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James Cameron isn’t wasting anytime with his next movie gig. His latest feature Avatar debuts next week and he’s already got several projects on the horizon. Rumors have been swirling that his next film will be the Fox epic Fantastic Voyage and over at Collider they caught up with the director and asked him about it. They also snuck in a question or two regarding the pending Avatar sequels.

With something as big as Avatar a sequel can’t be far behind. We’ve already heard that Sam Worthington signed on for a three picture deal, and now Cameron’s opening up about the development process for the next couple of films.

We’re going to be spending a lot money and time developing the not only the process but the assets and all the models of every rock and tree and plant and creature and the muscle rigs for all the creatures and the facial rigging for the main characters…this is millions of dollars.  So it really makes sense to think of it as the potential start of a franchise or a saga that plays out over several acts with each movie being an act of that saga.  And I have it mapped out but I haven’t written the scripts yet.  It all depends whether we do well with the first film.  But that was certainly the intention from the beginning, was to create the foundation for a persistent world.

Its good to hear him throw in a line about the first film needing to do well. For some odd reason, people like to forget about that before diving into another movie. In the case of Avatar, it doesn’t have a built in audience to fall back on. This isn’t Lord of the Rings.

When asked about the development of Fantastic Voyage, he said that he and Fox have “been working on a script for Fantastic Voyage for a few,” but he’s not set to direct. “That’s just to produce.” He also went on to clarify that it’s not a remake, but has “enough of the original story that you still recognize it.”

Cameron definitely has his hands full, and if Avatar becomes a huge success he’ll be busy for the next couple of years and then some.

What do you think about Cameron’s plans for Avatar and Fantastic Voyage?