James Cameron is currently working on the scripts for his Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 in New Zealand, with production scheduled to begin sometime in the near future. Very little is known about the story for these follow-ups, except that fans will be taken back to the magical land of Pandora. During a new interview with Empire, James Cameron doesn't offer any story specifics, but revealed that they will be "bitchin."
"I can tell you one thing about them. They're gonna be bitchin'. You will s--t yourself with your mouth wide open."
The filmmaker did clarify one technical aspect of his sequels. Despite rumors that he planned on shooting at 60 frames per second and, most recently, at 120 FPS, James Cameron said that he has settled on shooting at 48 FPS, like Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.
"My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market. I'll be plugging into a system that's a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point."
James Cameron is working on the scripts for these sequels with a team of writers, including Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) and Shane Salerno (Savages). The filmmaker discussed the process of bringing these writers together, and how he didn't tell them which movie they would be working on until the last day.
"I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together, and I didn't assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they'd tune out every time we were talking about the other movie."
Since the upcoming issue of Empire is guest-edited by Peter Jackson, James Cameron talked about his growing friendship with the filmmaker, and how he and his writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens made a contribution to the first Avatar.
"When Neytiri is holding Jake and she's just brought him back to consciousness, the 'I see you' line was suggested by them. It might have been Peter who said that."