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‘Avatar’ Producer Says Sequel is “Four Years Away”

Those holding
their breath for the Avatar sequels are
going to be plenty blue, as producer Jon Landau has dated the first installment as “four years away.” Avatar creator and cinematic mastermind James Cameron expressed his
plans for shooting two sequels back-to-back in time for Christmas 2014 and 2015, but do the math and either Laundau is lying or things are behind schedule.

As distant as Christmas
2016 might sound, it could be in the film’s best interest. The longer Cameron
has to work on the technology, the more of a visual leap forward the sequels
will be. Given the waning audience interest in 3D, a supernova-sized tentpole
project from the guy who basically helped invent the cameras that have become the industry standard might be the shot in the arm the format needs.

Bleedingcool
got the word from Landau, who promised Avatar
2
’s technical improvements would include better motion-capture work and a
higher framerate. Landau, who produced the sci-fi epic that became the highest
grossing movie of all time, parsed out the details at a screening for the 3D update
of former box-office No. 1 Titanic,
which is due for re-release Apr. 6.

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