James Cameron gives big update on Avatar sequels

News Simon Brew
14 Apr 2014 - 07:54

James Cameron on Avatar, Prometheus, Resident Evil and a subtle recent edit to Titanic...

Taking a break from what we suspect is the exhaustive work involved in preparing three Avatar sequels for production, James Cameron took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session over the weekend. Inevitably, the subject of his new Avatar films came up.

Cameron wrote that "The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They're essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks".

Adding that "there hasn't been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie", Cameron also played down the rumour that Arnold Schwarzenegger was set to appear as a villain in one of his new Avatar films. "As of right now, he and I have not discussed it, and I don't see a role as the scripts together that would be appropriate for him, so I would say probably not", wrote Cameron.

On other matters, Cameron named Resident Evil as his favourite guilty pleasure movie, although noted that "I just like that film! You don't have to defend a guilty pleasure". On Prometheus meanwhile, when asked how he felt about the movie, he wrote "I thought it was an interesting film. I thought it was thought provoking and beautifully, visually mounted, but at the end of the day it didn't add up logically. But I enjoyed it, and I'm glad it was made. I liked it better than the previous two Alien sequels".

And one bit of trivia: Cameron subtlety re-edited re-releases of Titanic to incorporate the right star fields in the background of the movie. This was after criticism from Neil DeGrasse Tyson. As Cameron now writes, "if you watch the film now, the stars are correct".

You can read the full AMA here.

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