It might be possible that James Cameron is getting a little bit carried away on the gargantuan (the only word I can think of that sums up the movie’s $2.7B gross) success of Avatar. We already knew that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 were his next projects, to be shot back-to-back for a 2015/2016 release, but the ‘King of the World’ doesn’t just want to make an Avatar trilogy…
At the Beijing Film Festival, Cameron said this:
“I’ve divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I’ve made two movies in 16 years, and I’ve done eight expeditions. Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in theAvatar business. Period. That’s it. I’m makingAvatar, Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts. And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way. And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I’m continuing.”
So, to sum that up, James Cameron isn’t going to make any other movies (bar documentaries) apart from Avatar movies for the rest of his career, he’s not producing anymore movies, and he’s probably going to make Avatar 4. Yup, makes perfect sense.
Avatar 2 will be released in 2015, with James Cameron returning to direct and the cast of the first movie all coming back.