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James Cameron talks of 'daunting' Avatar sequels

James Cameron

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Cameron has been talking about the “daunting task” of writing his Avatar sequels.

In an interview with the site Play Goes Strong, the director revealed that he is still writing the follow-ups to his box office record-breaker.

And he said that he was finding the work hard.

“It’s a little daunting because sequels are always tricky,” he explained. “You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation.”

Adding that he was “living in Pandora right now”, he said: “There is that startup 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.”

The revelation does, however, mean that Cameron won’t start shooting the sequels as early as he had hoped. He previously said that he’d hoped to have the scripts completed by February this year, with a view to commencing shooting before the end of the year.

It also means that a release date for either film has still yet to be set.

“That will be determined by when I get the script out,” he said, before adding that he wouldn’t delve into plot specifics until he had discovered himself what direction the stories will take.

Cameron has also recently picked up the film rights to The Informationist as a possible future directing gig. Based on a novel by Taylor Stevens, the story would follow a woman who works as an information dealer for the elite.

He won’t direct that film until work is complete on Avatar though.

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