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TV Fanatic announced in early summer that Halo, the video game franchise, is coming out with a TV series on Showtime. At the time, it was unknown when the series would come out.

Related: Halo: Live Action TV Adaptation Ordered at Showtime!

Although there are still no announcements on the actors who will play in the series, production is supposed to start sometime in 2019. I think the success of this series will lead to
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Zoe Saldana has wrapped filming on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3

After spending close to a decade in development, James Cameron finally kicked off production on his Avatar sequels this past September, beginning with Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which Cameron and his team are shooting back to back.

During a video presentation at CineEurope this past week, the filmmaker gave an update on progress with the sequels, revealing that the production was on day 130, and that Avengers: Infinity War star Zoe Saldana has already wrapped her performance capture work as Neytiri on the two movies.

Cameron already has completed scripts for Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, which again he intends to shoot back-to-back, assuming the first two sequels connect with audiences. Plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, but Cameron has previously teased that the sequels will deliver a “generational family saga” in the vein of The Godfather… albeit with tall blue aliens as opposed to Italian-American mobsters.

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James Cameron is looking to revolutionise 3D with the Avatar sequels

James Cameron says that his Avatar sequels will propel the world of 3D to exciting new places.

When Avatar came out back in 2009, it changed the face of movies. Cameron’s 3D blockbuster wowed audiences with its must-see visuals and became the highest grossing movie in history.

It’s been a long wait for the film’s sequels but Cameron says that the 3D technology used in the upcoming films will give the world of 3D a much-needed boost after it has been neglected by the industry.

Speaking at a Q&A session (via vfxblog), Cameron said: “Hollywood has done 3D a disservice by embracing post-conversion,” and says that he is saddened that because of film’s reliance on post-conversion, “Native production technology has basically stalled as of about three or four years ago.

“From my own perspective, since I’m not doing television production, I’m doing Avatar sequels – four of them.
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Avatar 2 Will Revolutionize 3D Claims James Cameron

Avatar 2 Will Revolutionize 3D Claims James Cameron
You may not be ready for the sumptuous 3D experience that James Cameron is promising to bring us with Avatar 2. Even though it's taken nearly a decade, Cameron is finally hard at work on getting his Avatar sequels, all four of them, ready for the public to take in. Story details are a little slim at the moment, but the director is assuring as that the long-awaited sequel will, at the very least, be a visual 3D feast the likes of which we've never seen before.

James Cameron recently spoke at the Vivid light festival in Sydney, Australia and spoke a bit about the advancements he's going to be making on his upcoming sequels. "I guarantee one thing. Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all going to be in 3D and they will look sumptuous," he said. He also says that "Hollywood has done 3D a disservice by embracing post-conversion,
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Avatar is becoming a “generational family saga” like The Godfather according to James Cameron

James Cameron has revealed that the long-awaited Avatar sequels will take on a quality not unlike The Godfather, becoming a “generational family saga”.

We have been waiting for James Cameron’s much talked about Avatar sequels for quite some time. The first movie rocked the box office way back in 2009 and Avatar 2 isn’t scheduled to hit cinemas until December 2020.

While this is still a long way off, Cameron has offered a little glimpse into what to expect from the upcoming sequels. Explaining in a recent interview (via io9) that the new films will become a family affair:

“I found myself as a father of five starting to think about what would an Avatar story be like if it was a family drama, if it was The Godfather. Obviously very different genre, very different story, but I got intrigued by that idea. So, that’s really what it is.
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James Cameron Compares Avatar Sequels to Godfather Saga

James Cameron Compares Avatar Sequels to Godfather Saga
James Cameron took a break from filming his highly-anticipated Avatar sequels to promote his upcoming series AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story Of Science Fiction, and he has shared some new details about these sequels. Filming is currently under way on both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which are shooting concurrently at Manhattan Beach Studios, with the filmmaker comparing these sequels to the iconic Godfather trilogy. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below.

"It's a family drama, so it's The Godfather. Obviously a very different genre (and) a very different story but I got intrigued by that idea, so that's really what it is. It's a generational family saga very different than the first film. Now, it's the same type of settings and the same sort of respect for that shock of the new that we want to show you things that not only that you haven't seen, but you haven't imagined,
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James Cameron Says He Hopes Audiences Will Get "Avengers Fatigue" and Compares Avatar Sequel To The Godfather

With Titanic and Avatar, director James Cameron has made two of the most financially successful movies ever! The director is now currently in production on his four Avatar sequels. It's going to be really interesting to see how those turn out and how audiences will react to them when they start to be released. Since the first movie was released, Marvel Studios has made a huge impact on Hollywood and the kinds of films that we are seeing today.

Over the past ten years, Marvel Studios has built something incredible and the hype for Avengers: Infinity War is epically exploding! It doesn't seem like the excitement for these films is going to die down anytime soon. But, that doesn't stop James Cameron from hoping that audiences will start getting "Avengers fatigue" soon! While talking to Indie Wire, the filmmaker said:

"I’m hoping we’ll start getting 'Avenger' fatigue here pretty soon.
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James Cameron is hoping for Avengers fatigue

With Avengers: Infinity War just a few days out from release, filmmaker James Cameron has taken a moment out of production on his four Avatar sequels to share a few words on superhero movies and their dominance of the multiplexes.

“I’m hoping we’ll start getting Avenger fatigue here pretty soon,” said Cameron in an interview with IndieWire. “Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”

Of course, when Warner Bros. tried to do something a little different than your typical hyper-gonadal male superhero movie with last year’s Wonder Woman, Cameron wasn’t particularly impressed either, stating that Patty Jenkins’ movie was a “step backwards” for the portrayal of females in film.

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Surprise: Avatar 4 location revealed! Massive!

James Cameron, who is currently busy working on the Avatar sequels, has reportedly gone on to reveal that Avatar 4 will be filmed near Navi village in Estonia. He went on to spill the beans about this location at a recent press conference on March 31.

When he was asked about why he picked this location, James Cameron has stated that an old friend of his has recently settled in Estonia and that the folk tales that he has got to hear about the place and its people is best suited and beautifully connected to the characters in Avatar 4....

Avatar 2 is “Avatar on steroids” according to Stephen Lang

Stephen Lang, returning for Avatar 2, has called the film “Avatar on steroids”.

It continues to be a long wait for the sequel to one of the most successful movies in history. James Cameron’s Avatar broke the box office upon release in 2009 and sequels have been promised ever since.

We are now getting a multitude of new Avatar films and actor Stephen Lang, who plays Miles Quaritch, has told Screen Rant what people can expect from the sequel.

When asked about the ways in which Cameron is using new technology in the film, Lang highlighted the movie’s underwater nature:

“I mean, look it’s no secret that we’re doing a lot of underwater motion capture, which, in itself is groundbreaking, it just hasn’t been done.

“There’s something about the world being undersea. That is extremely beautiful, fascinating, challenging to him. So, you know, there’s sections that take place.
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James Cameron on his Avatar sequels, pushing boundaries and taking risks

James Cameron is a busy man at the moment, with the filmmaker currently in the middle of his ambition plan to shoot Four sequels to 2009’s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar. Nevertheless, he managed to take some time out of his schedule to speak to IGN about his new TV show Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, during which he also provided an update on said Avatar sequels.

“It doesn’t matter how much you dress it up with great production design and great visual effects. If the story is not working, if you don’t connect to the characters, it’s just simply not going to work,” said Cameron. “Of course, we can’t afford for it not to work, the budget level that we are dealing with. But, of course, you always have to give yourself permission as an artist to fail no matter what the stakes are.
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James Cameron: “If Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5”

After close to a decade in development, production is now finally underway on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, with the filmmaker embarking on his hugely ambitious plan to shoot four films consecutively. The production will however be taking a break between the first two sequels and the latter two, and it seems that Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 may not yet be set in stone.

“Let’s face it, if Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5,” Cameron tells Vanity Fair. “They’re fully encapsulated stories in and of themselves. It builds across the five films to a greater kind of meta narrative, but they’re fully formed films in their own right, unlike, say, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, where you really just had to sort of go, ‘Oh, shit, all right, well I guess I better come back next year.
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James Cameron has ‘Cracked the Code” on Underwater Mo-Cap System for ‘Avatar’ Sequels

James Cameron has always been at the forefront of technology when making a movie. From the groundbreaking effects in ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day‘ to the invention of the motion capture technology used in the first ‘Avatar‘, Cameron always seems to be developing some new technology for his current project. Cameron’s output in the last decade of his career has pretty much been contained within the aforementioned ‘Avatar‘, as well as a few documentaries. But that doesn’t mean that James Cameron hasn’t been busy developing new technology in the meantime.

Since the release of ‘Avatar’ in late 2009 (hard to believe that was almost 8 years ago) Cameron has been busy developing the technology (and story) to build out the ‘Avatar‘ universe in interesting and unique ways. It was reported back in 2010 that the sequels would take place largely in an underwater environment, but is seems that, according to James Cameron,
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Avatar: threat to future sequels if next film flops, admits James Cameron

Simon Brew Nov 28, 2017

James Cameron admits that he won't get to make all of his planned Avatar films, should the box office not deliver...

James Cameron is finally in production on his Avatar sequels, with the plan being to shoot Avatars 2, 3, 4 and 5 pretty much back to back. However, there is a gap between films two and three, and four and five. And it seems at that stage, it leaves an exit should the movies not be making the expected amounts of hard cash for 20th Century Fox.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Cameron concedes that “if Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5”.

He explained that “they’re fully encapsulated stories in and of themselves. It builds across the five films to a greater kind of meta narrative, but they’re fully formed films in their own right, unlike,
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Future Avatar Movies Will Be Canceled If Avatar 2 Bombs

Future Avatar Movies Will Be Canceled If Avatar 2 Bombs
After eight long years of waiting, James Cameron is finally filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. He also has scripts written and plans to make Avatar 4 and Avatar 5. While it previously seemed like those movies were part of the package, that may not be the case. As James Cameron warns, Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 will be completely dependent on the box office performance of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview.

"Let's face it, if Avatar 2 and 3 don't make enough money, there's not going to be a 4 and 5. They're fully encapsulated stories in and of themselves. It builds across the five films to a greater kind of meta narrative, but they're fully formed films in their own right, unlike, say, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, where you really just had to sort of go, 'Oh,
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James Cameron Admits ‘Avatar 4’ and ‘5’ Aren’t Guaranteed, Kate Winslet’s Character Revealed

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James Cameron Admits ‘Avatar 4’ and ‘5’ Aren’t Guaranteed, Kate Winslet’s Character Revealed
Remember Avatar? You probably do, because the film was a Titanic-sized hit for director James Cameron, taking in a worldwide box-office gross of over $2.7 billion, thus making it the highest-grossing film of all time. Yet despite this blockbuster status, Avatar seems curiously removed from the public consciousness. That’ll change soon, as Cameron is set to unleash four Avatar […]

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James Cameron Talks About His Avatar Sequels and "Building a Greater Kind of Meta Narrative"

After years of preparation, James Cameron is finally shooting his Avatar sequels. The first of these sequels is set to hit theaters eleven years after the original and fans are wondering if these sequels are going to be just as successful.

We don't know much about the story, but we do know that a lot of this first sequel is going to take place underwater and we are going to be introduced to a lot of new characters. Most notably the kids of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri's (Zoe Saldana), who will play a large role over the course of the sequels.

During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Cameron talked about the sequels and also working with his Titanic star Kate Winslet after all these years:

“She’s very excited about it. She blazed through for a couple of days of rehearsals and saw the world that we had created,
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James Cameron on the technical challenges of shooting underwater on the Avatar sequels

Although plot details on James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels are being kept tightly under wraps, we do know that the movies will explore the oceans of Pandora, with Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 in particular set to feature a number of underwater sequences.

Given that the Avatar movies rely heavily on performance capture, this change of environment has raised a number of technical challenges for Cameron and his crew, which the filmmaker has discussed in a recent interview with Collider.

“It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras,” said Cameron. “The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers,
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The Underwater Mo-Cap Of James Cameron’s Avatar Sequels Will Be Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen

James Cameron is clearly plotting something very, very special with his Avatar sequels.

In what is surely the textbook example of a tale that grew in the telling, Cameron’s franchise has now ballooned to five – count ’em five – instalments, with four CGI spectaculars slated for release between 2020 and 2025. As we speak, the illustrious filmmaker is hard at work developing Avatar 2 and 3, which are poised to dive deep into Pandora’s lush oceans over the next few years.

It’s a tantalizing story expansion that Cameron isn’t taking lightly, either, given he’s employing motion-capture technology…underwater. Now how’s that for pushing the envelope?

Speaking to Collider ahead of the NatGeo special, Titanic: 20 Years Later – incidentally, James Cameron recently paved the way for a Titanic reunion by casting Kate Winslet for the Avatar sequels – the director outlined the reasons why underwater filming can be so difficult.
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James Cameron Talks About Using Underwater Motion Capture for the Avatar Sequels

One of the very first things we learned about The Avatar Sequels was that writer/director James Cameron would be taking the characters underwater on Pandora. Cameron has been hyping that the follow-up films will offer brand new visuals and a good chunk of these will happen underwater. But shooting motion capture underwater is something that has pretty much never been done before. It turns out that developing this process is part of the reason it has taken so long for The Avatar Sequels to happen.

Recently Cameron sat down with Collider and talked about the process of shooting underwater motion-capture for Avatar 2 and 3 which is currently in production and as Cameron explains, it sounds incredibly hard:

“Well, we’re doing it. It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base,
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