James Cameron surpassed his own box-office record in 2009 with the release of Avatar, a film that ended up grossing a gargantuan $2.5 billion. However, the director is not prepared to rest on his laurels, after insisting that he is under pressure to deliver when it comes to the sequels.
Cameron, who has delivered some of the highest grossing films from Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Titanic, as well as Avatar, will return to direct three more Avatar films as shooting will commence with all three following a one year turn around of release for each film. After Avatar, the sequel will be highly anticipated, but can it live up to the first?
“Obviously, expectations are going to be very high on these films, especially on Avatar 2, to make sure it wasn’t just some big fluke the first time. So we’ve got to deliver. I’ve created a nice rod for my own back, so they say,” Cameron told Entertainment Weekly via Squareyed.
Cameron has been working on the Avatar sequels and has revealed that he’s currently working on tidying up the scripts.
“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.”
The next Avatar film is scheduled for a release in 2017.