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James Cameron Teases Avatar 4
'I'm in the Avatar business. Period.'

06 May 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: New York Times

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James Cameron Teases Avatar 4

Aside from making quick trips to one of the deepest parts of the ocean and gathering materials for documentaries, it seems like James Cameron is all about Avatar these days. And from the sounds of a recent chat with the New York Times, he’s going even further into exploring Pandora.

The most intriguing element of the interview (spotted by the gang at The Playlist), is where he drops mention of another possible trip to the blue moon for a fourth outing. "I’ve divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I’ve made two movies in 16 years, and I’ve done eight expeditions. Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. 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.”

Yes, it’s a brief nugget and should by no means be taken as the filmmaking throwing the switch to green light the fourth film, but it’s certainly an indication that he’s truly dedicated to the idea of sticking with the Avatar story.

So why the apparent obsession? "That all sounds, I suppose, a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way. And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I’m continuing. I’ve done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I’ll hopefully do a lot more.”

The Marianas Trench expedition was part of that effort, with Cameron revealing that he should have a new documentary ready for early next year. In terms of Avatar, the release dates for the second and third films have been shifting a little, with Jon Landau telling Empire last month that 2014 might be tough. But at least we know Cameron's in it for the long haul…


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Asteroid dead ahead!
L: BenTramer So for all the nuclear weapons and military hardware in his movies, Cameron is really just a boring old hippy behind it all who wants to drone on and on about the environment. "I'm in the Avatar business. Period." I can't tell you how sad that statement made me, that a guy as talented as he is will just keep telling the same story over and over again. If he has to make sequels, go back to the Terminator franchise and kickstart the whole thing again. ell he's proposed a new More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 01:48 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Non-story
The fact that despite he was clearly exaggerating about an "Avatar 4" you still managed to turn it into a story and another plug for the Avatar machine. How about this, leave it alone until you get some ] news k? More

Posted by Spaldron at 01:29 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Avatar was okay in 3D, but in 2D it was pretty shit to be honest - Dances With Wolves in space as one critic put it. I heard Cameron wanted to explore the 'oceans of Pandora' but the story, for me, was thin enough in the first one - there's not really sequel material there, but I'm intrigued enough to be reasonably interested... More

Posted by filmfanatic123 at 00:20 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

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Unless Avatar 2 becomes something worth all the hype then I don't undestand this at all. So great he made a lot of money, surely the ego trip is over by now and he can see what a mediocre product this was compared to Terminator and Aliens. More

Posted by rich at 20:29 on 07 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Avatar hate?
I thought Avatar in 3D was an amazing cinematic experience and I can't wait to see what he's got planned for Avatar 2. 4 films is pushing it though. More

Posted by Harry Tuttle at 18:44 on 07 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Avatar hate?
L: ZachBobBob So...why does anyone genuinely hate Avatar? I mean seriously, somebody give me 10 legitimate reasons why it's a horrible, terrible film and why we should never ever see one again? This is a stupid band wagon that everyone has jumped on. The only bad thing about it I saw was the unoriginal plot. And? It was technical marvel and the plot was an excuse to carry effects and the best 3D I've seen. The next ones should have much better stories, so I for one am quite interested More

Posted by jothman at 17:18 on 07 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: James Cameron Teases Avatar 4
nbsp; I hope he is joking Avatar 1 was bad enough. How about working on the Blu Ray of The Abyss and True Lies now that would be awesome Mr Cameron. More

Posted by NCC1701A at 08:09 on 07 May 2012 | Report This Post

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