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Avatar sequels are confirmed

October 28, 2010 1 comment

If you loved Avatar so much that you painted yourself blue and started trying to plug into plants and animals, then you’d better sit down and start breathing into a paper bag. James Cameron has finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox for two sequels to last years Avatar.

The projects are currently right up there on Cameron’s to do list, and he’s telling folk that they’ll be his next projects. The first sequel, currently titled “Avatar 2” is aiming for a December 2014 release and the third, surprisingly named “Avatar 3”, for a December 2015 release. They will be produced by Cameron and his partner Jon Landau for Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Cameron will begin working on the scripts early in 2011 and wants to begin the pre-production later in 2011. The decision on whether he will shoot the sequels back-to-back will be made when he finishes writing the films.

“Avatar” star Sigourney Weaver recently opened up about what she’d like to see in the sequels, whether or not she makes it back. “I think that the challenges to Pandora will continue,” she said. “I do think that humans will be back. I also think that maybe we’ll get more of a chance to live a Na’vi life. I think we want to be in that world… and I know that Jim will do everything he can to satisfy us and take it to even more parts of Pandora that we don’t even know exist yet.”

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The Dark Knight Rises

October 28, 2010 1 comment

Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan are currently working on a script for what they see as the final chapter in a Batman trilogy, set for release in July 2012.

 Christopher has always been relatively shy when it comes to dealing with the press. But over the last few years he seems to have been willing to give interviews and drop some pretty important news to The Los Angeles Times. Yesterday, on their blog, they announced two pretty big pieces of news:

1)      Batman 3 will be titled The Dark Knight Rises

2)      The villain won’t be the Riddler

As one might expect, the film has been shrouded in much secrecy, leaving many speculating on who the final villain will be. Now that Nolan has ruled out both Riddler and Mr. Freeze the current crowd favourites are Catwoman or the lesser-known Hugo Strange. But with such an incredible selection of baddies to choose from, Nolan could well choose a character that is of the radar.

On the filming front Nolan confirmed that he has talked Warner Brothers out of filming in 3D for the third film. Shooting will start sometime next year and will continue with the use of IMAX cameras, which has had all the film nuts raving.

One way or another there is little doubt that it’s going to be a film well worth seeing. Who knows, I might end up renting a Batman costume and running around the cinema going ‘Swoosh’.