James Cameron Discusses Possible Avatar Prequel; Battle Angel Still Possible
09.12.12 by BJSprecher
Considering the phenomenal success of Avatar, a sequel or sequels was a given, so no one was really that surprised when writer-director James Cameron revealed that he was filming Avatar 2 and 3 back-to-back. What was surprising, was when he hinted in May that he might be making plans for a fourth Avatar movie and said that he is "not interested in developing anything" outside of Avatar. Was Cameron going to alter his plans for an Avatar trilogy just to squeeze in another movie? And, what about the Battle Angel Alita adaptation that he said would have to be pried from his "cold dead fingers" before he would let it go? Apparently, Cameron won't be altering anything, revealing to MTV that the fourth Avatar would be a prequel to the trilogy. And, as for Battle Angel, producer Jon Landau said in a separate interview that he is "sure" we will get to see it...someday.
Cameron told MTV that he spent two years following Avatar "refining the whole pipline" so that the sequels would be quicker and easier to make, but that he is still working on writing Avatar 2 and 3.
It was a hideously complex process to make that film and a lot has been said about that, but we don't want to beat ourselves over the head doing it in that same prototypical way that we did the first one. We want it to be a much smoother workflow, just for creativity reasons, if nothing else. And, you know, I'm still writing because I'm writing the two scripts kind of together as one big thing.
Cameron said that he has "an idea" for a fourth Avatar movie and that it will most likely be a prequel because "it's a logical thing to do" after completing the "thematic arc" of the trilogy.
I haven't really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions to Pandora, and kind of what went wrong between the humans and the Na'vi and what it was like to be an explorer in a completely unknown world. Because when we drop in, even in the first film in , as it will be known in the future, we're dropping into a process that's 35 years in to a whole colonization. ... 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.
So...where does Battle Angel fit into all of Cameron's ambitious plans? Cameron's not talking, but producer Jon Landau seems to think that it's still on the horizon, telling Swedish entertainment site MovieZine that it will most likely follow Avatar.
I am sure you will get to see Battle Angel. It is one of my favorite 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. ... Now we focus on Avatar for the next four or five years. It will hopefully [follow] right after that.
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