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Avatar Sequel Under Way

Avatar Sequel Under Way

With Avatar making over $1 billion at the box office, director James Cameron is thinking about how best to bring the Na’vi back to the big screen for the next installment.

Sam Worthington has already signed on for the sequel, EW reports, and James is already dreaming up ideas for the second Avatar film. Here’s what he had to share with EW:

On proving people wrong: “Let me put it this way. All of those naysayers, the nattering nabobs of negativity, the people who were saying that the movie looked bad before they had even seen anything – you have to learn to ignore them. That’s something that I learned on Titanic. But yeah, it’s satisfying that I was able to prove them all wrong.”

On planning ahead for future movies: “I’ve had a story line in mind from the start – there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel. It just makes sense to think of it as a two-or-three-film arc, in terms of the business plan. The CG plants and trees and creatures and the musculoskeletal rigging of the main characters – that all takes an enormous amount of time to create. It’d be a waste not to use it again.”

On what he did on opening weekend: “Some people treat opening weekends like Election Day. They stare at the computer screen and watch the numbers change. I don’t. I go away. I just went off and stared at the fire and read some books. I can disconnect like that.”

For more on Avatar, check out EW, on newsstands Friday (January 15)!

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  • MAC

    One is good enough

  • Opinion

    one isn’t good enough, ya nut! – keep em coming!!

  • ignizgt

    awesome…
    now, we have to wait a couple of years…
    then… BOOM !

  • VNY

    Woot! Good stuff!

  • Ilia

    I can’t get enough of this movie. Keep ‘em coming!

  • dundies

    lol election day

  • http://hollywood-hot-gossips.blogspot.com hollywoodgossip

    really good stuff.

  • Jules

    Another made for Hollywood Movie, the white guy saves the primitives. Smh

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    ..Cameron rules. he can do anything he wants. he’s earned the right.

  • Celia

    FINALLY, Entertainment Weekly puts Avatar on the cover. I never thought it would happen!

  • wow

    on billion at the box office – is it really a good movie or just hype – haven’t seen it so just asking those that have.

  • buckley

    could he be anymore smug?

    no plans to see this cheesefest

  • http://www.esperanto.net Brian Barker

    I like neither na’vi nor klingon as the future global language. Especially when you have to dress up for it :D

    We also need a future international language. One which is easy to learn, as well !

    And that’s not English ! Esperanto ?

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  • Lilianne

    To wow…it really IS a good movie. I saw it right after Christmas with my family and everyone loved it from my husband down to my 15 year old daughter.

  • istar

    AVATAR…. THE SEQUEL?! OMFG… IM SO EXCITED :DDD

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    @wow: the movie is decent. it’s all special effects. storyline was blah. if you take way the special effects the movie would have done decent numbers (nowhere near a billion). honestly. good film, great special effect. you can live without it, trust.

  • yeah

    I personally loved the movie, it was amazing in all areas and levels. Will definitely watch the sequel(s), and hello Sam Worhtington, h*ll yes! ZS also did very well I think, hopefully she’ll be in for the next installment.

  • layla

    YAY!!! OMG I can’t wait!! Avatar is the best movie I have ever seen!!! :D

  • Jaye

    Cameron doesn’t rule, the CGI rules. If if weren’t for that the movie would be nothing. I don’t know why he’s patting himself on the back so much. He spent about upwards of $500 million making the movie, it is reported form some sources; I know he was sweating bullets, but he seems to have a bad attitude too.

  • http://twitter.com/ItsCindyg Cindy

    A sequel? yes yes!. :D

  • Jen

    yay!!! I loved the first one! I like his attitude, he’s confident, but to some it comes across as arrogant but whatever.

  • Jax

    It is a wonderful movie. I will definitely see all sequels and at the theater too which I never go to, figuring the rental will do just fine. But I won’t miss the experience of seeing it at the IMAX. I can’t believe this movie has already made a billion dollars after a month in the theaters. That is surely some kind off huge record breaking take. Imagine what it will make after disk sales and overseas stuff.

  • xxx

    They better not ruin it though :(
    and it better not take another ten years

  • Ian

    I just hope it doesn’t take another 15 years to release the sequel!

    And James Cameron said the sequel will follow Jake and Neytiri.

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  • jessica

    Nooo! One is enough!

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  • Mikhail

    I am so excited to hear about the Avatar sequel, this movie became my favourite , I hope james cameron makes the sequel as fast as possible.

  • LunaKiss

    honestly, the first one doesn’t have a original storyline, it’s the same old typical story with typical ending …
    unless if they came up with a better storyline, it’s basically just the same …
    we are already used to the special effect .. lol

  • micky

    I’m so in love with that movie.
    Avatar is amazing and Jim Cameron is one of the best directors.

  • Rockd

    I to had reservations about the movie, but it blew me away. Instead of calling a cheesefest, or whatever, get away from your computer located in your parents basement and go enjoy yourself for once. That is what a movie is for after all, enjoyment, escapism. Once you’ve seen it, then go back to your parents basement and blog about it with the other 35-40 year old single, virgin, balding losers in the chat rooms.

  • http://dlisted.com lakers fan in boston

    i thought it was a pretty good movie
    loved the special affects and the whole story behind the movie was interesting as well
    it’s just crazy thinking that there will be 3 of them, imagine each one make a billion, crazy money 0.0

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    great movie and can’t wait for part 2

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    @MAC:

    nope not enough

  • Sean

    The people trash talking this movie are all way too picky, what were you all expecting, a heart-felt romance or a drama? If you didn’t go into this movie expecting the best CGI we’ve ever seen, awesome 3D (if you saw it in 3D), and a whole hell of a lot of action, then you shouldn’t have gone to Avatar. This movie is exactly what a movie is SUPPOSED to be, it creates a new world and immerses the audience in it. And to the person saying Cameron shouldn’t be patting himself on the back. He damn well should be patting himself on the back considering he was the one that developed the 3D technology used in the film – without him this kind of 3D would not have been created. I recommend you get your facts straight before going off on quite clearly the most successful director to have a sci-fi centric career with only a couple of exceptions.

    To not create at minimum a trilogy of films using this vibrant world that Cameron has created would be an artistic travesty – and that is why his movies are the way they are, he tries to make an artistic statement and doesn’t care one bit about the insanely critical musings of bloggers.

  • AL

    AVATAR is the most AMAZING film I have seen since the original Star Wars. People are so dumb, if you take the special effects from any sci-fi film, the movie will not be the same. What do you think the special effects are for, dumb dumb!

    It is science-FICTION, not science-factual.

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    Ridiculous.

  • mesimpson

    Avatar was a great introduction for me to sate of the art 3D tech. The visuals were awesome. But like many others, I thought the storyline and characters of the film ran a distant second behind that, about as far away as Pandora is from Earth.

    For the sequel, Cameron won’t have first mover advantage with the 3D tech like he did this round. By that time, we will all have seen about 30 other 3D films and the tech will be commonplace. If he doesn’t hire some writers to tell an engaging story for the sequel, it’s going to get panned even more by the critics than this first one did, and I probably won’t go.

  • zaleea

    I am so excited Avatar 2 WHEN!

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