Avatar to go to four films?
We know that James Cameron has been working on the scripts for Avatar 2 and 3 and plans to film them back to back, but had you heard there were rumours of a fourth? More than that have you heard Cameron talking about it too?
Well he has and it's starting to look like there could be a fourth film, who knows where this is going to stop, after all Cameron is talking about going the prequel route.
It seems that James Cameron has admitted that he has an idea for a fourth film in the Avatar series and while he's previously tried to keep it quiet he's finally talked about the possibility.
"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.
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"
Mmm, it doesn't sound like a very structured idea though, judging from that comment and the words "The only thing left to do is..." it doesn't sound as though it was borne through a great idea, in fact you could be forgiven for assuming that the interviewer merely asked him if he was going to do the fourth what would they do?
In fact that's really what it sounds like. It sounds like he's said he has an idea for the fourth, hasn't written anything yet, and then been pressed for a direction which he's just made up on the spot.
We do know that the second and third films are coming though and they are filming back to back with the same technology although with the workflow refined so they are easier to make, no great leaps and strides this time but we'll get the amazing world of Avatar back once again.
The question will be how successful these sequels will be, will they pay for the technology and persuade the studio to invest in a fourth? There are so many pitfalls to drop into though, the potential of a Matrix or Star Wars, or just of the audience getting tired of more of the same or just the prequel route.
The second and third will reveal all about the possibility of a fourth, and Cameron may just have moved onto other things by then.