James Cameron has been developing his “Avatar” follow-ups for some time, the films requiring a much more elaborate pre-production phase than most films.
With the original plan expanded from two to three sequels, there’s been delays as well as he and his team not only build and finalise the design of these worlds, but also get all three scripts in a place the filmmaker is happy with.
Whatever the result, it’s likely going to be amongst the most ambitious projects ever put to film. Speaking with EW, Cameron offered an update of where he’s at in the process:
“I’m in the process of doing another pass through all three scripts right now…Just refining. That’s in parallel with the design process. The design process is very mature at this point. We’ve been designing for about a year and a half. All the characters, settings and creatures are all pretty much [set].”
Filming is planning to take place entirely in New Zealand with all three films to be shot back-to-back when production finally gets underway. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will reprise their roles as Jake Sully and Neytiri, with Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang both set to return in a new capacity.