James Cameron Updates Avatar 2; Talks Release Date & Peter Jackson Had It Easy
James Cameron informs LifeGoesStrong.com that he's working on both Avatar 2 and 3, and also jokes that his friend Peter Jackson had it easy for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
"I'm working on 'Avatar 2' and 'Avatar 3.' I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, 'You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third 'Lord of the Rings.' I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it," Cameron said and continued with an update on the movies. "I'm deep into it and I'm living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it's coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That's when it gets fun. The characters talk and it's writing itself. I'm almost there right now. It's building fast."
As Avatar grosses $2 billion plus at the box office, the Oscar-award-winning director is asked if there is any pressure with the follow-up, in which he replies that there is none.
"Pressure, no. It's a little daunting because sequels are always tricky," Cameron said. "You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I've walked that line in the past, so I'm not too worried about it. At the same time, I definitely have to deliver the goods…As for a release date that will be determined by when I get the script out. No pressure!"
Avatar arrived in 2009 and took movie goers by storm amassing the largest gross for any movie with $2.02 billion worldwide with a U.S. gross of just over three-quarters of a billion dollars. It's first three opening weekends saw the film average around $70 million.