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James Cameron Says He’s “Living in Pandora” to Inspire ‘Avatar 2′

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James Cameron is going Method as he develops ‘Avatar 2‘ and ‘Avatar 3′ as his next films. The director said he is “deep into it” and is currently “living in Pandora” as he works on the ‘Avatar’ sequels. Uhh, can someone check on Jim Cameron?

Cameron, one of the most successful living directors (at least as far as box-office goes), moved to a new property in New Zealand to develop ‘Avatar 2′ and ‘Avatar 3,’ the sequels to ‘Avatar’ (duh), the film that grossed over $2.7 billion at the worldwide box office. As he starts up pre-production, he gave a quick status update to Play Goes Strong on the upcoming sequels and it was, uh, interesting to say the least.

I’m deep into it and I’m living in Pandora right now…The characters talk and it’s writing itself. I’m almost there right now. It’s building fast. When you live in a special world like Pandora, you have to live in that world.

OK so James Cameron has gone full-on Col. Kurtz on us.

We keed James Cameron. We’re relatively sure (?) he has not gone insane and are sure he does not actually believe (??) he actually lives in the fictional world of Pandora where the characters talk to him. He does, however, seem to be ramping up pre-production on the ‘Avatar’ sequels, which despite Cameron being “deep into it,” seem unlikely to make their December 2014 and 2015 release dates.

Cameron, while talking about the difficulty of writing ‘Avatar 2,’ also dropped this diss bomb on Peter Jackson:

I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, ‘You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third ‘Lord of the Rings.’ I have to create my own books in my head.

There’s only one director in the world who would possibly have the guts to say that Peter Jackson, who spent the better part of three years working on the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, “had it easy” but such is Cameron. The man is not without his hubris. But Cameron’s self-confidence-bordering-on-egomania is what helps make him a great director and what makes his films so insanely popular.

So are you excited for ‘Avatar 2?’ It seems like it’s the trilogy with the least amount of buzz – do you think that will change?

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