In an unexpected turn of events, James Cameron has confirmed that he would be leaving the Avatar saga and not directing the upcoming sequels.
james cameron He has always been a filmmaker with a great vision. A director who sees and imagines possibilities the rest of us can only imagine. After revolutionizing cinema with Avatartaking a conceptually perfect original idea and turning it into the highest-grossing film of all time alongside Avengers: Endgame, his next vision was to create a new epic saga of four movies set in the same universe. The idea was to tell a great story contextualized in the resplendent planet of Pandora.
The first of those sequels, Avatar: The Water SenseIt will hit theaters next December. The third film, still untitled, will do the same in two years, in 2024. The filming of the third installment of the franchise has been done jointly, so it is already truly filmed. On the other hand, it is expected that both the fourth and fifth movies, when they go into production soon, will also be filmed in the same way. That is, simultaneously. However, the surprising thing is that, although all this was the dream of James Cameron, the filmmaker will not be part of the future of the saga.
The director wants to have “room” for other films
In an exclusive conversation granted to Empire Magazine, the legendary filmmaker discussed his plans for the next installments in the franchise. He included the possibility of appointing someone else to bring the saga to its ultimate conclusion. “The Avatar movies themselves are all-consuming,” admitted James Cameron. “I’m also developing other things that are just as exciting. I think eventually, I don’t know if after the third or fourth, I’ll want to hand over to a director that I trust to take over. So I can do other things that I’m also interested in doing.”
Previously, James Cameron planned the production of Alita: Battle Angel (2019), directed by his friend Robert Rodriguez. In fact, it was planned that it would be the director of Avatar who will be in charge of the co-direction of Alita: Battle Angel. However, as the Pandora franchise ate up all of his time and space, he ultimately just stayed on the project as co-writer and executive producer. This is the reason why he wants to leave the franchise, in order to have room for other films.