understand why people say they didn't like it. But the word hate is used so easily nowadays. Anyways, I would rather the next two tie into each other. But since it takes so long to make, I can be happy with stand alone plots.

Is there really enough room in the story for a sequel? I thought the film wrapped everything up into one giant happy ending: soldier-boy is reborn as an alien, evil army/corporation is stopped, the end. The sequel is probably going to suck unless it's nothing but Navi porn.

edthehyena:
Avatar had flaws, but the story itself wasn't one of them ("Unobtanium" was, though). I enjoyed the movie, just not enough for it to be nominated for Best Picture. Maybe the sequels will be good, but that really doesn't happen often. I'm not going to hold my breath.

Also, for a site full of nerds, I'm always surprised people don't say the plot is just Dune in the jungle.

Thank you! Avatar completely ripped off Dune. I thought i was the only one who saw this. You sir have earned my heartfelt respect, and you have made my night.
I honestly thought I was the only one who saw the glaring similarities.

When I first saw this, my initial reaction was negative, but then I realized that James Cameron has already made two of the best movie sequels of all time (Aliens and Terminator 2).

Awesome. Perhaps in the third movie, they'll be able to drop the saran wrap-thin allegory and introduce five rings that summon a silver Na'vi with a green mullet.

Quite the challenge. I've seen few fantasy/sci-fi films were the story feels more final, and where I get such a strong feeling of so little left to explore. (Not because Avatar was very detailed in its exploration of Pandora and the Na'vi, but because the Na'Vi culture simply was not very believable, detailed or interesting, and because Pandora mostly seemed like a collection of (fortunately) toned-down fantasy clichés and over-saturated jungles.)

I doubt that Cameron is up to it. But equally, or even more so, breathtaking scenery would probably draw me in for a second coming. A third, unless the storytelling grows drastically better, not quite as likely.

Korten12:
2014, and 2015... Great... Hope the story is better this time.

Sneaky-Pie:
Awesome. I can't wait for some pretty pictures and more Dances With Wolves... in space!

JourneyThroughHell:
Yay... There will apparently be two more movies I can hate with a fiery passion.

Greg Tito:

Plus, I hope we get to see Giovanni Rabisi reprise his role as the squirmy businessman Parker Selfridge. I love that guy.

It's Ribisi, Greg. :)

Also, "emotional horsepower"? Seriously, James?!

Yea we all know that saying Avatar sucks is the cool thing to do, but the truth is, it doesn't suck- it just has self-perpetuating popularity and is very overrated.....kinda like Halo. It certainly doesn't deserve the title of #1 highest grossing movie, but it's not nearly as bad as most of the dribble that hits theatres, and the extreme hatred is unwarranted.

Dances With Wolves wasn't the first to tell this story. I could find dozens of near-perfect matches for the story of most movies coming out today. The fact that we are ignorant of them is the only reason we don't rage over it in a similar way. The popularity of Dances With Wolves is a major cause of all this hate, and that movie's popularity is due to the fact that it has a GOOD STORY. That's right- Avatar too, has a GOOD STORY. It may be incredibly cliche and overdone, but these are byproducts of the story's success and popularity and don't mean that it's in any way bad. It's just not very original. IMO, the setting, the minor story elements, and the science fiction make up for this fact.
If there's one thing to complain about in Avatar, it's the acting, which was subpar, but not terrible.

Electrogecko:

Korten12:
2014, and 2015... Great... Hope the story is better this time.

Sneaky-Pie:
Awesome. I can't wait for some pretty pictures and more Dances With Wolves... in space!

JourneyThroughHell:
Yay... There will apparently be two more movies I can hate with a fiery passion.

Greg Tito:

Plus, I hope we get to see Giovanni Rabisi reprise his role as the squirmy businessman Parker Selfridge. I love that guy.

It's Ribisi, Greg. :)

Also, "emotional horsepower"? Seriously, James?!

Yea we all know that saying Avatar sucks is the cool thing to do, but the truth is, it doesn't suck- it just has self-perpetuating popularity and is very overrated.....kinda like Halo. It certainly doesn't deserve the title of #1 highest grossing movie, but it's not nearly as bad as most of the dribble that hits theatres, and the extreme hatred is unwarranted.

Dances With Wolves wasn't the first to tell this story. I could find dozens of near-perfect matches for the story of most movies coming out today. The fact that we are ignorant of them is the only reason we don't rage over it in a similar way. The popularity of Dances With Wolves is a major cause of all this hate, and that movie's popularity is due to the fact that it has a GOOD STORY. That's right- Avatar too, has a GOOD STORY. It may be incredibly cliche and overdone, but these are byproducts of the story's success and popularity and don't mean that it's in any way bad. It's just not very original. IMO, the setting, the minor story elements, and the science fiction make up for this fact.
If there's one thing to complain about in Avatar, it's the acting, which was subpar, but not terrible.

Nah.

It really wasn't that great of a film.

Electrogecko:

Yea we all know that saying Avatar sucks is the cool thing to do, but the truth is, it doesn't suck- it just has self-perpetuating popularity and is very overrated.....kinda like Halo. It certainly doesn't deserve the title of #1 highest grossing movie, but it's not nearly as bad as most of the dribble that hits theatres, and the extreme hatred is unwarranted.

Dances With Wolves wasn't the first to tell this story. I could find dozens of near-perfect matches for the story of most movies coming out today. The fact that we are ignorant of them is the only reason we don't rage over it in a similar way. The popularity of Dances With Wolves is a major cause of all this hate, and that movie's popularity is due to the fact that it has a GOOD STORY. That's right- Avatar too, has a GOOD STORY. It may be incredibly cliche and overdone, but these are byproducts of the story's success and popularity and don't mean that it's in any way bad. It's just not very original. IMO, the setting, the minor story elements, and the science fiction make up for this fact.
If there's one thing to complain about in Avatar, it's the acting, which was subpar, but not terrible.

I don't hate Avatar, I quite liked the movie, but it story wans't very good.

I liked Avatar, but don't want a sequel. The ending was very conclusive. Why mess it up?

Cameron really likes to give himself a tongue-bath, doesn't he? That was an awful lot of self praise.

Daedalus1942:

edthehyena:
Avatar had flaws, but the story itself wasn't one of them ("Unobtanium" was, though). I enjoyed the movie, just not enough for it to be nominated for Best Picture. Maybe the sequels will be good, but that really doesn't happen often. I'm not going to hold my breath.

Also, for a site full of nerds, I'm always surprised people don't say the plot is just Dune in the jungle.

Thank you! Avatar completely ripped off Dune. I thought i was the only one who saw this. You sir have earned my heartfelt respect, and you have made my night.
I honestly thought I was the only one who saw the glaring similarities.

For it to be a ripoff of Dune, Jake would have had to been crowned "Emperor of the known universe" at the end of the movie. Also there would have been more emphasis on Jake as being the "Destined Chosen One" of Na'vi legend. I can see some overlap in the "He who controls the spice, controls the universe"-bit, but "Dances with Wolves meets Tarzan" seems more apt.

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