James Cameron says Avatar 4 will be a prequel

A fourth film is on the way after all

Avatar fans can look forward to a fourth film after all, with James Cameron revealing that the third sequel in the 3D extravaganza will actually take the form of a prequel.

Only last week producer Jon Landau claimed that he and Cameron would be working on the next two films back to back, but suggested that there were no plans for a fourth episode. Clearly, that has now changed.

"I have an idea for a fourth," says Cameron. "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."

“In the first film, we’re dropping into a process that’s 35 years in to a whole colonisation," he continues. "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.”

As for the workload involved, Cameron has at least managed to streamline the creative process, with the next two (or three) films unlikely to be such a Herculean undertaking.

"We’ve spent two years refining the whole pipeline," he says. "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.”

Avatar 2 will arrive at some point in 2015.

Do you want to see another three Avatar films? Tell us, below!


    • Siban1982

      Sep 10th 2012, 10:51

      3 more on the way?!... I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

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    • filbert77

      Sep 10th 2012, 11:00

      He's making the mistake of thinking that 1) anyone cares 2) anyone will watch this c**p..

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 10th 2012, 11:26

      Where is Skynet when you need it?

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    • thedanieljson

      Sep 10th 2012, 11:32

      It's just a big crazy vanity project. Avatar is not a classic film that feels like it needs a SINGLE sequal, let alone three.

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    • Danieliq

      Sep 10th 2012, 11:45

      Why does he waste his time on this b******t?! Make another Terminator movie instead!!!

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    • ilikescifi

      Sep 10th 2012, 12:46

      maybe it won't be a sequel so much as a different story in the same universe. i'm still waiting for the Abyss connection

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    • ThrashGordon

      Sep 10th 2012, 17:56

      Hahaha, oh man. Well, that's just great. A prequel for a film that has all the depth and feeling of a puddle in the road.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 10th 2012, 22:33

      A trilogy makes sense but pushing it to 4 is just milking it.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 10th 2012, 22:34

      Danieliq - Why should Jim go back to Terminator when Judgement Day was a masterpiece ?

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    • FBJRider

      Sep 11th 2012, 2:27

      Well with any luck he'll spend a little more time on the stories for these ones.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Sep 11th 2012, 8:54

      Instead of grabbing two or three well-known stories off of the bookshelf and just shuffling the pages up, right?

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