With a solid opening for “Avatar,” talk in Hollywood is now turning to a possible sequel to the most expensive movie ever made.
And it looks like we’ll get even more of a good thing if director and writer James Cameron has his way. Cameron tells MTV News that he has a plan for a trilogy of movies for “Avatar.”
“We’ll follow Jake and Neytiri,” Cameron said. “I have a trilogy-scaled arc of story right now, but I haven’t really put any serious work into writing a script,” he said.
Cameron went on to promise that the time between films wouldn’t be as great as the one he took between directing “Titanic” and “Avatar.”
“From the time we capture and finish the capture, it’s literally nine to 10 months to get the CG characters working, to get their facial musculature working,” he said. “So now we have Jake, we have Neytiri. Sam can step right back into it, the characters will fit them like a glove, and we’ll just go on. So a lot of the start-up torque that had to be done for one movie really makes more sense if you play it out across several films.”
“My next goal is to refine the technique, make it easier so it doesn’t take as long. We were doing a lot of pioneering work on ‘Avatar.’ It wouldn’t have taken as long if we already knew exactly how to do it.”
Hopefully Cameron actually has an idea for making the films a legitimate trilogy and won’t follow the example of other recent trilogies like “The Matrix” and “The Pirates of the Caribbean.”