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James Cameron talks writing 3 avatar sequels together

June 2nd, 2014 by Marc Comments

With the first sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 Avatar due to hit in December 2016, with another in 2017 then 2018, work is well underway. 

Writer and director James Cameron talked at the LA Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival at the weekend about the job of getting not just one sequel made, but three. Firstly he wrote out 1,500 pages of notes (!) and then he hired Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno to put these notes into one cohesive story.

“We tried an experiment. We set ourselves a challenge of writing three films at the same time. And I could certainly write any one of them but to write three in some reasonable amount of time – we wanted to shoot them together so we couldn’t start one until all three scripts were done and approved. So I knew I was going to have to parallel process which meant I would have to work with other writers. And the best experience I had working with other writers was in television when I did Dark Angel. The television room is a highly collaborative, fun experience. 

“We put together three teams, one for each script. The teams consist of me and another writer… so I’m across all the films and then each one of them would have their own individual script they were responsible for. But what we did that was unique was we sat in the writing room for five months, eight hours a day, and we worked out every beat of the story across all three films so it all connects as one, sort of, three film saga. And I didn’t tell them which one was going to be there’s individually to write until the last day. So everyone was equally invested, story wise, in all three films.”

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Source: Slashfilm

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….