After the record-breaking box office success of James Cameron’s Avatar, speculation of a possible sequel – and sequels – began immediately. Four years later, Fox confirmed that the highest-grossing film in history would be getting not one, not two,but three sequels to be released over three years starting in December 2016.
With shooting on the films scheduled to begin in the fall, Cameron revealed in a Reddit AMA that development on all three sequels has been simultaneous, including script writing and new creature and character design work. In a recent interview, Cameron went into more specific details with regard to his writing process.
Film reported that at the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival, Cameron explained he wrote 1,500 pages of notes about the world and cultures of Pandora in the first year of development (which may help Steven Charles Gould pen the four standalone Avatar novels).
Then, Cameron hired four writers to develop the scripts: Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem). Cameron said the cooperative process was inspired by his time working on the FOX television seriesDark Angel:
I knew I was going to have to “parallel process” which meant I would have to work with other writers. And the best experience I had working with other writers was in television when I did ‘Dark Angel.’ The television room is a highly collaborative, fun experience.
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