James Cameron recently spoke to RTL.Fr about the upcoming three sequels to "Avatar" that are in the works and says that things are still in very preliminary stages:
"We're still in the early stages. Right now we're developing the software. I'm writing the scripts. We're designing all the creatures and characters and the settings, and so on. So, I'm not actually directing yet, but I'm doing all the other creative processes that lead up to that.
It's going very well. I think it's going to be spectacular. You'll see new worlds, new habitats, new cultures. The primary conflict between the human view kind of dominating nature and the Na'vi view of being integrated into nature is the same, but it manifests itself in very different ways."
Asked about the film's story and how it will progress from the first one, it sounds like Cameron hopes he'll surprise some people:
"The thing that's great about 'Avatar,' it's such a rich world, I can explore any theme or any idea that I want. Once you've got the characters that an audience loves, it's great to surprise them and make changes and turns that they don't expect. And you don't have to spend so much time of the movie setting up all that stuff, because the audience will remember from the previous film."
Despite the early stages, he says all the preliminary work is so that the production process can go much faster for the sequels than the four years it took for the film:
"We expect to be able to accelerate the process quite a bit, because we've improved a lot of the software and the computer graphics tools, and we've been working very closely with Weta Digital down here in New Zealand developing a whole new suite of tools to speed up the process."
Cameron confirms he hasn't made a final decision yet regarding high frame rates for either "parts" or the entire film. He adds that they'll probably be shooting at a native resolution of 4K with the hope that a lot of true 4K theaters will be installed by the time of the film's release.