The long-awaited return to Pandora has taken a step closer with director admitting that he's started work on the scripts for both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Cameron is currently living in New Zealand working on the movies and has also found time to hang out with Mr Middle-earth himself, . In an interview with Life Goes Strong, Cameron revealed:
I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, 'You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third 'Lord of the Rings.' I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it. I'm deep into it and I'm living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it's coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That's when it gets fun. The characters talk and it's writing itself. I'm almost there right now. It's building fast.
Write faster Mr Cameron, I'm super keen to see what the Na'vi have been up to since the last time we saw them. It's also pretty sweet that he gets to hang with Peter Jackson and compare movie-making war stories. I like to imagine the two legendary directors sitting in a local pub somewhere in the wilds of the New Zealand countryside talking all things Mordor and drinking pints of Barliman's Best, while Jackson smokes a pipe.
In the interview Cameron was also asked whether he was feeling any pressure to better the achievements of Avatar, which remains the highest grossing movie of all time:
Pressure, no. It's a little daunting because sequels are always tricky. You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I've walked that line in the past, so I'm not too worried about it.
Producing a worthy sequel to a groundbreaking movie is no easy task, but Cameron is responsible for two of the best sequels in cinematic history. Both Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens were as good, if not better, than their predecessors, as both movies continued the fine work that was done in the first movies but then turned the spectacle all the way up to 11. With Avatar 2 rumored to take place in the underwater world of Pandora, this sequel could continue this tradition and blow Avatar out of the water.