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James Cameron making “Avatar” parts 2 and 3 his next films

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As Peter Jackson prepares to immerse himself in “Hobbit” land once again, a fellow blockbuster director is about to re-immerse himself in a fictional land for back-to-back pictures.

Chris Petrikin of 20th Century Fox just Tweeted that James Cameron will make “Avatar” parts two and three his next pictures. In multiple tweets, Petrikin states, “Cameron, who always viewed AVATAR as creation of new world and mythology, will begin writing in early 2011 with eye towards late 2011 start.”

How will that affect rumored Cameron projects like “Cleopatra” and the 3D upfitted “Titanic?” The latter likely will go on as planned, while the former – no doubt – is dead.

In a release, Fox added more details regarding the “Avatar” sequels. The first film “is targeted for December 2014, with the third film contemplated for a December 2015 release.”

“It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company. ‘Avatar’ was conceived as an epic work of fantasy – a world that audiences could visit, across all media platforms, and this moment marks the launch of the next phase of that world,” Cameron said. “With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience’s expectations for the richness of ‘Avatar’s’ visual world and the power of the storytelling. In the second and third films, which will be self contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of ‘Avatar’s’ visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I’m looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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