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Cameron: Avatar scripts not ready

Published 07/08/2014 | 10:35

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James Cameron said the scripts for the three Avatar sequels are still a work in progress

James Cameron has revealed that the scripts for his Avatar sequels are still being fine-tuned.

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The planned second, third and fourth instalments of his sci-fi franchise, starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, are scheduled for release in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and the filmmaker admitted the screenplays are months away from completion.

"It's going to be another couple [of] months, I would say, at least," he said. "We will serve no wine before it's time, and I would be pretty stupid to run off and start shooting Avatar until the scripts are perfect."

The 59-year-old director, who is co-writing the screenplays with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno, added: " Whether that compromises our announced release date of Christmas 2016, at this point I can't really say until we break down the budget and schedule."

In the meantime, James is focusing on his National Geographic documentary of his record-breaking deep-sea dive, Deepsea Challenge 3D.

The film, co-directed by John Bruno, chronicles his 2012 dive, where he built a deep-diving sub and piloted it more than 35,000 feet down into the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. Some 68 new species were identified from the sub, which was equipped with 3D cameras.

"I make the Hollywood movies to pay for the exploration," he said.

"I think explorers feel a sense of the sacred. Something that's beyond themselves, when they go to a place that's never been witnessed before and bare witness for the first time."

But he admitted shooting underwater had its challenges: "The ocean hasn't read the script, so it's not going to cooperate. And the sub is a bit like a diva movie actress. You're not always going to get it on camera when you want it."

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