Sigourney Weaver Says Three 'Avatar' Sequels In The Works: [ send to a friend ]
Sigourney Weaver, who starred as Grace in 'Avatar', says James Cameron plans to shoot three sequels to the box office blockbuster once filming begins.
Weaver says that she has been told they will be making three sequels to 'Avatar' and will film them back to back to save on production costs.
Although she does not know how long a time period that will span.
"I just show up," she says.
Director James Cameron has not commented on Weaver's remarks, but he hinted last month that more 'Avatar' films were in the works beyond the sequel.
"I'm in the 'Avatar' business. Period," Cameron told the New York Times when asked about his other projects. "That's it. I'm making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I'm not going to produce other people's movies for them. I'm not interested in taking scripts."
"And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think, within the Avatar landscape, I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way."
"Anything I can't say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I'm continuing. I've done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I'll hopefully do a lot more. In fact, I'm doing one right now, which is on this, the Deep Sea Challenge project that we just completed the first expedition."
As for when filming might begin and how far along he is into the sequel, Cameron explains: "We've spent the last year and a half on software development and pipeline development. The virtual production methodology was extremely prototypical on the first film. As then, no one had ever done it before and we didn't even know for two and half years into it and $100 million into it if it was going to work."
"So we just wanted to make our lives a whole lot easier so that we can spend a little more of our brainpower on creativity. It was a very, very uphill battle on the first film."
"So we've been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing. We haven't gotten to the design stage yet. That'll be the next."
'Avatar', which won a number of awards, including Oscars for best cinematography, visual effects and art direction, grossed more than $2 billion worldwide.