In a recent interview, James Cameron spoke about the possibility of ‘Avatar’ sequels, saying that if there are going to be sequels they could well be shot back-to-back.
Cameron said of ‘Avatar 2’ that “we’re still working on deals and so we don’t start the movie until we get the deals worked out.” He said he’s also “making notes” for the sequels and is also working on a related novel that fleshes out the back stories of Pandora, Na’vi culture and the film’s characters.
The director added that one potential plan being floated is shooting ‘Avatar 2’ and ‘Avatar 3’ back to back. “That’s not a decision yet, but that’s something that makes a lot of sense given the nature of these productions as we can bank all the capture and then go back and do cameras over a period of time.”
Cameron, who recently shot some extra footage for the deleted scenes part of the ‘Avatar’ special edition DVD and Blu-Ray release, added “The way these sorts of back-to-back productions break, the way they fall apart is you’re trying to do live-action films back-to-back and you’re working on them for like a year and a half shooting. Everybody’s dead. It’s not humanly possible. But in this type of film it absolutely would work.”