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James Cameron filmed Avatar 3 and 4 early to avoid making Stranger Things mistake

Charisa Bossinakis

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James Cameron filmed Avatar 3 and 4 early to avoid making Stranger Things mistake

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James Cameron has revealed he’s already begun filming Avatar 3 and 4 to prevent the same mistake now faced by the Duffer Brothers and Stranger Things.

Cameron admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he has begun shooting his films back to back to avoid the ‘ageing issue’, especially for some of his younger characters.

Avatar: The Way of Water has already introduced several new child characters, namely the characters of Tuk and Spider.

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Tuk, played by Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, was seven years old when she was cast.

She's now 13.

Spider is played by Jack Champion, who was 12 when cast but is now 18 years of age.

And some of these youngsters are 'growing like a weed', according to Cameron, and he didn’t want the Stranger Things effect to unfold.

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Credit: 20th Century Studios
Credit: 20th Century Studios

He told the outlet: “I love Stranger Things – but you get the Stranger Things effect, where they’re supposed to still be in high school [but] they look like they’re 27.

“You know, I love the show. It’s okay, we’ll suspend disbelief. We like the characters. But, you know.”

I’ll take it the director isn’t a fan of Grease, then.

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While little is known about the upcoming film, Cameron disclosed that studio executives were left speechless after reading Avatar 4’s script.

Credit: Lee Young-ho/Sipa USA/Alamy
Credit: Lee Young-ho/Sipa USA/Alamy

While speaking with Collider’s Perri Nemiroff, Cameron spoke of his writing process for the third and fourth instalments.

He noted that although studio executives returned with pages of feedback for the second and third movie scripts, they absolutely loved the fourth.

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He said: “I can’t tell you the details, but all I can say is that when I turned in the script for two, the studio gave me three pages of notes.

"And when I turned in the script for three, they gave me a page of notes, so I was getting better.

“When I turned in the script for four, the studio executive, creative executive over the films wrote me an email that said, ‘Holy f**k.’ And I said, ‘Well, where are the notes?’ And she said, ‘Those are the notes.’ Because it kind of goes nuts in a good way, right?”

Ooooft Cameron, you tease us.

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The director also shared that the fourth film will have a big twist.

He said that audiences would automatically assume they know what the movie is about, and then BAM, it heads in another direction entirely.

He added: “I hope I get to make that film, is what I’m saying.”

Fingers crossed.

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, James Cameron, News, Celebrity

Charisa Bossinakis
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