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How Do You Follow Up ‘Avatar’? James Cameron Announces Plans For Two Sequels

How do you follow up the highest grossing movie of all time? A movie that broke box office records and, for better or for worse, can be attributed with starting the 3D trend that has yet to produce a movie that has captivated audiences as much as its forebear. James Cameron has answered that question with the recent announcement that he is working on a second and third sequel to Avatar, with the plan to film both concurrently. Filming will begin in 2011 but 20th Century Fox announced the second film won’t be released until December 2014 and the third a year later. Cameron said in a statement:

In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar‘s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I’m looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild.

Shockingly he didn’t refer to the, “I see you,” line of dialogue from last year’s mega hit, which he brought out for a few cringe inducing awards show speeches including the Golden Globes. Cameron may have an ego the size of the Great Wall of China, but, considering his track record, it seems justified. Although his statement was lacking in specifics, in an interview with the LA Times in April, Cameron hinted at what audiences can expect in the follow up. He said:

Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.

The blockbuster auteur has faced impossible expectations before and surpassed them with Terminator 2, Titanic and Avatar, so creating a followup to the highest grossing film of all time probably just seems like another day at the office.

[E! Online]

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