Oh for pete’s sake, can they just get their stories straight? Earlier this year we heard there were three additional “Avatar” movies in the works. Then last week producer Jon Landau said no, there were only two sequels in progress. Now, however, director-writer James Cameron said that he did have an idea for a fourth film and trust me, if the second and third films even hint at making a dime of profit, a fourth movie will go into production pretty fast.
Cameron talked to MTV about the story for a potential fourth film:
“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,” he said, adding, “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.”
Hey, if he wants to do a big arc of films including several prequels, fine–just don’t emulate “Star Wars” and do a half-assed job of it.
Cameron is still working on the scripts for the second and third films, which he’s working on together. They’re scheduled for release in December 2014 and December 2015.