According to an interview with James Cameron by New Zealand’s ONE News, he’s decided to buy a farm on the Island and is going to move on down there to shoot Avatar 2 and 3.
I’ve bought some property not far from Wellington, it’s a beautiful farm… I don’t think the nation should look to [Peter Jackson] in total dependence so I’m going do my part to foster and grow the New Zealand film community.
But… on the other hand, another new report from France says that the Avatar sequels may be shot over there. According to Le Parisien:
The government Thursday gave a boost to the project of the American giant Raleigh to create unprecedented film studios in Europe on a former military base near Toulouse.
The Avatars are said to be contenders to shoot there, at this as-yet non-existant studio. Hmm.
Now, I’m thinking the third way is rather more likely than either of these international relocations.
As producer Jon Landau and Cameron himself told me just a couple of weeks back, they’re working away in a new facility, taking over the old Manhattan Beach Studios.
It’s being tailored to suit their specific requirements for these films, and streamlined to be as environmentally friendly as possible. And they’ve been working in these buildings for months now. I don’t think they’re about to throw in the towel, emigrate, and try to boost the French economy/take the load off Peter Jackson.
And, you know, while we’re here, let’s knock this other persistant rumour on the head. Again.
Recurring scuttlebutt says that Cameron shot some footage for the Avatar sequels on his journey down into the Mariana trench.
But Cameron says… no.
The Avatar sequels will be with us… some day. People throw dates around all of the time, but Landau made it very, very clear to me that there’s no accurate information about their schedule in the public domain as yet. They’re still very much in the planning stages.
Well, whenever they come, I’ll be more than ready for them. And no matter where they come from too.
Cough Manhattan Beach cough.