After a lengthy pre-production period of several years, actual shooting on the three sequels to James Cameron’s “Avatar” is almost ready to begin. Cameron himself seems pumped for filming on the back-to-back production, telling Empire this week that audiences are going to be in shock from the films:
“I can tell you one thing about them. They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will s–t yourself with your mouth wide open.”
One surprising bit of news, Cameron has pulled back on plans to shoot the new films at 60 frames-per-second and is instead sticking to the 48 frames-per-second process which Peter Jackson used whilst filming “The Hobbit” trilogy.
“My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market. I’ll be plugging into a system that’s a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point.”
He also spoke a bit about the writing process for the script for the three films that he and four others writers all worked together on and how he came up with a way to get them invested in the overall trilogy of sequels before they took on the jobs of tackling the individual scripts:
“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. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie.”
The trio of films are currently headed for a 2016, 2017 and 2018 release.