James Cameron Is Hard At Work: 4th ‘Avatar’ Film May Be A Prequel, ‘Battle Angel’ Is Still Happening
While James Cameron is working on the next two installments to the Avatar franchise he created, he spoke with MTV about the possibility of a fourth film. If it were to happen, it’d be a prequel to the story we all know so well by now, explaining the early expeditions of Pandora:
I have an idea for a fourth. 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.
Seems like there’s definitely a lot of meat in these stories to be able to expand the film universe in the way that George Lucas did with Star Wars. I’m actually interested in seeing the lead-up to everything we’ve seen so far in this universe.
Cameron went on to talk about the next two films, which he’s currently working on and “writing two scripts together as one big thing”:
We’ve spent two years refining the whole pipeline. 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.
Where do the ideas come from? Well, he clearly has a TARDIS and won’t admit to it:
You know, Peter Jackson had it easy, he already had the books. He had the books. Now if I had a time machine I could go forward and watch the movies and then come back, but I don’t!
On top of working on Avatar, Cameron still plans to get the film adaptation of the sci-fi manga series, Battle Angel, on the road.
Producer Jon Landau talked with MovieZine, a Swedish site, about the status of Battle Angel.
We’ll focus on ‘Avatar’ for the next four or five years. Hopefully right after that… I am confident you will see it. 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.
Earlier this year, Cameron’s comments made it seem like this project may not be moving forward but based on what Landau had said, it may actually happen.
Battle Angel is a Japanese manga series set in a world dominated by cyborgs in the 26th century. It follows a young girl who is in a cyborg body and experiences an existential crisis after learning that she was saved from a wreckage.
So that’s all the James Cameron news we have for you today! What do you guys think about the possibility of an extended look at the Avatar universe? And Battle Angel?