There’s a good reason that Avatar 4, or whatever it will be called, won’t be produced back-to-back with chapters 2 and 3. James Cameron has now revealed that after those two imminent sequels, he’s going to be hopping back in time and spinning out stories set before the original movie.
I have an idea for a fourth… I haven’t really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.
As Cameron explained to MTV, the first film lands us some 35 years into Earth’s colonisation of Pandora. This leaves space for not just one prequel, but possibly a number:
We’ll start, not imitating Star Wars, but it’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan.
And there goes his promised Battle Angel picture, almost to the horizon, seeming like a more and more faint prospect day by day.
But Cameron’s right about the world of Avatar. He has created something very rich in potential with Pandora, and there’s truly an awful lot of stories that could be told in that context. I’d be fascinated to see what he can tell us about exploration and diplomacy through this filter – or, really, any other filter, but if this is the one that floats his boat, then great, good for him. I just look forward to seeing his next films.
Right. How long until Lightstorm register The Pandora Chronicles as a trademark, string of URLs and the like? Seems inevitable to be me now. Maybe we should squat it ourselves.
Here’s a bit of Jim, anyhow…
Titanic is released on Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray in the UK tomorrow, then on Tuesday in the US.