James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels Start Filming Next Year

In case you were worried that Hollywood was lacking in the blue people and motion capture department, news from Slash Film confirms that James Cameron will finally start filming Avatar 2 and 3 next year. Expect to see more eco-drama after the tireless director wraps up his scripts (by February, he hopes) and starts filming in late 2013.

“I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don’t want to be writing the movie in post production. We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don’t want to do that again,” he told press at The West Australian while attending the New Zealand premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. So basically, Cameron pulled a total Kanye/Taylor Swift on Peter Jackson.

The Titanic filmmaker is looking to Jackson’s movie to see how audiences embrace the new High Frame Rate (aiming to be the new industry standard at a minimum of 48 frames per second, that can cause people to feel sick). “If there is acceptance of 48, then that will pave the way for Avatar (sequels) to take advantage of it. We charged out ahead on 3D with Avatar, now Peter’s doing it with the Hobbit. It takes that kind of bold move to make change,” Cameron indicated. If you thought watching the first Avatar was headache-inducing, start preparing your eyeballs now for the sequels.