James Cameron

It’s been all of three years since James Cameron’s Dances with Ferngully the Last Rainforest Avatar was released and became the highest grossing film in human history.  And, in that time, Cameron—when not setting other world records, this time for deep sea diving—has been slowly building the CGI worlds and ecosystems that will make up the worlds of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.  He’s also been letting his already-considerable ego grow to even more gargantuan levels, going to so far as to tell director Peter Jackson that he “had it easy” when adapting Tolkien’s monolithic Lord of the Rings series into a trilogy of films.

Cameron recently gave an update on his progress with the two upcoming sequels, as well as how easy Peter Jackson had in on the Lord of the Rings sequels compared to him:

“I’m working on ‘Avatar 2′ and ‘Avatar 3.’ I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, ‘You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third ‘Lord of the Rings.’ I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it. I’m deep into it and I’m living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it’s coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That’s when it gets fun. The characters talk and it’s writing itself. I’m almost there right now. It’s building fast.”

Ok, sure, Cameron’s kind of a jerk, but the guy is responsible for the two highest-grossing films of all time, as well as writing and directing two excellent sequels to two already excellent films (Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day), so he does get something of a pass.

Speaking of sequels, Cameron also discussed whether or not he feels pressure when trying to make follow-ups to the most successful film of all time:

“Pressure, no. It’s a little daunting because sequels are always tricky. You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I’ve walked that line in the past, so I’m not too worried about it. At the same time, I definitely have to deliver the goods.”

No release date is set for Avatar 2 or 3 just yet, although 20th Century Fox has been pushing for respective 2014 and 2015 dates.

What do you think of the Avatar sequel news?

Source: Coming Soon