After years in development chaos as James Cameron tried to develop two Avatar sequels, the process of making four Avatar sequels is finally coming. Avatar: The Way of Water, as well as Avatar 3, which was then completed simultaneously. Then the franchise will move to film Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, but it may do so without James Cameron.
James Cameron admits that the production of the Avatar sequels is something that takes up all of his time, and that he'll have to choose between making more Avatar movies and doing all of his time. He stops short of saying that he won't direct the next two films, but says that his mind is on him.
The Avatar films themselves are quite rewarding. Ive got several other things I've developed as well. I think later in the future I'll wish to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over, so I can go do some other things that's also interested in. Or maybe not.
This is a potentially unsettling turn of events, on the lookout for Steven Spielberg's decision not to direct Indiana Jones 5. In both instances, we discussed film franchises that are strongly linked to their directors.
The aim, as far as we knew, was to ensure that Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 will be combined in the same manner as the two and three parts. It sounds like this idea is in flux as James Cameron suggests that he might still direct part four but not five, indicating they may be handled separately. Or perhaps he might find a director who will take on both sequels.
More to come...