Director James Cameron has been talking about his planned trilogy of sequels with an emphatic outburst of expletives (though he is merely preparing us, it seems…). The Oscar winning director told Empire:
“They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will s**t yourself with your mouth wide open,”
Back in 2011 Cameron was looking into shooting the films at 60 frames-per-second, but explained that he has decided against that, and opted to shoot it at 48 fps instead:
“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.”
This will be the same frame-rate that The Hobbit was filmed in, which is still universally unaccepted due to its infancy (many people complained upon its release of receiving headaches and feeling motion sickness).
Speaking about the unique writing process on parts 2, 3 and 4 with screenwriters Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno, Cameron explained that he initially sat down with all four writers to work on the plots for all the sequels:
“I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together,” Cameron said, “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.”
Cameron is currently working on North Island, New Zealand and has said to have developed quite a friendship with the Hobbit crew and Peter Jackson himself.
Avatar 2 is set for release in December 2016, with Avatar 3 and 4 following in 2017 and 2018.