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.
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)!