Recently, producer Jon Landau has clarified that James Cameron will film "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" back-to-back, but not the fourth one. It, however, doesn't mean that Cameron is not planning to make "Avatar 4". The "Titanic" helmer admitted that he's already had some plans for the fourth chapter, revealing that it might be some kind of a prequel.
"I have an idea for a fourth," he recently told MTV News. "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."
He explained further, "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."
Before jumping to the possible "Avatar 4" project, Cameron still has to finish two more installments, which he and his team are "working on it" at the moment. Giving an update on the back-to-back project, he said, "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."
Cameron went on sharing that working on the next two "Avatar" films was a daunting task "because I'm writing two scripts together as one big thing." He added, "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!"
The first chapter of "Avatar" was released in 2009 and was named the highest grossing movie of all time. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver, it was set in a spectacular new world where Worthington's Jake Sully embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery, as he leads a heroic war to save a civilization.