Avatar Sequels To Be Back-To-Back?

August 9, 2010 by  
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avatar300James Cameron offered the strongest hint yet that the sequels to Avatar will be filmed back-to-back (alá Lord Of The Rings) this weekend when he spoke to MTV.

The Oscar-winning director confirmed that although no contracts have been drawn up for the follow-ups, he has been thinking long and hard about how to progress the story of the Na’avi people and their pesky human neighbours.

“We’re still working on deals for Avatar II,” he told reporters. “We don’t start the movie until we get the deals worked out. I’m making notes. I’m not sitting idle.”

When the film-maker was pressed on the possibility of filming the sequels concurrently he said: “We’re actually talking about that. That’s not a decision yet. That is something that makes a lot of sense, given the nature of these productions, because we can bank all the motion capture and then go back and do cameras over a period of time.”

Cameron went on to suggest that although series filmed in such ways could suffer as cast and crew tire after an extended shoot, he believed Avatar 2 & 3 would not be affected in such a way: “The way these back-to-back productions fall apart is that you’re trying to do two live-action films back to back, and you’re working on it for a year and a half, shooting. Everyone is dead. It’s not humanly possible. This type of film, it absolutely would work.”

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