There’s been some confusion lately about how many sequels James Cameron is making to his megahit “Avatar.” First we heard he was making a sequel. Okay. Then we heard he was making two sequels. The standard trilogy, absolutely understandable. Then in May, Cameron gave us this little quote:
So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the “Avatar” business. Period. That’s it. I’m making “Avatar 2,” “Avatar 3,” maybe “Avatar 4,” and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them.
“Avatar 4?” What?
To back that up, a Showbiz 411 piece about Signourney Weaver sported this quote:
When “Political Animals” finishes shooting, see if you can follow Weaver’s schedule: she goes right into a new Christopher Durang play for a short run at Lincoln Center. Then she films “Avatar” 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work.
So by this point, it would be perfectly understandable if you believed that there were three more “Avatar” sequels on the way. Not so fast, my friend! Jon Landau, producer of “Avatar,” is out promoting the Blu-ray 3D DVD release of “Titanic,” addressed the number of sequels in an interview with the Courier-Post :
“We doing two back-to-back, but not a third.”
Are we clear now? You always have to be careful about getting into that fourth film territory. A trilogy is manageable; throw in a fourth movie and you begin to feel like you have to, I don’t know, go for a fifth or something. A four part story feels awkward, except in the case of book trilogies where a third book has been turned into two films out of greed. Which is also the reason why a third “Avatar” film may not be the end anyway, despite the best intentions now.