Some interesting news regarding James Cameron has been spreading in the last week or so with the filmmaker commenting that as far as making films in the future, he’s entirely focused on the Avatar universe and nothing else.
Of course Avatar needs little introduction, not to be confused with the Nickelodian TV series of the same name the Avatar film was released in December 2009 where it went on to become a worldwide theatrical phenomenon grossing approximately $2.7 billion in its cinematic run and bringing mainstream 3D film releases back to the industry in a huge way.
Sequels to the Avatar film have been discussed previously however rumours have also circulated speculating that Cameron was entertaining the idea of returning to the Terminator universe with a fifth instalment, and of course there is the long gestating ‘Battle Angel’ film that Cameron has been attached to.
It now seems that any possibility of Cameron producing or directing those other films has been swept away with him saying it’s all about Avatar and possibly some documentaries along the way. The filmmaker stated the following;
Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m 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. And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I’m continuing.
Sounds pretty final in terms of what projects he’ll allow himself to be involved with in the future, and note the mention of a possible fourth Avatar film in that franchise. With the filmmaker pushing the technical limits of the industry, and his desire to develop new technologies and incorporate them into the film making process, the next Avatar film is a long way off with the current schedule stating a release in 2015.