After grossing more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office, a sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar was all but inevitable. But despite the follow-up being one of the most anticipated movies in recent memory, any actual information about it has been hard to come by. Thankfully Cameron opened up a bit recently during an interview with RTL (via /Film), and described where he is in the production process:

We’re still in the early stages. Right now we’re developing the software. I’m writing the scripts. We’re designing all the creatures and characters and the settings, and so on. So, I’m not actually directing yet, but I’m doing all the other creative processes that lead up to that. It’s going very well. I think it’s going to be spectacular. You’ll see new worlds, new habitats, new cultures. The primary conflict between the human view kind of dominating nature and the Na’vi view of being integrated into nature is the same, but it manifests itself in very different ways.

Cameron also hints that he might introduce a higher frame-rate for this sequel, much like Peter Jackson did for his Hobbit movies. With a movie this size and a director this ambitious, the pre-production on Avatar 2 far exceeds most other blockbusters, so fans should get ready to be in the dark about details for another few years.

Still, with the advanced technology available to him, Cameron says the whole process should go much smoother:

The first film… took almost four years to make. 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.

You’ll have to wait a while to see how all of this actually comes together because Avatar 2 won’t hit theaters until December 2016, while Avatar 3 and 4 aren’t slated for release until 2017 and 2018, respectively.

[RTL via /Film]