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“Avatar” sequels to begin filming in 2013

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Photo: "Avatar," courtesy 20th Century Fox

James Cameron hopes to have the scripts for the movies completed by February.

The sequels for “Avatar” are still a long ways off, but they could begin filming within the next year. James Cameron hit “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” red carpet in New Zealand Wednesday and revealed that he plans to have the scripts for “Avatar 2″ and “3″ done by February and then start shooting the movies back-to-back by the end of 2013.

“I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don’t want to be writing the movie in post production,” he told The West Australian. “We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don’t want to do that again.”

That seemingly aligns with 20th Century Fox’s plan to have “Avatar 2″ come out in December 2014 and then “3″ hit theaters on December 2015. It depends how long it takes for Cameron to film the movies and whether there are any more delays, but it seems like we could have the next two chapters of the “Avatar” saga out within the next three years.

Cameron also discussed the use of 48 frames per second film technology in his new movies. He said he’s waiting to see the response to the higher frame rate in “The Hobbit” before he commits to using that technology in “Avatar 2″ and “3.”

“If there is acceptance of 48 (FPS), then that will pave the way for Avatar (sequels) to take advantage of it,” he said.

It should go without saying that the films will be released in 3D like their predecessor.

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