James Cameron on Writing Avatar Sequels

James Cameron on Writing Avatar Sequels

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Director James Cameron was at the Hero Complex Film Festival last night discussing his masterpieces The Terminator and The Terminator: Judgement Day. And, as we all know, the film-maker is quite busy with Avatar sequels, planning to shoot all films back to back. His conversation at the event also shed some light on his writing process; hiring new writers (Josh Friedman, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa and Shane Salerno) to collaborate with him on penning all the scripts back to back.

Below, you can read from the man himself discussing in detail his work and how television helped him keeping up with three Avatar scripts.

So we put together three teams, one for each script. The teams consist of me and another writer on each one of the three [films]. So I'm across all the films and then each one of them would have their own individual script they were responsible for. But what we did that was unique was we sat in the writing room for five months, eight hours a day, and we worked out every beat of the story across all three films so it all connects as one, sort of, three film saga. And I didn't tell them which one was going to be there's individually to write until the last day. So everyone was equally invested, story wise, in all three films.

So, for example, the guy that got movie three, which is middle one of this new trilogy, he now knows exactly what preceded and what follows out of what he's writing at any given moment. We all consider that to be a really exciting, creative and groundbreaking experiment in screenwriting. I don’t know if that necessarily yields great scripts but it certainly worked for us as a process to get our minds around this kind of epic with all these new creatures, environments and characters and all that.

Cause the first thing I did was sat for a year and wrote 1500 pages of notes of the world and the cultures and the different clans and different animals and different biomes and so on. And had a lot of loose thematic stuff that ran through that but I didn't a concrete story. I wanted to approach it more like, "Guys we'e going to adapt a novel or series of novels." Because I felt that kind of detail, even if movies can’t ever be that detailed - it can be visually detailed, it can’t be that detailed in terms of character and culture. But you always get this tip of the iceberg kind of thing. You sense it's there off camera or in the past of the moment that you’re seeing. So I felt that was the way to do it.

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Source: /Film 

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Written by RohanPublished on 2014-06-01 22:29:03
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LegendMember5639 XPJun-02-2014 6:47 AM

I am going to collapse and faint from heart palpatations if I don't get this movie soon! 2016?! I don't know if I've the strength to wait that long! Blast it! ROHAN! Why do you keep tormenting me?! You're one of the cruelest and most wonderful people I've met on this site; but you're going to give this girl a heart attack! ;)


NoobMember0 XPJun-02-2014 8:46 AM

These films are going to be incredible, I know it!


NoobMember0 XPJun-02-2014 11:44 AM@Something Real: And, Cameron is torturing me, dear. :)

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LegendMember5639 XPJun-03-2014 7:57 AM

ROHAN - Well, at least I'm not going to be the only one experiencing a stroke. You and EVAN123 can keep me company. ;)

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