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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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Avatar 2, 3, And 4 Reveal Who Wrote What Script

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AvatarJames Cameron is packing up and heading back to the faraway world of Pandora for the foreseeable future, as he is getting ready to film Avatar 2, 3, and 4 back-to-back-to-back. After the 2009 original raked in a record-setting $2.8 billion, Fox is certainly optimistic that, with the three sequels at the center of their upcoming roster, they’ll be able to start printing their own money. Shooting a trio of movies consecutively necessitates having three finished scripts at the ready. Cameron brought in teams to work on each individual screenplay, but until now, we didn’t know who wrote what.

While Cameron handled the script for Avatar himself, like he has with many of his films, but realized that this was a herculean undertaking, and brought in teams of outside writers to work with on the follow ups. A while back, he talked about the process of writing three scripts simultaneously. Cameron basically collaborated with one writer, or team, on each story, bouncing back and forth, tweaking continuity and narrative to create a coherent trilogy of films. He compared the experience to working in the writer’s room on his short-lived TV series Dark Angel.

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Licensing Expo Provides New Looks At Jurassic World, Terminator, And Many More

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The annual Licensing Expo is underway in Las Vegas. This is traditionally where we get our first look at the potential marketing materials, logos, and whatnot for tons of upcoming films and TV shows. As far as genres go, they run the gamut, but there is always a rather strong sci-fi showing in the house, and this year is no exception.

These images, from Coming Soon, feature things that are coming up on the schedule shortly, even a few movies and shows that we’ll actually see this summer, as well as things that are barely in the planning stages and that we won’t lay eyes on for years to come. But when has it ever been too early to get excited for an exciting science fiction project, or a new adaptation of a beloved property?

Jurassic World

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Sigourney Weaver Will Play A Different Character In Avatar 2, 3, And 4

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AvatarWe’ve suspected (or known) for quite some time, pretty much since the first film, that Sigourney Weaver was going to come back for James Cameron’s Avatar 2, 3, and 4, which are all scheduled to begin production at the same time later this year. She’s said she’ll be back, Cameron has said she’ll be back, and even though her character, Grace, dies in Avatar, we didn’t see that as much of an impediment to her return. This is Hollywood after all, where people routinely come back from the dead. We’re not easily surprised. Well now it’s official that Weaver will return, and we have potential news on how as well.

Last month in an interview, Weaver said, “my part is a little different in each one…I’ll transform somewhat.” See, we told you her return was basically a done deal. She and Cameron have even hinted at various ways she could return, but now that things are getting closer—the scripts for all three movies are reportedly finished—and production is imminent, things are getting a bit more in depth.

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