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Cameron Reveals More On Avatar 4
And Battle Angel is still alive...

09 September 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: MTV

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Cameron Reveals More On Avatar 4

Despite the fact that every time anyone associated with James Cameron’s big Avatar plans opens their mouth, the news wires light up like Pandora’s bioluminescence, it’s been tough to find out exactly what’s going on with the movies beyond Cameron’s current ambition to shoot the second and third movies back to back. And despite Sigourney Weaver’s comments this year about a fourth film being added to the production batch, Cameron himself has now rolled things back a little bit.

Talking with MTV, he does at least say that the fourth film is being planned, and that he now knows where it might sit in the continuity. “I have an idea for a fourth," Cameron told the site. "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."

Films two and three, he explains, will wrap up the story he’s already got in his head. Four will need to dip back into history to relate something fresh, even if it does lead into what we know. "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."

The reason he’s been taking his time gearing up the next films is that he wants the process to be much easier this time around. "We've spent two years refining the whole pipeline," he explains. "It was a hideously complex process to make that film and a lot has been said about that, but we don't want it to be done in the same prototypical way as the first one, we want it to be a much smoother workflow just for creativity reasons."

But what of life after Avatar? Cameron appears committed to Pandora for the foreseeable future, but producer Jon Landau, talking with MovieZine (and helpfully translated by Collider), reveals that one of the director’s other big plans, manga adaptation Battle Angel Alita, is still alive and kicking. “I am sure you will get to see Battle Angel. It is one of my favourite stories, a great story about a young woman’s journey to self-discovery. It is a film that begs the question: What does it mean to be human?' Are you human if you have a heart, a brain or a soul? I look forward to giving the audience the film.”

But he won’t be drawn on casting, especially since the film will likely not hit screens before 2017 and that actual production is a long way off for now. “Who we want to put in the lead role today and who we want to put in the lead role when the time comes, it can be two totally different people who would be right for the role. Now we focus on Avatar for the next four or five years. It will hopefully right after that.” Come on Jim and Jon... Just get the first couple made already.


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Just a few simple words from this guy would make my day ; "I shall not be writing these films" God! what a relief that would be! No more rubbish from a man who is clearly functionally illiterate! More

Posted by Musicals at 21:08 on 13 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Too Long
Sometimes I get the feeling I'll be pushing Daisys by the time this'll happen. Though saying that just look at Malick he's gotten very prolific in his latter years (well for him anyway More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:26 on 11 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Too Long
But does there really need to be another film? It was all wrapped up nicely. More films just feel like a guaranteed cash in. More

Posted by TwistedAnimator at 09:59 on 11 September 2012 | Report This Post

Too Long
As much as I enjoyed Avatar I think this current vein of having to wait at least till at least 2015 for a sequel to the first one (6 years after release) is stretching it a bit far. We are now talking of a time-scale of at least another 5-6 years for the trilogy to be complete and whilst I hope the story arc and the story better the first one, I wonder if people will have the staying power nowadays to wait that long. More

Posted by spamfiend at 14:43 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Box Office Speaks For Itself
I thought Avatar was excellent and would happily sit through another one, that said I really want to see Battle Angel Alita made More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 13:30 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

Box Office Speaks For Itself
I don't think a gimmick alone can be responsible for a gillion dollars of box office. I for one (well along with a couple hundred million others) thought the original was a great movie and an awesome experience. If it was a money making exercise alone surely we would have already seen Avatar 2 by now! IMHO THE only 3-D movie that was worth my cash! More

Posted by Fozola at 13:23 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

Going to do it
So he is going to do this Dispite a massive percentage of viewers hating the first and generally the only reason why it did so well was the 3d gimmick Oh well Mr Cameron good luck to you, you have come up with a winning formula similar to Mr Lucas in gaining as much money as possible with the least directorial and story driven films - Bravo IMHO More

Posted by dholleyuk at 12:42 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: So, Alita is still alive and well?
L: NCC1701A L: BelfastBoy I'm sure there'll be loads of snarky comments about this soon enough, but I'm personally looking forward to more Avatar sequels. However, any prequel story is inherently pointless in the very obvious sense that the ultimate conclusion will always be known in advance. Avatar itself has already established the context in sufficient detail, so do we really need to see this stretched out to movie length just to grab some more dollars? I'm sure it'd be a technical More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 12:31 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

Going to do it
So he is going to do this Dispite a massive percentage of viewers hating the first and generally the only reason why it did so well was the 3d gimmick Oh well Mr Cameron good luck to you, you have come up with a winning formula similar to Mr Lucas in gaining as much money as possible with the least directorial and story driven films - Bravo IMHO More

Posted by dholleyuk at 12:31 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: So, Alita is still alive and well?
L: BelfastBoy I'm sure there'll be loads of snarky comments about this soon enough, but I'm personally looking forward to more Avatar sequels. However, any prequel story is inherently pointless in the very obvious sense that the ultimate conclusion will always be known in advance. Avatar itself has already established the context in sufficient detail, so do we really need to see this stretched out to movie length just to grab some more dollars? I'm sure it'd be a technically amazing but ul More

Posted by NCC1701A at 10:40 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: So, Alita is still alive and well?
I'm sure there'll be loads of snarky comments about this soon enough, but I'm personally looking forward to more Avatar sequels. However, any prequel story is inherently pointless in the very obvious sense that the ultimate conclusion will always be known in advance. Avatar itself has already established the context in sufficient detail, so do we really need to see this stretched out to movie length just to grab some more dollars? I'm sure it'd be a technically amazing but ultimately grim film, More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 10:12 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

So, Alita is still alive and well?
That's good news, everyone! More

Posted by kielerkai at 08:41 on 10 September 2012 | Report This Post

More Quaritch please
If we are going to go back in time for the fourth film, then a look at Colonel Miles Quaritch, his initial forays onto Pandora and how he got his head scars is, for me, a must. More

Posted by Draven Cage at 23:02 on 09 September 2012 | Report This Post

Thought so
I was reading the start of that news piece and thought it'd be cool to go back to when Grace first showed up and the problems that occurred when the humans first touched down. More

Posted by HulkySmashSmash at 20:53 on 09 September 2012 | Report This Post


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