In an interview with MTV News, James Cameron talked about what's next in the Avatar universe. Avatar hits theaters August 27th exclusively on 3D screens with nine minutes of new, Pandora-set footage. The new footage will include several new or extended scenes Cameron cut to keep the running time down to 162 minutes and introduce audiences to a new Pandoran creature, Sturmbeest, the object of a Na'vi hunt.

Cameron is working on adapting his "scriptment" for Avatar into a novel. He didn't want to pass off the responsibility for the adaptation to a "hack," but instead wants to handle it himself, something he wanted to do during post-production on Avatar, but couldn't due to time constraints.

As for Avatar 2 and 3, Cameron won't begin working on the screenplays until the deals with 20th Century Fox are locked in. Camerone did say, however, that he's seriously considering filming Avatar 2 and 3 back-to-back for cost and logistical reasons.

[Listen to the brief interview after the break, as well as additional information.]

MarketSaw, a website that specializes in 3D, gaming, and technology-related news, has an in-depth audio interview with Cameron. The interview covers the Avatar Special Edition re-release on the 27th, Avatar 2 and 3, 3D post-conversion on Titanic, and producing Guillermo del Toro's upcoming adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.

Here are just a few of the highlights from MarketSaw's interview:

  • Cameron confirms he is producing Guillermo del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness The movie will be shot in native 3D using next generation FUSION 3D cameras from Pace. The project came up only 2 or 3 weeks ago when Cameron asked about if del Toro was still interested in it. As del Toro was clearly excited to do it, Cameron said "let's do it." They took it to Universal with both of them attached to the fast tracked project and now it looks like it will be going in the 2nd quarter of 2011.
  • Cameron talks about 3D conversions. Titanic's conversion is taking 8 months to a year to complete, not a fast turnaround like Clash of the Titans. Cameron: "[Titans] showed a fundamental lack of knowledge about stereo space, in addition to the shoddy work that comes from rushing." Cameron likes Titans in 2D as do I (I have had the Blu-ray since it was released) from a directorial standpoint and as a fan of Sam Worthington.
  • Cameron talks about Avatar 2's current status. He has an overall story arc for 2 and 3, but has some modifications for that after spending some time during the last few months with native tribes in the Amazon basin. Script will be a ways out yet for Avatar 2.
Head on over to MarketSaw for additional details (well worth a read and a listen).

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