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Will 'Avatar 2' Release Date Affected By The Death Of Music Composer James Horner From Plane Crash? James Cameron Pays Tribute

Jun 27, 2015 01:36 AM EDT | By Sherylyn Toda
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Will the production of James Cameron's "Avatar 2" movie get affected by the untimely death of James Horner, the well known music composer who worked with Cameron since the 1980s?

James Horner, has died in a California plane crash aged 61.

"A trained pilot, he is reported to have been alone aboard a small private plane which crashed north of Santa Barbara on Monday morning," BBC reported.

And while James Cameron did not say anything about the effect of Horner's death to the development of "Avatar 2" movie, he paid his tribute to the late music composer and friend.

"There's so much music he could have done. We were looking forward to our next gig," Cameron told People.

While the pair had worked together in "Aliens," it's not until the the late 1990s when they won their both Oscars for the movie "Titanic" in 1998.

In a joint statement Cameron and his "Avatar" producing partner Jon Landau said "the Avatar community has lost one of our great creative lights."

"James' music was the air under the banshees' wings, the ancient song of the forest, and the heartbeat of Eywa," they said.

"We have lost not only a great team-mate and collaborator, but a good friend.

"James's music affected the heart because his heart was so big, it infused every cue with deep emotional resonance, whether soaring in majesty through the floating mountains, or crying for the loss of nature's innocence under bulldozer treads.

"The beauty and power of Avatar lay not just in the superb performances and the visual splendour, but in the music that made us cry and exult along with our characters. Irayo, James. Fly brother.''

Horner previously explained the reason to Cameron's decision in delaying "Avatar 2" for another year.

Apparently, the 60-year-old Canadian filmmaker is having some problems in making the trilogy since the script is originally made for "four sequels."

"Right now Jim has four sequels, script wise," music composer James Horner said in his interview. "And he's trying to make it into three. And that is where, I think, his effort is going right now. To keep it to three sequels. Because he's got so much going on how do you keep it from expanding into a fifth movie, total. And he'll get that sorted out."

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