James Cameron: Don't call it Avatar 2, here's the new title

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Sort of. Director James Cameron says it makes no sense to call the follow-up to his megahit 3-D sci-fi movie Avatar 2 and offers up a few details about what he wants for the sequel. (Spoilers ahead!)

Not only would Avatar 2 be an unoriginal name, it wouldn't actually fit: The original movie ended with Jake (Sam Worthington) becoming an actual Na'vi, so he's no longer an avatar.

"Certainly I don't want to call it Avatar 2," Cameron said at the Visual Effects Society Awards ceremony in Century City, Calif., on Sunday, where he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. "He's not an avatar anymore, is he? Maybe we'll call it Na'vi."

As for the story, a second Avatar film would emphasize the spiritual aspect of the Na'vi even further than the original, he said. Avatar was primarily an action/adventure with the spiritual nature of the Na'vi at its heart. Now that audiences have embraced the Na'vi culture, Cameron can give it more weight in the sequels.

"I think we can see that there's a greater receptivity to it on the part of the audience than certainly the studio originally imagined," Cameron said. "We pared back on it a fair bit in the first film, and I think we can go farther in that direction and not alienate people."

Earlier, Cameron had said he hadn't completed a deal yet to direct the sequel. But he made clear on Sunday that he wouldn't let anyone else direct the follow-up.

"I wouldn't do that for the second film," Cameron said. "It'd be premature to turn it over to somebody else right now. I think I'd have to use a film to train somebody to be able to take the reins, honestly. That's how I see it."

Cameron has mentioned plans for a trilogy of Avatar films. At least he's on board for the next one, even if he delegates the third.

To see Cameron's VES Lifetime Achievement Awards acceptance speech, watch the VES Awards on Reelz Channel March 5 at 10 p.m.

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