Cameron says Avatar sequels coming together

CARIS BIZZACA
Last updated 12:51 11/08/2014

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Pandora isn't as far off as you might think, with James Cameron saying he's nearly finished the scripts on the "mega project" he calls Avatar 2, 3 and 4.

For Cameron, life is a constant juggling act between his two passions - filmmaking and deepsea exploration.

While many remember Cameron helmed Titanic, they perhaps don't know the Oscar-winner also travelled to the ship's grave himself and directed the 3D IMAX documentary Ghosts of the Abyss in 2003.

Although he's known for sci-fi flicks including Aliens and The Terminator, in another underwater doco Aliens of the Deep, he got up-close to the strange beings living far beneath the surface of our own planet.

And when Avatar was in production, it wasn't the only record-breaker being made.

At the same time Cameron was making the world's highest grossing movie, a submarine was being created so he could dive to the deepest possible part of the ocean.

It was a feat he achieved on March 26, 2012, and the claustrophobic expedition is now the focus of a new documentary Deepsea Challenge 3D.

But with that done and dusted (bar the press tour), Cameron says, "now I'm fully dedicated to Avatar 2, 3 and 4."

"Which are sort of, I call a mega project because we're doing all three together."

"Where I am right now is the scripts are almost done, much of the preliminary design work has been done, so new creatures design, new settings, environments, other places you'll see on Pandora and other places in the Avatar universe.

"So it's all coming together, it's all right on track."

He says it's not the typical, but they're making all three at the once and then they will hit cinemas one after the other over a few years.

"They'll drop a year apart, so they stay within the public consciousness as one big story," he says.

"Christmas 2016, Christmas 2017 and Christmas 2018 is the target."

The countdown is on.

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