After years of development and more of pre-production, it looks like the multiple “Avatar” sequels are finally getting ready for the key part of its production process – the motion capture elements.
Speaking with The Daily Beast director James Cameron confirms that the scripts for the four films are now set and the actors will be coming together later this year to begin the motion-capture work:
“The thing is, my focus isn’t on Avatar 2. My focus is on Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 equally. That’s exactly how I’m approaching it. They’ve all been developed equally.
I’ve just finished the script to Avatar 5. I’m now starting the process of active prep. I’ll be working with the actors in the capture volume in August, so I’m booked in production every day between now and then.
Our volume is up and running, and everything is designed, and so we’re going full-guns right now. I feel like I’ve been let out of jail, because I’ve been in the writing cave for the last two years. I’m actually enjoying life. I don’t enjoy writing. I wouldn’t wish writing on a dog.”
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver are all confirmed to be returning for the films which Cameron and Jon Landau will produce. Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno worked on the scripts with Cameron who is directing all of them.
At last report, 20th Century Fox plans to release the first of the sequels in cinemas on December 2018. The next ones will premiere that some month in 2020, 2022 and 2023.