James 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.