James Cameron has revealed that he may let another director take over the franchise after Avatar 3.
In terms of technology and visual effects, the impact of Avatar cannot be understated. James Cameron worked on the project for years and the end result was something that arguably perfected the technology that it utilized. The end result was a film that went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time and, after a series of rereleases, continues to hold that crown.
In the years following the release of Avatar, James Cameron took on the role of producer, adding his name to a number of documentary films and series, as well as Terminator: Dark Fate and Alita: Battle Angel. At that time, he was also slowly working on developing a number of Avatar sequels. Production finally began in 2017 with both Avatar: The Way of Water and the currently untitled Avatar 3 film being shot back to back.
Recently, Avatar: The Way Of Water was the center of Empire Magazine. It gave us our first look at Kate Winslet’s new character and revealed how Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang will return in the upcoming film despite dying in the first movie. But now James Cameron has revealed that the next two trips into Pandora may be his last.
While speaking to Empire, James Cameron revealed that he may let another director take over the Avatar films after the third, citing how time-consuming the production process is:
“The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming. I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting. I think eventually over time – I don’t know if that’s after three or after four – I’ll want to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over, so I can go do some other stuff that I’m also interested in. Or maybe not. I don’t know.”
Here is the synopsis for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water:
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.
Directed by James Cameron from a script he co-wrote with Josh Friedman, the sequel stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Giovanni Ribisi, and Kate Winslet.
Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters on December 16, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.