James Cameron gives update on Avatar sequels

James Cameron is currently hard at work on bringing the Avatar sequels to life, but has taken time out to give a brief update on how things are progressing in Pandora.

“I'm working on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 ,” says Cameron to Play Goes Strong . “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.”

As for whether he feels any pressure over following up such a staggering success as Avatar , the director is predictably confident. “Pressure? No,” he replies. “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.”

Avatar 2 doesn't currently have a release date, but it's tentatively expected to open in 2015.

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