When movie mogul James Cameron told The New York Times that he was “in the Avatar business – period,” he wasn’t joking. Sigourney Weaver just told Showbiz 411 that she’ll be spending an unspecified amount of time filming back-to-back-to-back sequels of Avatar.
Cameron might be taking his sweet time exploring the depths of the sea and re-releasing Titanic, but he won’t be messing around much longer. Weaver’s comments suggest that the director will be shooting a total of three Avatar movies simultaneously. This comes after his own comments in which he said that he wasn’t interested in producing other people’s movies or reading other scripts.
But even the actress is a bit clueless as to how Cameron is going to pull off such a strenuous shooting schedule. She told the site:
“I just show up.”
Before heading into Pandora-land, Weaver has to finish up a couple of things, including shooting the TV drama Political Animals where she plays a divorced Hillary Clinton-type; and her run in Christopher Durang‘s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which starts November 12. After that, she’s all Avatar.
Though her comments aren’t too specific, it makes sense for Cameron to shoot all three sequels at the same time. From a production point, this will definitely be easier since each movie is so technologically involved. However, it might not be all that great for the script, especially if Cameron is also writing all three at the same time too. Let’s face it, the story wasn’t all that original.
Looking at Weaver’s schedule, it seems like it’ll still be a good while before Cameron actually starts shooting the thing. Avatar 2 is set for a 2014 release date, but that will most likely be pushed back a year.
What do you think? Is it a good idea for Cameron to shoot all three sequels at once?