Although there have been talks about making the second and third films in a single production, work on the movie will only start when the deals are worked out.
Even before "Avatar" is proven to be a box office hit, James Cameron has stated that there will be a follow-up. The filmmaker has now affirmed that the sequel will indeed be made, but it still waits for the deals to be worked out. " 'Avatar 2'... we're still working on deals. We don't start the movie until we get the deals worked out. I'm making notes. I'm not sitting idle," he tells MTV Movies Blog.
The helmer further reveals that two upcoming "Avatar" films which are planned for the trilogy may be shot back to back. "We're actually talking about that. That's not a decision yet," he says, before adding "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."
While other live action movies could have a problem when filmed back to back due to great demands on the participating cast and crews, the largely CG environments of the planet Pandora makes it more possible because it only requires a smaller commitment. Cameron explains, "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."
While he is up for back-to-back shooting, Cameron is against the idea of filming in 3-D. "I can't shoot 3D. It's too difficult," he tells MarketSaw via telephone. "There are too many problems. It costs too much. It adds 6 months to post-production. They won't be able to say any of that stuff. That stuff is all garbage."
As he has yet to start working on "Avatar" sequel(s), Cameron says that he is focusing on finishing the novel. "What I'm working on primarily is the novel," he says in the interview with MTV. The "Titanic" director further says about the novel, "I didn't want to do a cheesy novelization, where some hack comes in and kind of makes s--t up. I wanted to do something that was a legitimate novel that was inside the characters' heads and didn't have the wrong culture stuff, the wrong language stuff, all that."
In the meantime, "Avatar" which debuted on December 18, 2009 will be re-released in the U.S. on August 27. To MarketSaw, Cameron reveals that new footage that can be seen in the "Special Edition" version include scenes set in the rainforest, a hunting sequence, a lot of flying and high impact action, a Na'vi counterattack after the bulldozer attack and an emotional scene near the end. More of the glad love scene and Grace at the school as well as Stingbat and Stumbeat creatures will also be added in the re-release.