It’s official: James Cameron is just making “Avatar” movies and going on elaborate deep-sea dives from now on. In a recent interview with the New York Times, the Oscar-winning, “king of the world” director says his production company is no longer in the business of developing films. Instead, Cameron is only 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. I’m not interested in taking scripts. And 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.”
So Cameron still has at least three more pieces of social commentary to instill upon the world then.
But this retirement seems to be just for feature films. Cameron is in the process of making a documentary based on his deep sea dive from earlier this year.
“I’ve done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I’ll hopefully do a lot more,” the eccentric director said.
Anyone hoping for more original fictional-film experiences from Cameron in the vein of “The Terminator” or “The Abyss” is out of luck.
But the director says “Avatar 2” is still on schedule.
“So we’ve been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing. We haven’t gotten to the design stage yet. That’ll be the next.”
It has already been confirmed that Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will be back for the next “Avatar” film. Sigourney Weaver confirmed that she’ll be back as well even though (SPOILER ALERT) her character dies in the first film.
Humans will be the antagonists in this film as well. “It would be a continuation of their story and I expect that those nasty humans didn’t go away forever,” Cameron stated during an interview with MTV News.
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