James Cameron is busy writing the AVATAR novel; says sequels may shoot back-to-back
Right Ascension 14h 39.6m; Declination -60 degrees 50'. That is the location of the Centaurus star system where the planet Pandora can be found. 6801 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028. That's the address of the Kodak Theatre where James Cameron's AVATAR garnered multiple awards at the 82nd Academy Awards earlier this year. That's a long way to travel for any filmmaker (or astronaut for that matter), but we've all heard that Cameron and company plan to revisit the world of the Na'vi; they might even go for a swim this time out.
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The universe of AVATAR looks to expand into different mediums as well, with an in-depth novel that's ever closer to being finished:
"I never had a chance to get the novel done while we were making the movie," admits Cameron. "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."
It's possible for AVATAR to enter into the world of publishing with the potential to become the next STAR WARS of books - employing sci-fi/fantasy writers to take what Cameron and his team have created and develop it even further. Cameron certainly seems to be thinking of taking AVATAR in that direction:
"I don't mind opening the universe, but I just don't want that to happen until I've got more meat on the bones. That all needs to be filled in before other writers can come in and run with it."
On shooting AVATAR 2 and 3 (just like THE GREEN HORNET might be planning) back-to-back, Cameron seems to think that is a very real possibility, mainly due to the added commitment of shooting such complex films:
"We're actually talking about that. That's not a decision yet," he said. "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." Cameron explains further,"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."
AVATAR looks to take over the cultural mantle of STAR WARS (which is becoming more Geek Sheik everyday) and HARRY POTTER (all the books are in and the last two films are almost upon us), filling the void between the literary and cinematic world for fanboys and gals everywhere. Whether or not this universe has the staying power of STAR WARS remains to be seen, but expect the galaxy of AVATAR to stay in our neck of the pop culture woods for a very long time.