Fans of the award-winning 2009 masterpiece Avatar have been patiently waiting for details on the film's upcoming sequels, but unfortunately the news seems to be that they're going to have keep waiting just a bit longer for the next chapter of the story.
Speaking to The Daily Mirror July 25 about her upcoming Marvel flick Guardians of the Galaxy, the 36-year-old actress revealed that nothing has begun yet as far as production on the popular film sequels, but that when it does, it could be a grueling process for the actors, as they are set to shoot three films back-to-back.
"James Cameron is still working on the final draughts of the script and then everyone in the cast will get the call," Saldana said. "We're going to be shooting mainly in Los Angeles and that will make things easier for me since I live there. Because we're doing the sequels back-to-back it's going to take at least eight or nine months or more to finish the (three) films."
Though shooting of the three films would carve a hefty chunk of time out of Saldana's and everyone else involved schedules, it would be an improvement over the time the cast took out to film the first movie. Principal photography for the film began in 2007, but the film didn't make it to theaters until December 2009.
Cameron himself revealed earlier this year that he expects the time needed to perfect the technological components of the film would also be drastically reduced, giving the production a much quicker turnaround time.
""The first film... took almost four years to make," he said back in February. "We expect to be able to accelerate the process quite a bit, because we've improved a lot of the software and the computer graphics tools, and we've been working very closely with Weta Digital down here in New Zealand developing a whole new suite of tools to speed up the process."
The decision to release three sequel films was revealed last year, after the original movie became the highest-grossing film of all-time, with a worldwide take of $2.788 billion, giving director James Cameron the two-best grossing films of all-time and beating his 1997 masterpiece, Titanic, by $600 million.
Avatar 2 is scheduled for a December 2016 release, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 are scheduled for release in 2017 and 2018.