We already knew that James Cameron was gearing up for two new Avatar sequels, but it seems he could have even more Pandora adventures in the pipe. How about a prequel trilogy?
In an interview with MTV, Cameron said he's currently slaving away on the scripts for Avatar 2 and 3—but wheels are already turning for what could come next:
"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. Because when we drop in, even in the first film in 'Avatar 1,' as it will be known in the future, we're dropping into a process that's 35 years in to a whole colonization.Comparing it to the six-film franchise Star Wars is intriguing, and his note of "first expeditions" and "later films" implies that he's definitely open to doing more than one prequel in the series.
That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, 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."
Since the first Avatar was a smash hit, you'd have to think the studio would be psyched to ride it for all it's worth, so Cameron likely has free rein. But before we start buying tickets, we're curious to see how Cameron will flesh out the universe in future sequels.
What do you think? Is the world of Avatar interesting enough for a boatload of sequels, or should they just leave it a trilogy?