Zoe Saldana Explains the Wait for Avatar Sequels

Zoe Saldana is in a very unique position. She’s at the front of two of the biggest science fiction franchises (Avatar, Star Trek) and hopes to repeat that success with next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With her second Star Trek film being released this summer and production on “Guardians” beginning soon, it brings up the question once again, where are the Avatar sequels? Speaking with MTV, the actress says that she’s been in touch with director James Cameron some about the scripts and he’s finishing them up now.

“I know that he’s sort of been removing himself from things that might distract him so that he can focus on doing the final tweaks on the scripts. He did share that he’s in a very interesting and fragile place, because the story is dictating itself.”

“You walk a fine line when you’re the creator of the story you’re going to tell, of the manipulation that you may have unconsciously of the story and the characters versus allowing the story to unfold it, because you did create such a monumental and solid platform that they’re just living and breathing organisms and they’re the ones that need to make their own decisions. I’m geek talking right now, but that’s how intense it affects me and how I feel about amazing storytellers like James Cameron, like J.J. Abrams. They create things that are real out of unimaginable scenarios, and that is beautiful to me.

Saldana also recently confirmed a planned early 2014 start date for the filming of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.

No release date has been set for either film, but Avatar 2 was originally targeted for a December, 2014 release and Avatar 3 for December, 2015.