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Sequel Movie News - Avatar 2 Caution and Top Gun Excitement (And Thor 2 Loses a Director)

9 December 2011 1:35 PM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Tom Cruise has confirmed he is working on a 'Top Gun' sequel.  In other sequel movie news, director James Cameron reminds fans not to jump to conclusions on Avatar 2 (or Avatar 3) while 'Thor 2 is short a director, Patty Jenkins has dropped out. Follow all the updates below. Another Top Gun? Tom Cruise wants one.  The 'Mission Impossible' star wants to do a follow up to the 1986 action movie – which featured the actor as an advanced fighter pilot – that is in "the same kind of tone" as the first film. Tom said: "We're working on it. I hope we can figure this out to go do it again. "If we can find a story that we all want to do, we all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same »

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James Cameron Says Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 Will be a Treat for the Eyes

18 October 2011 2:56 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

James Cameron recently sat down with Dateline to discuss "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3," revealing that he will be writing the scripts for both films and is working on worlds unlike anything audiences have seen before. "It takes place on Pandora. I'm writing the second and third films together. It completes a three-film story arc," he explained. "We will see the ocean of Pandora, which we haven't seen at all. That is an eco-system that I am dying to design. It's going to look spectacular. Instead of the rain forest or nature, it focuses on ocean issues. Because we have a planet that is a blue planet. If you look at it from a distance, earth is a lot more blue than it is land mass. And there will be other planets as well, aside from Pandora. It will be a treat for the eyes." Even though the director believes »

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Avatar 2 and 3 Details Revealed in James Cameron Dateline Interview

18 October 2011 10:13 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

James Cameron recently sat down with Dateline to discuss Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which the director reveals will include never-before-seen new planets. James Cameron also explained that he will be writing the scripts for both films together, so that all three Avatar movies will follow one long story arc. You can checkout the interview, along with a transcript, below.

Click to watch James Cameron Discusses Avatar 2!

First, James Cameron discussed the fact that he is writing both scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 together, and that much of this next sequel will take place underwater. He also reveals that we will see new planets in these next two films in the franchise.

"It takes place on Pandora. I'm writing the second and third films together. It completes a three-film story arc. We will see the ocean of Pandora, which we haven't seen at all. That is an »

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James Cameron Talks ‘Avatar 2′ & Sigourney Weaver’s Return

12 October 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

James Cameron recently opened up a bit about Avatar 2 while on hand to receive his  “Breakthrough Award” from Popular Mechanics, in honor of his achievements in film technology.

Sigourney Weaver was the one who actually introduced Cameron for his award, so naturally, the Avatar 2 talk ventured into the area of Weaver’s character, Dr. Grace Augustine, and her rumored return for the sequel [Spoiler Alert]… despite the fact that her character seemingly died in the first installment.

In the forthcoming quotes, Cameron tries to play coy about Dr. Augustine’s return in Avatar 2 - a tactic which is totally undermined by the fact that Weaver herself said in another interview that she knows the stories for both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, and that she would indeed be back. Check out the ...

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James Cameron Teases Sigourney Weaver’s ‘Avatar’ Future

12 October 2011 2:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Avatar creator James Cameron has confirmed Sigourney Weaver’s return to the sci-fi franchise despite her character being killed off in the 2010 original.

‘Have you ever heard of non-linear storytelling? A lot happens on that planet before she shows up, and before Jake shows up to join her. She’s there for fifteen years ahead of time. I don’t know, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions,’ stated the filmmaker.

So Dr Grace Augustine could be seen in flashbacks, or possibly a prequel? Well this is science fiction — and James Cameron — so things may not be that simple.

‘Okay, here’s the deal. When you have a science-fiction series, a science-fiction franchise, you’re never dead, unless your DNA is expunged from the universe. And then there’s always time travel!’

A Sigourney clone? Evil twin? Time traveller? Obi-Wan Kenobi-esque ghost? Little is known about the upcoming Avatar 2, »

- Joe Taylor

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Disney Reveals More Details About Planned ‘Avatar’ Theme Park Addition

21 September 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Yesterday, the Walt Disney Co. announced [2] their plan to bring Pandora to the Magic Kingdom, in the form of an Avatar-themed attraction at Walt Disney World. While the decision made sense on a lot of levels -- Pandora actually seems like it'd be fun to visit, and an attraction based on the top-grossing film of all time is bound to make tons of money -- the initial reveal offered few answers to the obvious questions. Such as: Where? When? Why? How? We still don't have all the answers, but we do a few more details on the new "Avatar-land," including a (very) rough timeline and a general location. Read more after the jump. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs took to the official Disney Parks blog [3] to answer some of the most common questions from fans. Here are the highlights from his post: The Avatar attraction »

- Angie Han

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Disney to announce Avatar theme park attractions

20 September 2011 5:38 PM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

By the time that the sequel to Avatar hits theaters in three years, you could go to Disneyland and ride on an Avatar theme park ride.

A story is breaking that the Walt Disney Company is about to announce that they have secured the theme park ride license for Avatar, and will build rides and attractions into its Florida and California theme parks. The deal is unusual for Disney in that it's only made theme park attractions for two other high profile properties that it didn't own, namely Star Wars (through the Star Tours motion ride) and Indiana Jones.

Avatar is still the highest-grossing movie of all-time, and with an Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 being developed right now by creator James Cameron, there's plenty of new stories to be told about the distant world of Pandora and the tall, blue-skinned Na'vi.

Disney lost out when Universal picked up the »

- Patrick Sauriol

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James Cameron to Shoot Avatar 2 at 60 Frames Per Second!

20 September 2011 9:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director James Cameron is currently prepping to shoot the highly-anticipated sequels Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which will be released in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The filmmaker recently revealed that he wants a much higher frame rate, shooting 60 frames per second for these sequels. Here's what he had to say below.

"I think it is such an affinitive answer. But other people may choose 48 for other reasons. The 3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window. The reason I went down that path is because I believe it makes for better 3D. There were lots of arguments for why 48 and why 60. My feeling is if it is a software upgrade (for digital cinema projectors), do both. It doesn't change anything at the projector; you don't have to change the lamp house or the lenses. If you are uploading software you can upload »

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TSRn: Director James Cameron wants a faster ‘Avatar 2′

20 September 2011 9:02 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Scorecard Review news

News: James Cameron wants to shoot Avatar sequels in 60 frames per second, urging production and exhibition industries to shift.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Thoughts by Tsr: Sorry, in this case “faster” isn’t talking about the action-paced potential of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. This is insider-film geek stuff, so please feel free to ignore if you don’t follow this sort of thing. James Cameron is looking at 48 and 60 fps because it gives a more truthful image. The standard is 24 frames, made even more famous by Jean-Luc Godard with his quote, “cinema is truth 24 frames per second.”

Cameron “revolutionized” films with his 3D technology. While some feel 3D has already run its course, I feel it definitely has a place. Blaming 3D is moronic, blaming poor use of 3D is purposeful (yes, Dolphin Tale I am talking directly to you).

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- Jeff Bayer

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Cameron's Lightstorm Hires Kathy Franklin for Avatar

10 August 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

With the growing universe in Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 , James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment has hired Kathy Franklin as President of Franchise Development to expand the franchise and brand beyond the traditional licensing and merchandise. Here's the official announcement: Kathy Franklin has been named President of Franchise Development at Lightstorm Entertainment. Announced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, the hire signifies Lightstorm's commitment, in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox, to building the franchise and brand of Avatar beyond the traditional licensing and merchandising avenues. Cameron commented, "Anticipating the exponential growth of the Avatar universe, we looked for someone who could lead a team that will cement Avatar as a world class brand »

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James Cameron 'not planning Avatar trilogy'

22 June 2011 11:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Cameron has revealed that the upcoming Avatar sequels will not round out a trilogy. The Titanic director stated that he is writing two separate scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 respectively, promising that the films will each be able to stand alone, according to Fox News. "We're shooting two films back-to-back, so I'm writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc - not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I'm pretty excited about that," Cameron said. Cameron went on to state that while he feels the pressure to write quality sequels, he is not letting himself become overly stressed. "There's always an expectation," the 56-year-old said. "I had to deal with (more) »

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James Cameron Updates Avatar 2 and Avatar 3

22 June 2011 6:59 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Since making the highest–grossing movie of all time with 2009's Avatar, James Cameron has remained relatively quiet, executive producing the underwater adventure movie Sanctum and advising various directors on the wonders of 3-D (and, in some cases, deriding them for their use of the format).

Unsurprisingly, Cameron has also been hard at work on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which he told Fox News were both still in the script phase.

We're shooting two films back-to-back, so I'm writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a [thr]ee-film story arc — not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that.

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- Ryan Gowland

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James Cameron On Avatar 2 and 3 – Not a Traditional Trilogy

22 June 2011 5:41 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Love him, or hate him – but James Cameron definitely knows how to have fun! One script? Who’s writing only one script these days? That’s for babies! Make it double!

And what about the upcoming Avatar sequels? Let’s not make a “sequel” sound like a boring word, let’s break with the tradition and give the audience something completely new! Do you even know what I’m talking about right now?

Well, let’s clear some things out! You already know that Cameron is currently writing the sequel scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which will be released in 2014 and 2015. As some reports revel, both of these projects will be shot at the enormous Mbs Media Campus in Manhattan Beach, California.

But now, we have Cameron’s explanation of the whole thing! In an interview with FoxNews, director said:

“We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, »

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James Cameron Talks About the Avatar Series Arc and the Frustration of Converting Titanic to 3D

21 June 2011 8:11 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis were recently honored for their philanthropy at the Covenant House Gala in Los Angeles.  It has something to do with homeless youths, but more importantly, the event provided an opportunity to put a microphone to Cameron and ask him about the Avatar sequels and the 3D conversion in the works for Titanic.  Let's start with Avatar: “We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc -- not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that.” I first read this as a declaration, "Oh, we have no intention of stopping at Avatar 3."  An alternate interpretation: Cameron's current plans for the property end with Avatar 3, but the three movies are not necessarily linked by an arced plot structure centered on the characters we already know. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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James Cameron Says His ‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Not A Trilogy

21 June 2011 6:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Only James Cameron, the man with back to back biggest movies of all time, could get away with saying something like this. He's currently writing two movies called Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 says they're not a trilogy. Three films, same continuing story, not a trilogy. Okay James, whatever you say. In a brand new interview Cameron said that he's still writing both films but that they're not exactly a trilogy, more of  a "overall character arc." Read the exact quote and more updates on the films after the jump. Fox News [1] (Via Coming Soon [2]) caught up with the Oscar-winning King of the World and asked him for the latest on the follow-ups to Avatar, the biggest box office hit in history. We're shooting two films back-to-back, so I'm writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a [three]-film story arc – not really a trilogy, but just an overall character »

- Germain Lussier

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James Cameron Talks Unified ‘Avatar’ Trilogy

21 June 2011 12:17 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

James Cameron is someone who always swings for the fences when he crafts a new project, so people are (naturally) expecting his two sequels to Avatar to have a lot of ambition behind them. Speaking to Fox News (via FirstShowing) at a Los Angeles Covenant House Gala being held in his honor, he gave some updates on the two-film project. In addition to talking about his approach to writing the script, he also provided details on the new technology, as well as dealing with the expectations that a lot of people have.

When it comes to the screenplay, he said that he’s not necessarily looking at it as a trilogy, despite the fact that it will ultimately make up three films. (Which, really, makes it a trilogy.) His quote can be read below:

“We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will »

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James Cameron talks up the Avatar sequels

21 June 2011 11:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

James Cameron has been speaking out about those two Avatar movies that he’s currently in the process of writing. Keeping it all in the family, Cameron was talking to Fox News regarding the films, which will be shot back-to-back in a new studio facility in Manhattan Beach, California supposedly from next year.

Speaking at the Covenant House Gala in La, where Cameron and his wife were receiving an award for their charity work with the homeless, the filmmaker said:

“We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a [three]-film story arc – not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that,” he said. “We’re doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We’re creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so »

- Paul Heath

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James Cameron gives an update on the Avatar sequels

21 June 2011 9:15 AM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

December 2014 and December 2015 are the release dates currently set for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, and director James Cameron has been working on the scripts since the beginning of the year. With filming expected to begin next year Cameron still has plenty of time to finish them, and he gave at update on [...]

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Avatar 2 and 3 Not a Traditional Trilogy Says James Cameron

21 June 2011 8:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director James Cameron is currently writing the sequel scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which will be released in 2014 and 2015. The filmmaker revealed his Pandora franchise won't necessarily be a trilogy, and confirmed that all of the characters who lived in Avatar will return for the sequels.

We're shooting two films back-to-back, so I'm writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc - not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I'm pretty excited about that. We're doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We're creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that's not already dead is coming back."

We reported last month that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will be shot at the enormous Mbs Media Campus in Manhattan Beach, California. Producer Jon Landau indicated the sequels could created up to 700 jobs, »

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James Cameron on the Avatar Sequels

21 June 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Fox News talked to James Cameron at the Covenant House Gala in Los Angeles where the filmmaker and his wife Suzy Amis were being honored for their philanthropic work in helping homeless youth. He talked about shooting Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 back-to-back. "We're shooting two films back-to-back, so I'm writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a [three]-film story arc . not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I'm pretty excited about that," he said. "We're doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We're creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that's not already dead is coming back." And is he feeling the pressure now that Avatar is the »

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