James Cameron to shoot three Avatar sequels at once

Article by Earnest Cavalli at Digital Trends.

Remember a few months back when James Cameron claimed that for the foreseeable future he would only be working on Avatar sequels and the occasionally documentary to satisfy his affection for the deep sea? Apparently that was no joke, as a recent interview with Sigourney Weaver claims that the next three Avatar films are going into production all at once.

Fans of the original Avatar will likely recall a rather major plot point that involved the death of Weaver’s character, so unless there’s some kind of ecologically-friendly alien magic keeping her alive indefinitely how much sense does it make that she should be prominently featured in the next three flicks?

Wait, that’s exactly what it is, huh? Weaver did die in the first movie, but her mind/spirit/connection to Gaea is going to live on eternally as some kind of spiritual advisor. Sorta like Obi Wan, only with more tongue-in-cheek references to that time she punched an Alien Queen right in the telescoping mandible. Granted, we have no insider information to support this idea, but if Weaver’s character isn’t some kind of ethereal forest spirit who offers stern warnings to the human forces that upsetting the balance of nature on Pandora will end in their bloody defeat, we will be stunned. Doubly so if the spirit doesn’t speak with a ton of reverb and isn’t a shade of ethereal green — any more blue would be a bit gauche, no?

Avatar 18 Inch Doll Figure - Jake Sully Avatar Form Hot Toys

AVATAR’s Jake Sully

JAKE SULLY of James Cameron’s epic AVATAR has finally joined the Sideshow line:

Featuring a light-up figure stand, this brand new JAKE SULLY figure is a testament to the skills at the studio and an awesome way to add a little colour to your display shelf. Plus, check out this awesome list of features!

* Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Jake Sully in the movie AVATAR in the Pandora scene
* Realistic 1:6 scale, standing approx. 18 inches / 45 cm tall
* Over 30 points of articulations
* Highly detailed head, body sculpture and painting in Na’vi Avatar skin color and patterns
* Wig with strings of beads
* Movable tail
* Four (4) pieces of interchangeable palms including:
* One (1) pair of relaxed palms
* One (1) right palm for holding gun
* One (1) right palm for holding knife
* One (1) brown sash
* One (1) green loincloth with strings of beads
* One (1) right forearm gauntlet
* One (1) pair of leg armors
* One (1) long gun
* Six (6) grenades with harness
* One (1) knife with sheath and harness
* One (1) piece of feathered hair accessory
* One (1) visor
* One (1) headset and one (1) mic on throat
* One (1) choker
* One (1) pair of arm bands
* One (1) pair of feathered arm bands
* Light-up figure stage imitating the Pandora scene with transparent pillar

James Cameron on AVATAR 2

Good news for Avatar fans! Even as the film heads into theatres, James Cameron isn’t letting the opportunity for more 3D viewings (or more cash) slip by: a re-release is in the cards with about 10 extra minutes of new footage added in.

But more than that, Cameron recently made official all the talk about Avatar 2. SlashFilm has the news.

The Los Angeles Times has interviewed James Cameron to promote the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Avatar. The interview features a bunch of newsworthy bits, including a confirmation that Avatar will be rereleased theatrically in August with new footage, and that the sequel will focus on the Oceans of Pandora. Check out the highlightes below:

* In March it was rumored that Fox was considering rereleasing Avatar in theaters in Fall 2010, possibly with additional footage. Cameron confirms the rerelease and extra footage: “We’re working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film — which includes a lot of Weta work — for a theatrical re-release in August.”
* Avatar 2 will take us into the oceans of Pandora: “We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film. ” … “Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.” Sounds good, but the question is, when can we expect to see the films on the big screen?

Cameron also talks about why he doesn’t want to just produce movies, how the enviormental impact of Avatar might change his outlook as a creator, and how he is becoming more fascinated by the reality of the science-fiction world in which we live than the sci-fi we see in television/movies/books.


For collectors, we’ve got some news on a new set of toys that’s just arrived over in our Avatar section. A pair of banshees, new Jake Sully figures, even a pair of awesome viperwolves. Make sure to check ’em out if you’re into the film. And take note: each one comes with a holographic card that, paired with your webcam, brings the Avatar experience to you. It’s a pretty awesome addition to the collection if I do say so myself. Check ’em out here: