We all know that James Cameron is getting set to make Avatar 2 and 3, and the plan is to film them back-to-back. It was also noted recently that while there were talks of a fourth Avatar film, it was unlikely that it would ever happen. However, in an interview with MTV James Cameron has now said otherwise. Clearly suffering from Avatar obsession, Cameron discussed his plans to make a fourth Avatar film, one which would actually be a prequel to the events of the original film:
“I have an idea for a fourth,” says Cameron. “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.”
The set up for a prequel has a lot of ground to cover, as Avatar takes place 35 years after man has landed on Pandora: “In the first film, we’re dropping into a process that’s 35 years in to a whole colonisation,” he continues. “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.”
So, with a fourth film possibly in the works, although one which would come “much later” than the already planned 2 and 3, Cameron is extremely busy. However, Avatar producer Jon Landau has also spoke of a sort of passion project for both he and Cameron, and that they might actually make this film before the Avatar prequel. I guess this might explain why Cameron has said that Avatar 4 is a long way off:
Based on a graphic novel, the film in question is Battle Angel, and here is what Landau had to say to Moviezine on the idea: “I am confident you will see it. It’s one of my favorite stories, I think it is an incredible story, a journey of self-discovery of a young woman. It is a movie that begs the question: “What does it mean to be human? Are you human if you have a heart, are you human if you have a mind, are you human if you have a soul?” And I look forward to bringing that film to audiences,” adding, “We’ll focus on Avatar for the next four or five years, hopefully right after that.”
Avatar was a spectacle in the cinema, but watching it at home I did not enjoy it as much, but I am definitely up for more Avatar films. However, Battle Angel sounds very interesting!
By Matt Wavish