We already know that the "Avatar" sequels will be two of the greenest films ever made, and now it appears that they will put a bit of that color back into people's wallets as well.
In an interview with Fox News, James Cameron opened up about the development of the films — and how they will likely end up creating hundreds of jobs for Americans.
“We’re shooting two films back to back, so I’m writing two scripts, not one, which will complete a free-film story arc — not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc so I’m pretty excited about that,” he said. “We’re doing a lot of preliminary work right now on new software and new animation techniques and so on. We’re creating a new facility in Manhattan Beach so everybody that’s not already dead is coming back.”
That Manhattan Beach facility is the same location where Cameron plans to add solar in an effort to take the production process off-grid and help make the films carbon neutral. “These are things the studios need to be thinking about,” Cameron told the Washington Post. “When I do my next film, we’re going to go much farther than we did in terms of running a green set.”
Jon Landau, co-producer of the “Avatar” films at Lightstorm Entertainment, told Fox that he anticipates more than 700 jobs will be created for the films.
Cameron added that the pressure is on to meet the expectations of fans. "I had to deal with that after 'The Terminator' back in 1984," he said. "All of a sudden I had a big hit movie and it was 'what are you doing next?' But my job is take the audience on a journey and entertain them."
"The second I am sitting down writing, I just go to Pandora," he added. "I don't think about that stuff, about standing on a red carpet. It has its own life, really. The characters have their own lives."