James Cameron talks writing the Avatar sequels

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Director James Cameron has talked about how he’s approaching the scripts for Avatar 2 and 3 , revealing he’s not forming them as a proper trilogy.

“We’re shooting two films back-to-back,” he tells Fox News, “so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc.

“Not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that.”

The filmmaker’s first Avatar film opened in December 2009 and went on to become the highest grossing film ever made – even trumping Cameron’s own Titanic .

The director went on to add that he can handle the pressures of crafting a sequel to such a successful movie as he’s already done it before.

“There’s always an expectation,” he says. “I had to deal with that after The Terminator back in 1984. All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was, ‘What are you doing next?’

“But my job is take the audience on a journey and entertain them. The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora.

“I don’t think about that stuff, about standing on a red carpet. It has its own life, really. The characters have their own lives.”

Avatar 2 opens December 2014, while Avatar 3 opens December 2015.

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