The director isn't the least bit worried audiences will have tired of 3-D by then; instead, he predicts that 3-D is the wave of the future and will soon replace boring old 2-D films, the way sound made silent film obsolete. img hspace="4" border="1" align="right" vspace="4" alt="James Cameron" id="vimage_2981470" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/blog.moviefone.com/media/2010/05/jamescameron2.jpg" />How long will it take to create the sequel to 'Avatar?' At least three years, James Cameron said today at a conference in Korea.
The director isn't the least bit worried audiences will have tired of 3-D by then; instead, he predicts that 3-D is the wave of the future and will soon replace boring old 2-D films, the way sound made silent film obsolete.
"'Avatar' has proved that 3-D technology is not just a fad but a revolution changing how the audience chooses to consume media and entertainment content," the Oscar-winning director said in an address at the Seoul Digital Forum, an annual technology and media gathering according to the Associated Press.
"Quite simply, where they had a choice, the audience was selecting for the best possible way to see the movie," he said. "And they saw 3-D as the premium viewing experience."
Cameron envisions that not just film, but television and consumer electronics will soon all offer 3-D. That could come as soon as "in a couple of years," but "definitely less than the 25 years it took to color movies," he told reporters at a press conference after the speech, pointing out, "3-D laptops are already here. I've seen some very good ones."
The only stumbling block right now: the lack of quality 3-D content. "If you play all the 3-D movies in existence on your fancy new 3-D TV, it will keep you entertained for about three days," he said.
The self-proclaimed "King of the World" is dedicating himself to making sure that viewers will have quality 3-D, not this rushed-to-the-theater stuff he's recently dismissed as sub-par.
Which is why he's insisting that the sequel to 'Avatar' will take at least a few years to craft, although that is nearly half (18 months less) as long a production schedule as the first film. Cameron promised to announce the release date in a few months.