Roger “Wolverine” Friendman has caught up with Sigourney Weaver at the premiere of her USA Network show, Political Animals, and talk turned to the Avatar sequels. According to Weaver, three sequels are set to film this autumn (well, “film”) but she has no idea “how long it will take.”
Weaver has already said that she’s read drafts of Avatars 2 and 3 and that she’ll be in both. Perhaps the creation of this fourth film is just shifting things around a bit, spacing the drama out?
Cameron’s idea, I’m pretty sure, is to do the performance capture and photography all on one big block and then space the post production out over the next few years. It could be several years.
Cameron had been suggesting a fourth instalment quite recently, but not that it would be produced in the same block as parts 2 and 3, which were always intended to be produced at once. Makes a lot of sense, however.
Beyond the films, you may recall, Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment are planning any number of ancillary “experiences” – novels, comics, theme park attractions, video games and, I’d imagine, lunch boxes.