James Cameron to Make ‘Avatar 4’ Instead of ‘Battle Angel’

The filmmaker dissolves his development arm and will no longer produce other people’s films, focusing only on Panadora and documentaries.

Director James Cameron teases the possibility of Avatar 4
Director James Cameron teases the possibility of Avatar 4
Director James Cameron is currently developing the sequels Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, the first of which will likely miss its proposed 2014 release date. While it is believed that both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will be shot back-to-back, the filmmaker also teased that Avatar 4 is a possibility.

Take a look at what he had to say below, where the filmmaker reveals he isn't interested in developing anything else except for these Pandora-set sequels.

"I've divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I've made two movies in 16 years, and I've done eight expeditions. 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.

I've done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I'll hopefully do a lot more. In fact, I'm doing one right now, which is on this, the DeepSea Challenge project that we just completed the first expedition. So that'll be a film that'll get made this year and come out first quarter of next year."

Last month, we reported that the filmmaker wanted to make the long-delayed Battle Angel after his sequel to Avatar. It seems that plan may not come to fruition now. The director also gave a status update regarding the progress of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.

"We've spent the last year and a half on software development and pipeline development. The virtual production methodology was extremely prototypical on the first film. As then, no one had ever done it before and we didn't even know for two and half years into it and $100 million into it if it was going to work. So we just wanted to make our lives a whole lot easier so that we can spend a little more of our brainpower on creativity. It was a very, very uphill battle on the first film. So we've been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing. We haven't gotten to the design stage yet. That'll be the next."

Avatar 2 comes to theaters November 2017 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Avatar 3 comes to theaters November 2018 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.

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Comments (47)

  1. Ben Ramirez

    The movie made over $2B...far from sucking...and $$ is what counts. Everything else is just rotten apples..;)

    3 years agoby @Ben-RamirezFlag

  2. SherlockHolmes2009

    @felipe-11 O well everyone knows he can choose a cast, he made Arnold Schwarzenegger a f*cking icon with making him the Terminator. And again I didnt say Titanic sucked, titanic was alright I was saying Avatar sucked cuz its the same story repeated but this time its in space

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  3. Replicant

    @SherlockHolmes2009 At least Avatar had a good story, however recycled it may be. When was the last time Michael Bay had a good story in his movies? I'd rather see him do the same "cowboy vs indians, Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves" story for Transformers 4 than having to sit through TF2 and TF3 again. And at least Cameron knows how to find talent and choose his cast and has launched complete unknowns into stardom, not like Bay who thinks a Victoria's Secret lingerie model passes for an actress.

    Btw, Titanic was re-released after 15 years and a sh*tload of people went to see it. Did people really go to a movie only to see 15 year-old special effects? Or is there perhaps a something else that makes the movie special? A good story perhaps? Good acting maybe?

    @moviegeek I wasn't talking sequels, just people wanting Cameron to flop, in general. Everytime someone thinks his movie is gonna flop, it goes ahead and breaks box-office records.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  4. moviegeek

    @felipe-11 Cameron didn't make a sequel to Titanic. I have no doubt that Cameron can sell a costly, original idea. But I don't think he can do it three, let alone four, times.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Well, I'm surprised and disappointed. Sounds like he's pretty serious. I'm not gonna go bashing his career or compare him to Michael Bay, but the way I see it, let the man do whatever the f*ck he wants. He's made many changes in the industry and has brought in memorable classics. His films together have generated billions and will hardly be forgotten. He's at the point where he can walk into any studio, and they will bend over to his every request.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. SherlockHolmes2009

    @SpaceCowboy I totally agree that Camerons just another Michael Bay. Besides the Terminator and T2, which I must admit I do love, he does like you say, use over the top visuals to cover up a sh*tty movie exactly like Michael Bay. That is why I didnt enjoy Avatar, it was just a remake of Dances with Wolves but set in space with some over the top visuals

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  7. Sean

    Why is James Cameron thinking about making an Avatar 4, when Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are not even going to be filmed any time soon?

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. SpaceCowboy

    @SherlockHolmes2009 Sad thing is he won't. James Cameron has stuck to the same formula for almost 30 years and it hasn't aged well. I don't like flimsy dialog, cardbaord cut-out characters, and visuals that try to cover up all the faults. I mean, look at Titanic and Avatar, and heck, I'll say it, T2. The most interesting thing about those movies were the special effects. If people haven't seen it already they will, but James Cameron is just another Michael Bay. Except less cruel and gross with how he handles the camera. (I realize James Cameron started making movies before Michael Bay, but Bay seems to hold the weakest reputation)

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  9. Replicant

    @moviegeek Are you really gonna be one of those people who expect Cameron to flop, like they did before Titanic was released, and they did again before Avatar was released? Go ahead then...

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  10. SherlockHolmes2009

    @SpaceCowboy Yea I knew that. Whats he trying to do get as rich as Steven Spieldberg. If thats the case he needs to make way better movies than hes already done now adays

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  11. moviegeek

    Watch the next Avatar flop and ruin his plans for the next two haha :P

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  12. SpaceCowboy

    @felipe-11 Oh, haha. Whoops!

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  13. Replicant

    @SpaceCowboy No! I meant you're the only one who actually read and understood the article! Everyone else is already talking like Avatar 4 is already confirmed and Battle Angel completely scrapped.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  14. SpaceCowboy

    @felipe-11 Are you implying I didn't read the article? Because I did. Otherwise I wouldn't have wrote what I wrote.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  15. Replicant

    @SpaceCowboy True, but as I've confirmed a long time ago, people here don't read the actual articles, they just read the title and comment based on that.

    @justatadmatt Also true. That's certainly what George Lucas did and we can't really blame them.

    Anyway, Cameron is an INCREDIBLY BUSY guy; he has to fit in feature films to his schedule, making doc*mentaries, he does research for National Geographic and NASA, heck, he's even helped develop the actual space helmets that NASA uses on missions and the 3D cameras as we know them today. You can't blame him if the guy says he doesn't want to make another guy's movie.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  16. ROFLitschristian

    "Filmmakers are so unoriginal today." - James Cameron.


    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  17. CUPID

    Good, i hope he never makes that Battle Angel movie, and i dont give a sh*t about Avatar anyway.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  18. JasonKat

    he makes it seem like we already seen 2 and 3. lol and how lame that nobody will get to watch part2 for til the next 3-4yrs,

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  19. justatadmatt

    The whole dream of being in the film industry is getting to a point where you can decide what you want to work on....this man has surpassed any one else's dreams to the point where he is so secure and happy that he can just focus on what he wants to do. he wants to explore and use that as inspiration for a world he created...I'm not a fan of Avatar, but the man did some amazing things with that movie visually and for that I respect him. I'm glad he gets to live the dream.

    3 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  20. Space101

    Let's see how the the 2nd and 3rd come out...then we'll see from there if a 4th one is really necessary...

    3 years agoby @space101Flag

  21. Corey W.

    My lord, let's see how 2 and 3 turn out first. The first movie was epic, sure, but even that film lacked originality. I doubt by a 3rd film I'll be SO involved with the series that I'll want a 4th.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  22. SherlockHolmes2009

    Why make sequels to a film that sucked in the first place

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  23. renodc

    Unfortunately, there isn't a Dances with Wolves 2 & 3 for Cameron to rip-off for Avatar sequels.

    3 years agoby @renodcFlag

  24. Dan

    I let go of my hope in a Battle Angel movie quite a while ago. This article just makes me sigh.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  25. empath86

    i heard about this like three days ago.

    3 years agoby @empath86Flag

  26. Vamp

    I didn't much care for the first one... But 4? That's always pushing it. Hope his sequels hit audiences as hard as the first one did.

    3 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  27. SpaceCowboy

    Doesn't sound like Avatar 4 is anything he's serious about. Just an option if it comes down to a higher demand for a part four in the series. It also doesn't sound like Battle Angel is completely off the table.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  28. justinishulk

    @kingbrady yea right.. by the time we all get old....

    3 years agoby @justinishulkFlag

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