While Avatar 2 and 3 are currently in development, the fact that there is an Avatar 4 also on the schedule seems to be downright crazy. Earlier, producer Jon Landau cleared some things up by saying there were no plans to shoot a fourth Avatar film. But that could all change, depending on the success of the next two installments. And if they are successful, who’s to say that Avatar 4 would be a direct follow up to the events of Avatar 3?
Well James Cameron spoke to MTV and said that he is exploring some ideas that would make Avatar 4 a prequel.
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. [...] 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.
The fact that Cameron continues to put so much of his time into these Avatar films should make some Battle Angel fans worried. Cameron did say that Battle Angel was still on his mind, but that was before he said that he was no longer going to make non-Avatar films.
MovieZine also spoke to Landau, where he said that after he completes the two sequels for Avatar in four or five years, he would jump into Battle Angel. Landau added that they haven’t even begun the casting phase.
“Who we want to put in the lead role today and who we want to put in the lead role when the time comes, it can be two totally different people who would be right for the role.”
So while it may take some time for Battle Angel to begin production, it will get there. It’s just a matter of patience.
[Source: MTV | MovieZine]