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James Cameron was spotted on the red carpet for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey world premiere in Wellington this week, and had a chat with the attending press about his ongoing work on the many planned sequels to his sci-fi mega-hit Avatar.
Cameron laid out his plans to have scripts finished by February, with production to begin in New Zealand by the end of 2013.
“I want to get these scripts nailed down,” the now NZ-based director said. “I don’t want to be writing the movie in post-production. 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.”
Following criticism of Peter Jackson’s decision to film The Hobbit at 48 frames per second, Cameron rallied to Jackson’s defence and said he was keen to use the technique himself.
“If there is acceptance of 48, then that will pave the way for Avatar to take advantage of it. We charged out ahead on 3D with Avatar, now Peter’s doing it with the Hobbit. It takes that kind of bold move to make change,” he said.
The Titanic director also waxed lyrical about life on his new farm in New Zealand.
“We knew our immediate neighbours in a couple of mile radius a heck of a lot better in the first few weeks than we did in Los Angeles in 10 years,” he said.