On Tuesday, James Cameron, writer-director of 'Avatar,' said that he plans to direct 'Avatar 2' and '3' simultaneously once production on the sequels gets underway. "Our plan right now is to do two and three as a single large production and release them a year apart," Cameron told reporters. "In order to do that, we have to refine our technical processes beyond the end of where we were finishing 'Avatar' one year ago. We need to future-proof ourselves out five or six years to the end of the third film."
Cameron spoke to press at an event in conjunction with the release of the upcoming 'Avatar' 3-Disc Special Edition DVD. During a q&a with attending media, he indicated he hadn't made any decisions regarding the rumored 'Cleopatra' film he might direct with Angelina Jolie as its star, but he said he knew exactly how he planned to approach the two sequels to his 2009 box office smash.