Seeing how much James Cameron invested into creating and constructing the world of Avatar, it makes sense that the director of such films as Terminator, Aliens and Titanic would eventually become trapped by that investment, and locked into making at least two sequels to the CGI’d blockbuster (see also: Peter Jackson and his ever-increasing Tolkien adaptations). And now, after we reported last week that Avatar 2 and 3 were being filmed back to back, Cameron has an idea for an Avatar 4 prequel as well as a new Battle Angel franchise.
Despite that he’s currently hard at work on Avatar 2 and 3—“I writing two scripts together as one big thing”—Cameron is already spitballing a prequel film to cap off the upcoming Avatar trilogy:
“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…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.”
Sigh. So it looks like at least another 10 years of Dances with Ferngully the Last Rainforest. Anyone else miss T2 and True Lies?
But, Cameron fans, all is not lost in terms of the director eventually making a non-Avatar film in the future. The director is still planning on filming his long-gestating adaptation of the Battle Angel manga comic, which takes place in a 26th century run by cyborgs. It’s 300 years after society crumbled in the face of war, and the story “follows a young girl in a cyborg body who, after being found in wreckage and repaired, realizes that she has lost her memory and doesn’t even know who she really is.” Avatar producer Jon Landau has the scoop:
“We’ll focus on ‘Avatar’ for the next four or five years…Hopefully right after that… I am confident you will see it [Battle Angel]. 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.”
So there you have it—at least more Avatar films, and then maybe Cameron will get around to making films that don’t involve giant Smurfs ripping of Dances with Wolves. Huzzah!
What do you think of the Cameron news?