James Cameron Writing Avatar 2 & 3, Better Not Call It A Trilogy

06.23.11 6 years ago 2 Comments

Kegger at Cameron’s house!

Look, I think it’s safe to assume that when someone creates a multi-billion dollar film franchise, that person is then allowed to live the rest of their life on a plane of existence that’s well above the rest of us. It’s at this higher level that those privileged few can experience life’s sweetest nectars, like socking a horse in the face, purchasing a mail order concubine or, in the case of James Cameron, writing three films about the same subject and then claiming that they’re not a trilogy. The dude made Aliens, for crying out loud, just let him ramble on about whatever the hell he wants to and just be sure to nod your head excitedly if he looks over this way.

In a recent interview with Fox News, Cameron was sure to carefully complicate the explanation of his current preproduction process.

We’re shooting two films back-to-back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a [three]-film story arc – not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that. We’re doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on.

I can’t help but picture Cameron up late at night with a flashlight under his blankets, simultaneously typing away on his laptop, while his feet hold a pencil that’s jotting away on a notepad. Again, when you’ve generated enough revenue, mortal rules are no longer applicable. When James Cameron gets asked if there’s pressure in writing two more Avatar juggernauts, modesty need not apply:

There’s always an expectation. I had to deal with that after ‘The Terminator’ back in 1984. All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was ‘what are you doing next?’ But my job is take the audience on a journey and entertain them. The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora. I don’t think about that stuff, about standing on a red carpet. It has its own life, really. The characters have their own lives.

I think the important lesson learned here today is that James Cameron has been pimpin, since been pimpin, since been pimpin. Dude already knows how to juggle massively successful films, can write three-script character arcs that are not trilogies and he can even keep his sh*t together around freaks in blue makeup. American hero? Psssh, obviously.

[via slashfilm]

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