James Cameron Is Shooting All 'Avatar' Sequels at Once

Monday, 18 April 2016 - 7:18PM
Monday, 18 April 2016 - 7:18PM
James Cameron Is Shooting All 'Avatar' Sequels at Once
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We were shocked when James Cameron announced that Avatar, still the world's highest-grossing film by a mile, would be getting a whopping four sequels at Cinema-Con last week, to debut in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023, and we were definitely skeptical about how he would get it done. After all, it's been seven years since the first film and we still haven't even gotten one sequel. But Cameron has an Ace up his sleeve as to how he's going to go about doing it: He's going to film all four movies at the same time.

That is a massive undertaking, to say the least, but that's the plan. Here's what the director said about it in a recent interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland:

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"It's not back-to-back. It's really all one big production. It's more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we'll be shooting across all [Avatar scripts] simultaneously. So Monday I might be doing a scene from Movie Four, and Tuesday I'm doing a scene from Movie One. … We're working across, essentially, eight hours of story. It's going to be a big challenge to keep it all fixed in our minds, exactly where we are, across that story arc at any given point. It's going to be probably the most challenging thing I've ever done. I'm sure the actors will be challenged by that as well. It's like, 'No, no, no, no, this person hasn't died yet, so you're still in this phase of your life.' It's a saga. It's like doing all three Godfather films at the same time."
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OK. Except The Godfather movies didn't have a crazy amount of CGI. And there were only three of them. Anyway, this plan sounds absolutely nuts, but we're holding out hope that Cameron can pull it off. Avatar was a movie theater experience that still hasn't come close to being replicated, and we'd love to get that experience another four times... or at least once!

Via: Collider.
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