James Cameron wants to avoid Matrix 2 issues with Avatar 2

"There's gotta be a sense of conclusion..."

James Cameron has been doing plenty of talking concerning the Avatar sequels of late, and his most recent soundbite concerns his desire to avoid the pitfalls experienced by fellow sci-fi sequel, The Matrix Reloaded.

Cameron’s main concern is that the story arc should come to a definitive close at the end of parts two and three, with the audience left with a satisfying conclusion for each movie, rather than a ton of unanswered questions.

“It’s a little bit of a daunting writing task because it’s two scripts and they’ve both gotta be done at the same time,” says Cameron. “I’m writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film.”

“I don’t want to suffer from the Matrix 2 problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It’s gotta end. There’s gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that’s a fine line.”

Cameron expects that pre-production will begin on the sequels in January, with Avatar 2 faintly pencilled in for a 2015 release date. Those little blue men aren’t about to disappear any time soon...

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    • LSJShez

      Sep 12th 2012, 11:09

      Well, he wasn't exactly on a par with Matrix 1, with Avatar, was he?

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 12th 2012, 11:43

      You just know he is going to crowbar Arnie somewhere in that trilogy. Maybe as a frustrated general or a talking tree or some sh*t.

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    • ilikescifi

      Sep 12th 2012, 12:12

      maybe reignite edward furlong's career

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    • 2Dglasses

      Sep 12th 2012, 12:18

      Maybe just reignite Edward Furlong. Still, at least he's aware of the waffle psychological BS blackhole that the Matrix fell into once its novelty wore off, maybe he can avoid it with Avatar 2/3/4

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    • thedanieljson

      Sep 12th 2012, 12:23

      Well he avoided Matrix ONE by making a s****y film.

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    • LSJShez

      Sep 12th 2012, 13:15

      I've nothing against Avatar; it's fun in places, but take away the amazing effects, and you have Dances With Wolves, with average to s**te acting.

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    • ilikescifi

      Sep 12th 2012, 14:08

      @2dglasses haha @LSJshez is kinda right too, hopefully cameron can find some other good archetypes and motifs to drape some amaze fx over

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Sep 12th 2012, 14:37

      I wasn't aware that there were enough fans of The Matrix sequels to be offended by Cameron's perfectly sensible comments. Avatar might not have been up there with the first movie in the Wachowski's franchise, but it was about a million times less awful than those sequels. They set the template for the modern 'cerebral' blockbuster trend of everyone sitting around explaining everything to each other at great length to let critics know that the filmmakers were supposedly clever, rather than trusting the audience to pick up on the subtextural meanings themselves. Or, more concisely, Matrix 2 & 3 are s**t. He's right to aim higher.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 12th 2012, 15:45

      The Matrix Reloaded wasn't that bad, take out the Architect and stupid dance rave/sex scene and it's a decent action movie.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Sep 12th 2012, 15:54

      Remove all the dialogue as well while your at it, Ali. Then it might be a decent movie (with a rubbery CG Keanu in the fight scenes).

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Sep 12th 2012, 15:55

      *You're not your. Damn the lack of an edit button, TF!

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    • FBKDavis

      Sep 12th 2012, 16:20

      i cant wait for avatar 2 and 3 lets not forget james cameron is one of the best sequel directors to date with i think the two best sci fi sequels of all time under his belt.

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    • LSJShez

      Sep 13th 2012, 12:46

      I'm up for it, no doubt. For me, his comments about the Matrix sequels are fair, but he needs concentrate on topping his first Avatar and not making the same lame choices. Maybe come up with better lingo than Unobtanium. Maybe put Sam Worthington through acting class first.

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    • QuietLife

      Sep 13th 2012, 18:51

      Step forward, our new George Lucas.

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    • Aleric

      Sep 14th 2012, 19:04

      Cameron is doing what he does best, shovel BS, Most here dont rememeber how he hyped the next terminator and then failed to deliver, or the next Aliens.

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