– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Oh, Avatar. It goes without saying that the first film back in 2009 was a mammoth success — it did go down in history as the highest grossing film of all time, so we’d say that’s a hit. But of course, ever since that film hit, director James Cameron has been talking a lot about the impending sequel. With every year, the scope seemed to grow bigger, starting out with two films, and eventually ending as four sequels that will be shot back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

While Cameron has been hard at work at these films for a while, they’ve been pushed back consistently every year for the past few years. However, more recently they finally seem to have settled into a realistic release date (starting in 2020), and production finally seems to be moving forward in full swing (though the way Cameron is making this film, it certainly seems to blur the line between the different stages of production).

Speaking with EW, here’s what camera has to say regarding the sequels and the production process:

“Oh, we’re in production. We’re in full-tilt production. We’re in what we call ‘scouting,’ which basically is shooting for me. I’m on the stage all day long during the scouting process, because there are no sets or locations, other than in the virtual world, so I do all my location-scouting with a troop of actors that go through the virtual sets, and give me a sense of the scale and position, lighting, that sort of thing. Then, I’m in rehearsals with my principal cast and I start with them at the end of September.”

Okay, okay, so they’re in production. At this point, I don’t care as much about that as I do about the way he’s filming it. Filmmakers like Jon Favreau have discussed this “scouting” process in the past, but actually hearing the act of executing a film like this is beyond cool. At the end of the day, it won’t really have much of an effect on the end product, but the idea that a filmmaker can actually go into this virtual world and almost treat it as a real-life set is insane.

Does it make me any more excited for the film? Not really? But seeing as the first film isn’t due for another three-plus years, they have plenty of time to convince me until the.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.