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James Cameron Says Avatar 2, 3, And 4 Will Make You Do This Unpleasant Thing

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James CameronJames Cameron is many things, but soft spoken and modest he is not. That’s part of what makes him so damn entertaining. With his Avatar 2, 3, and 4 all shooting back-to-back-to-back next year, you knew that was going to be at the forefront of his mind, and he’s got a lot to say on the matter, covering everything from how great they’re going to be to how they’re going to be “filmed.”

We expect a number of things from the upcoming movies, like a return to the magical alien world of Pandora, appearances from the likes of Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, and dazzling special effects. Aside from that, however, we don’t know much about the actual films. Talking to Empire, Cameron didn’t reveal any details, but he did say something very promising. In his words the Avatar sequels are “gonna be bitchin’.”

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Why James Cameron Says The Terminator Legacy Isn’t His Problem

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TerminatorJames Cameron may have created the Terminator back in 1984, and delivered the best two installments (the original, as well as 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day), but he’s not going to have much, if anything to do with the upcoming expansion of the franchise. He’s going to be plenty busy for the next little bit anyway, shooting three Avatar movies back-to-back-to-back starting next year, and he’s not particularly concerned about the path of his robotic creations from the future.

If you’re good at math, you may have noticed that this year marks the 30th anniversary of The Terminator, and to mark this momentous occasion, Cameron appeared at a special screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Afterwards he took some time out of Avatar prep to talk about what is possibly his most famous, or at most least beloved, cinematic creation with Empire Online.

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James Cameron’s Avatar 2, 3, And 4 Could Be The First To Use Futuristic Technology

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AvatarWhen James Cameron dropped Avatar back in 2009, it was, as much as anything else, a technological showcase. Regardless of what you think of the rehashed story, we’re talking about a spectacular looking film, one that uses 3D and depth of field like few others before or since. Cameron pushed the boundaries of his cameras and equipment in the first film, and with Avatar 2, 3, and 4 getting closer and closer to becoming a reality, the director could take a similarly trailblazing approach to the sequels.

Cameron took 3D, which has, almost since its inception, been relegated to schlocky horror and gimmick-filled midnight movies, and used it to make something grand and beautiful. He’s also been a big proponent of increased frame rates. As it stands, there’s only been one big time film that’s tried to show in anything but the standard 24-frames-per-second, and that was Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit, which, by all accounts, was a failed experiment (the follow up, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug returned to a more traditional presentation). A report at THR, however, posits that Cameron and Avatar 2 (and Avatar 3 and 4 as they’re all filming together) could use a new technique and technology to leapfrog past that.

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James Cameron Says Avatar 2, 3, And 4 Will Comment On The Modern World

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avatarWe’re about to embark on a massive expansion of the Avatar universe. Early next year James Cameron and 20th Century Fox plan to start filming Avatar 2, Avatar 3, and Avatar 4 back-to-back-to-back. One film will be released each year starting in 2016, and despite being that far away from seeing an actual movie on the screen, Cameron is already pumping up his latest ventures.

Talking to Variety, he doesn’t reveal any specific details about the new Avatar films, but he does disclose some of the things he hopes to accomplish, thematically, and how he wants the upcoming movies to comment on the current world.

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Zoe Saldana Confirms That Avatar 2, 3, And 4 Will Film Early Next Year

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neytiriZoe Saldana is going to be very, very busy for the foreseeable future, and it’s almost all sci-fi. Guardians of the Galaxy hit big at the box office this weekend, and now that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 already has the green light from Marvel, this brings the running tally of big-time franchises she stars in up to three. There’s also Star Trek and a little thing called Avatar to contend with, and every last one of them has sequels on the docket. Avatar actually has three in the works, and Saldana recently indicated that those films could begin production soon.

Vulture caught up with the star, who plays the badass green assassin Gamora, at a recent Guardians showing, and asked about her schedule coming up. Though full, she seems excited about it, and it sounds like she’s just waiting for word and she’ll paint herself blue and return to the distant world of Pandora. She says:

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Chris Pratt Tried Out For Both James T. Kirk And Avatar’s Jake Sully

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Star-LordAfter seeing the 20-minute preview of Guardians of the Galaxy recently, I predicted that, between that film and Jurassic World, actor Chris Pratt is about to be a huge star. He was great as lovable doofus Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks and Recreation, and he had a nice little supporting appearance in Zero Dark Thirty, but Guardians is his first big leading-man role in a massive film, and it looks like Peter “Star-Lord” Quill is a role Pratt was born to play. But if things had turned out different, somebody else might be playing Star-Lord this August, and Pratt could have been commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Pratt gets the spotlight in the new edition of Entertainment Weekly, and in addition to talking Guardians, he reveals that he tried out not only for the role of James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, but also for Jake Sully in James Cameron’s Avatar. And since Pratt’s name is neither “Chris Pine” nor “Sam Worthington,” those auditions clearly didn’t go the way he might have hoped. And apparently the Avatar tryout just added insult to injury. Pratt told EW:

They said they want somebody that says ‘that thing,’ that ‘It factor’… I walked into that room knowing I did not have that thing, and i walked out thinking I would never have that thing, probably.

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