In an interview granted to Empire, James Cameron declared that he could pass on the baton for the staging of opus 4 and 5 of the saga “Avatar”.
Le magazines Empire dedicates its July issue to James Cameron’s event film Avatar: The Waterwaywhich hits theaters on December 14.
After unveiling the first photos of the characters played by Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang in Na’vi, the magazine has just published an interview with James Cameron in which the visionary director announces that he may not be directing the 4th and 5th installments of the Avatar saga.
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Upon the release of the first part in 2009, James Cameron announced that his SF film would have sequels. Avatar 3, 4 and 5 are even already dated for December 2024, 2026 and 2028.
As a reminder, Avatar: The Way and the Water and Avatar 3 were filmed simultaneously. Episodes 4 and 5 should also be shot one after the other, but it is not certain that the filmmaker behind the saga is behind the camera…
Addressing EmpireCameron says: “The Avatar films are all-consuming. I have other projects in development that I’m just as excited about. I think after a while – I don’t know if it will be after three or four films – I want to hand over to a director I trust, so I can do other things. Or maybe not. I don’t know.as.”
To free up time for Avatar: The Way of the Water and Avatar 3, James Cameron had already entrusted the staging of Alita: Battle Angel, adapted from the manga Gunnm, to Robert Rodríguez. The director of Titanic, however, wanted to stage this adaptation since the beginning of the 2000s.
Episodes 4 and 5 uncertain?
Avatar nevertheless remains a universe specific to James Cameron, who imagined the world of Pandora from A to Z. Will he really be able to let the saga end in the hands of another director?
Especially since the latter seems particularly enthusiastic about the rest of the story. “Anything I need to say about family, about sustainability, about climate, about the natural world, themes that are important to me in real life and in my film life, I can say on this canvas“, he explains.
The more I advance on these projects, the more I am enthusiastic. The fourth film is amazing. I really hope I can do that, but it will depend on market forces. The third is in box, so it will come out no matter what. I really hope we can do the fourth and fifth movies because it’s one and the same story, at the end of the day.
If the first Avatar is the biggest worldwide success of all time, with 2.8 billion dollars in worldwide revenue, its director is nonetheless aware of the reality of the market.
The cinema having lost many spectators because of the pandemic, James Cameron seems to have doubts that Avatar: The Way of the Water is doing as well as its predecessor.
The box office results of the second and third opus will therefore be decisive for the launch ofAvatar 4 and 5, with or without James Cameron.