It's a good thing that Avatar made more money this weekend than was initially believed, because it's only the first film in a planned trilogy according to director James Cameron. But what's next for our giant CGI alien smurf friends?
Cameron told MTV that he knows what happens after his current movie-that'll-change-movies-forever:
We'll follow Jake and Neytiri [in the next movies.] I have a trilogy-scaled arc of story right now, but I haven't really put any serious work into writing a script.
This being James Cameron, of course, he'd much rather talk about the technology than the story:
From the time we capture and finish the capture, it's literally nine to 10 months to get the CG characters working, to get their facial musculature working. So now we have Jake, we have Neytiri. Sam can step right back into it, the characters will fit them like a glove, and we'll just go on. So a lot of the start-up torque that had to be done for one movie really makes more sense if you play it out across several films. My next goal is to refine the technique, make it easier so it doesn't take as long. We were doing a lot of pioneering work on 'Avatar.' It wouldn't have taken as long if we already knew exactly how to do it.
Has Cameron finally found the vehicle to live out all of his George Lucas fantasies? And if so, should we expect disappointing prequels 20 years from now? Start preparing for disappointing early, friends.