From innovative sci-fi filmmaker to over-funded has-been, James Cameron has had an interesting life in films. Whether you liked it or not, it’s near impossible to deny the success of 2009s AVATAR (it is the highest grossing film of all time, after all). While the plot was painfully cliché, the characters little better than cut-outs and the dialogue was just downright bad, the visual spectacle was quite breathtaking and, GRAVITY aside, remains the highpoint for 3D films.
Whether he’s making engaging and thoughtful action films or the overly sentimental TITANIC, Cameron’s worth ethic is never to be ridiculed. He’s been writing 1,500 pages worth of notes which will then be used by a four strong team of writers to pen the AVATAR sequels.
Cameron revealed during the LA Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival that he’d hired four writers, comprised of Josh Friedman (of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) and Shane Salerno (of ARMAGEDDON) to head up 3 more additions to the franchise. If nothing else the writing should be a cut above the predecessor. Maybe AVATAR’s problems stemmed from it being such a bull-headed affair on Cameron’s part. The future’s looking blue.
The second AVATAR film is expected for a December 2016 release, with December 2017 and 2018 thereafter.
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