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James Cameron’s Avatar was revolutionary

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No, shut up, it was. Yes, everything from the plot had been done better in Dances with Wolves or Pocahontas, but the fact it was popular doesn’t mean you are forced to dive in and exclaim how dreadful it was. Does that mean it was necessarily a good movie? No. Was it revolutionary in terms of technology, special effects, appeal and marketing? Yes. Yes, it was. Shut up.

But that was three years ago, and ever since then people have been waiting to hear what Cameron has planned next for the world of Pandora and its skinny-ass blue cat monster people. At the time of Avatar’s release, Cameron claimed that it took close to 15 years for technology to reach a level with which he was happy to make the film, so how long can we expect to wait for a sequel? And will there be any big surprises in store?

While discussing his recently released project – a 3D film extravaganza documenting the work of Cirque de Soleil – Cameron claimed to be working on both Avatar 2 as well as a third installment, but admits to facing difficult challenges. He told multimedia and lifestyle website Play Goes Strong:

[quote-symbol symbol1]I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, “You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third Lord Of The Rings. I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it.

And what methods, if any, does he have for developing these two sci-fi fantasy epics?

[quote-symbol symbol1]I’m deep into it and I’m living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it’s coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That’s when it gets fun. The characters talk and it’s writing itself. I’m almost there right now. It’s building fast.

When asked if he ever feels overwhelmed with the pressure of following up a movie as epically hyped as the first Avatar, Cameron claimed:

[quote-symbol symbol1]It’s a little daunting because sequels are always tricky. You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation.  At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I’ve walked that line in the past, so I’m not too worried about it.

Dates for the sequels are speculative at best, but there are shady rumours of a 2015 summer release. Will the sequels rely on the same mix of glitz and glamour, or will Cameron be aiming to create something slightly more substantial? Only time will tell.

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Did you feel Avatar lived up to the hype, or were you let down by the flimsy plot and over reliance on technology? What would you like to see in a sequel, and how would you like the world and characters of Pandora to change? Let us know!

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