MTV caught up with James Cameron and asked him some questions about the future of Avatar, since those are the only movies Cameron will be making for the foreseeable future.
Recently Avatar producer Jon Landau said there would not be an Avatar 4, but no one tells James Cameron what he will, or will not, do.
Here’s Cameron on Avatar 4:
“I have an idea for a fourth. I haven’t really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.
“Because when we drop in, even in the first film in ‘Avatar 1,’ as it will be known in the future, we’re dropping into a process that’s 35 years in to a whole colonization. That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we’ll start, not imitating ‘Star Wars,’ but it’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan.”
How is pre-production going on Avatar 2 and 3?
“We’ve spent two years refining the whole pipeline. It was a hideously complex process to make that film and a lot has been said about that, but we don’t want it to be done in the same prototypical way as the first one, we want it to be a much smoother workflow just for creativity reasons.”
How are the scripts coming along?
“You know, Peter Jackson had it easy, he already had the books. He had the books. Now if I had a time machine I could go forward and watch the movies and then come back, but I don’t!”
Mister Cameron, you of all people should know that would create a paradox, and the universe would not allow that to happen.