Typical. You wait nearly a decade for a new Avatar movie, then four come along at once. Well, maybe not for audiences – the plan is still to release them sequentially – but for the cast and crew, the four films are bring made in one big block.
“The thing is, my focus isn’t on Avatar 2; my focus is on Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5 equally,” Cameron emphatically tells The Daily Beast. “That’s exactly how I’m approaching it. They’ve all been developed equally. I’ve just finished the script to Avatar 5. I’m now starting the process of active prep. I’ll be working with the actors in the capture volume in August, so I’m booked in production every day between now and then.
“Our volume is up and running, and everything is designed, and so we’re going full-guns right now. I feel like I’ve been let out of jail, because I’ve been in the writing cave for the last two years. I’m actually enjoying life. I don’t enjoy writing. I wouldn’t wish writing on a dog.”
The film series’ star Sam Worthington (Jake Sully) also spoke about the films’ unique scheduling to We Got This Covered, saying, “They’re going to be shooting concurrently. The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. Whenever he says jump I go because he’s the man.”
Worthington also teases a little but about what audiences well get to see storywise: “I’ve read all the scripts – they’re great. This is going to be Jake eight years later, and he’s got a family now. This film is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen. The world is bigger than the first one, but essentially, it’s a movie about family. Jake will still have that essence of a kid seeing the world for the first time, but he’s been living in the world for a while now, so what’s this world he’s seeing now for the first time? The film will explore that within this family dynamic.”