Newswire: It’s Rumor Time: Avatar 2 might have a release date as Fox tinkers with its schedule

James Cameron has been working on his second Avatar movie—of the many he ultimately intends to film—pretty much since the first one blew up the box office back in 2009. Today, a quiet shuffle of the 20th Century Fox film schedule might have finally revealed the sequel’s release date, with an untitled film from Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment getting penciled in for December 21, 2018. It’s not guaranteed that this is actually Avatar 2: We’re Still Calling It Unobtanium, Okay?, but Lightstorm’s other big project, Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel, is already scheduled for July 2018, and The Informationist isn’t supposed to shoot until after Avatar 2 and 3 are done.

Speaking of Cameron-related projects, Fox also moved Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant up by three months, to May of next year. The announcement was accompanied by a new poster for the ...
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Avatar, and the disappearance of James Cameron




It’s 6 years since the release of Avatar, and still no sequel. Ryan considers the disappearance of a great mainstream filmmaker.

James Cameron was just 24 years old when he borrowed a small sum of money from a bunch of dentists and made his first film, Xenogenesis. Just 12 minutes long, the 1978 movie was a humble yet significant beginning for the young filmmaker.

The sci-fi short landed Cameron's first job in the film industry: devising practical effects for Roger Corman. Xenogenesis was the first proper collaboration between Cameron and Willliam Wisher, who’d later write the screenplay for Terminator 2. About a battle between man and giant killing machine, Xenogenesis contained numerous elements that Cameron would revisit in his subsequent movies. The giant killer robot looks uncannily like a Hunter Killer from The Terminator. Xenogenesis’s tough heroine bears more than a passing resemblance to one Ellen Ripley, whose fate
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The unmade films of James Cameron

From his psychological thriller to Spider-Man to Battle Angel, here's a look at the James Cameron-directed projects that never happened...

In the summer of 1977, James Cameron, like lots of other people that year, went to the cinema and watched Star Wars. But unlike so many others, Cameron didn't feel elation as the room went dark and the first space ship soared overhead - he felt a shiver of mild panic.

"My reaction to it was not, 'Oh, wow, that's cool. I want to see more,'" he later recalled. "It was, 'Oh wow, I better get off my butt because somebody is doing this stuff, you know, and they're beating me to it.'"

Within one year, the 24-year-old Cameron had borrowed some money from a consortium of dentists looking for a tax break, and with it, made the short film Xenogenesis. That film and its title (which could
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'Avatar' Getting Three Sequels

'Avatar' Getting Three Sequels
Just over 13 months after Sigourney Weaver revealed that James Cameron was planning to make three "Avatar" follow-up films instead of two, the news became official on Thursday. Cameron will co-write the three sequels simultaneously with four different screenwriters.

As reported by Variety, Cameron will collaborate with Josh Friedman ("War of the Worlds"), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver ("Rise of the Planets of the Apes"), and Shane Salerno ("Savages") on the screenplays for "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3" and "Avatar 4." Twentieth Century Fox will release all three films over the course of three years, from 2016 through 2018. It's expected that the "Avatar" sequels will arrive in theaters in December of those respective years.

Whether all three films will indeed be sequels, of course, is up for debate. Cameron told MTV that his idea for "Avatar 4" was of the prequel variety.

"I haven't really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back
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James Cameron provides update on 'Avatar' sequels, says Peter Jackson 'had it easy'

James Cameron provides update on 'Avatar' sequels, says Peter Jackson 'had it easy'
The eternal wait for a return journey to Pandora continues. But Avatar fans, just know that James Cameron is hard at work on the script that will follow up his 2009 sci-fi mega-blockbuster.

Cameron, the writer-director-producer of reigning box office champion Avatar, recently talked with the website Play Goes Strong, revealing that he’s currently in New Zealand working on writing Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. “I’m writing on a little farm. When you live in a special world like Pandora, you have to live in that world,” he said.

“There is that startup torque where you feel it’s coming to you,
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James Cameron's Controversial 'Avatar' Decision?

James Cameron's Controversial 'Avatar' Decision?
"Avatar" fans worried James Cameron would be distracted from Pandora because of "The Informationist" can calm down. The King of the World was back talking about the "Avatar" sequels at the world premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in New Zealand this week.

"I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don't want to be writing the movie in post production," Cameron said. "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." The director said he hoped to be finished with the "Avatar 2" script and in front of cameras on the project by the end of 2013. That timeline jibes with what Cameron has said previously about "Avatar 2" arriving in theaters sometime in 2015.

Meanwhile, despite much criticism about Peter Jackson's decision to shoot "The Hobbit" using
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James Cameron to direct, produce The Informationist

James Cameron is set to direct an adaptation of Taylor Stevens' The Informationist novel and produce with Lightstorm's Jon Landau. Cameron will jump aboard this project after two more Avatar installments, so don't expect this one any time soon. Variety reports that the book, published last year, follows Vanessa "Michael" Munroe who is an information specialist with heads of states as clients. After an oil billionaire from Texas enlists her to track down his missing daughter, she finds herself back in her childhood lands, facing a past she's tried to put behind her. Cameron and Landau are seeking a scribe for The Informationist in the near future. Cameron produced the upcoming Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away from Paramount Pictures.
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