James Cameron says Avatar 4 is a prequel to Avatar, does not want people comparing it to Star Wars

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72 Responses to “James Cameron says Avatar 4 is a prequel to Avatar, does not want people comparing it to Star Wars

  1. Jeb Adams says:

    Where’s my Challenger Deep footage?

  2. awesome, 3 more movies for me not to see.

  3. That Neil Guy says:

    Am I the only one who has absolutely no interest in Avatar sequels? I don’t even have an interest in seeing the original movie ever again. And is there really enough interest out there to warrant a theme park? Are kids playing Avatar on playgrounds? I don’t get it…

  4. Who is going to make it if DD folds?
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118058630

    In August of 2012, the very month Matte World Digital closed, Digital Domain CEO John Textor gave a talk at the annual SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference in which he questioned whether the visual effects industry could survive in the United States.
    http://www.matteworld.com/

  5. SpaceBeers says:

    I’ll take more Avatar films if that’s all he wants to do but I would sell most of my organs to get him back in the Terminator or Alien universes.

    • Brainspore says:

      Terminator was a cool premise that’s already been dragged out for far too many movies.

      • SpaceBeers says:

        I agree. The 1st 2 films were excellent though and I’d have no problem thinking that if James Cameron had stayed on for a 3rd.

    • Marko Raos says:

      Why for the love of god? He already showed us what he’s capable of with Aliens director’s cut. We’d be crying for Lucas if Cameron ever went to work over Aliens…
      Let him stick to his smurfs in alien paradise. Thankfully i have no interest in that whatsoever so I couldn’t care less what he does with it. Worst case of a quality director sinking into god-complex midlife crisis I’ve ever seen, Lucas included.

    • bcsizemo says:

      Seriously Ridley should just hand over the Prometheus sequel to Cameron.

      It’s be just like Alien vs. Aliens.

      This time I’d get to see a lot more proto aliens and people dying.
      (and by god there better be a Hudson like character.)

  6. Chuck says:

    I think we’re all just grateful that it’s not Titanic 4.

  7. RedShirt77 says:

     I think he wants us to compare it to Star Wars.

    • Funk Daddy says:

      I can help!

      “Man, that Avatar series is such bullshit if you compare it to the original 3 Star Wars movies and remains bullshit even compared to the 3 Star Wars prequels. I wonder if that guy read the writing or if he paid someone to do that?”

    • Brainspore says:

      I get it… he’s not seriously planning the prequel, but he wants us to believe that the next two movies will be this generation’s “Empire” and “Jedi.” Clever move, Cameron.

  8. Funk Daddy says:

    Avatar was such viShit (visually impressive Shit) that I blocked all further instances of the word unless usage was Ultima/etc related. 

    So I’m shocked to learn that there has been a second and third helping of viShit, and that he’s sidling up to the vi toilet yet again!

    And I concur where Jeb asks, what the fuck is the deep sea in the deep freeze or what, Camaroon?

    My queries or expostulations where present are completely solipsistic and I will now re-activate my Avatar filter function.

  9. Lotney says:

    Avatar 1,2,3…N are just excuses to use all the awesome technology he develops. Cameron’s real love is science and technology, not cinema. He should stop making these gorgeous and terrible movies and send a robot to Mars already.

  10. hadlockk says:

    I’d be very interesting to see the marketing data that said people wanted to see a sequel to Avatar. Avatar’s success was a common topic after it’s release, and I don’t ever recall anyone saying something to the effect of “I hope they make a sequel”.

  11. Sekino says:

    I don’t care about Avatar. Never had a desire to see it.

    All I want is for him to not mess up Battle Angel. Gally has better be precisely as she is in the comic. She’s one of my favourite characters ever and the first 5 volumes of the series are majestic (it’s just a damn shame Yukito Kishiro rushed the ending). 

    • Felton / Moderator says:

      Hear, hear.  I’ve been both anticipating and dreading the Battle Angel movie for years.

      • Daemonworks says:

        I used to be a huge fan of Gunm, and while I’m sure Cameron’s got the chops to pull it off, I’m pretty much in ‘dreading it’ mode until I see something really solid. Using the real names would be a good start.

        • disillusion says:

          That’s something I hated too, they completely changed her name just so it would “fit” with a Western audience, though I think the name was actually supposed to be “Gary” and not “Gally” and they screwed up the romanization of it, which could cause problems elsewhere.  It is specifically mentioned that she’s named after a male cat.

    • disillusion says:

      You know Gunnm Last Order is like an alternate ending to it with a continuation right?  So far Last Order is going for longer than the original series.  That said, it is a shame the ending for the first one was rushed and doesn’t meld well with the beginning of the continuation.

      Sadly though, I’m actually hoping he focuses more on Avatar so there’s a lower chance of us getting to see the inevitable disaster that will be a Gunnm/Battle Angel movie.  But then he could prove me wrong.

      • Sekino says:

        Yeah, I was happy when I first heard about Last Order. But upon reading the first couple volumes, I found it looked and felt so different that the contrast was a bit jarring (I found the character design was so altered it looked almost like the work of a different artist). Instead, it felt more like a spinoff to me.

        I’m probably going to pick it up again at some point and appreciate it on its own merit- without trying too hard to mesh the old and new-  since Kishiro is an awesome artist and I’m sure I’ve been missing out on some interesting stuff..

  12. Frank Diekman says:

    Takes ten years to make movie.

    Uses papyrus typeface fr the title.

  13. duchessprozac says:

    There once was a time I was excited to see a Battle Angel movie directed by the guy who made Aliens and Terminator 1/2. Then the millenium came and went and Battle Angel Alita faded from memory until only the barest thread of it still exists in my mind. 

    I’m not entirely certain there are that many many people still interested in seeing this movie now, let alone a few years from now. It’d be like Japan making an adaption of Dark Skies , sure it could be good, but for a great many people the original has already faded into obscurity.

  14. Boundegar says:

    Four?  Was there even a two yet?  Man, I am so behind.

  15. Thad Boyd says:

    Apparently, the plan is to make the fourth movie a prequel to the other three movies, which sounds like something we’ve seen before that went, well, not that great for the fans.

    I have no idea what you’re talking about.  X-Men: First Class was great.

  16. rastronomicals says:

    Cameron is richer than God, and has plenty of money to go out and pay for an ace script from someone able to come up with the goods (I’m thinking someone in the realm of print science fiction, but let’s face it:  there are plenty of people just in *Hollywood* who could have written a good or even great script for Avatar).  If Cameron finds it within himself the ability to ask for help, I can imagine going to see a sequel or a prequel or whatevs.

    But if not, not a chance.  Roger Dean eye candy or no, watching a movie with a script like that is like getting spit on repeatedly.

    • Brainspore says:

      Cameron is richer than God, and has plenty of money to go out and pay for an ace script from someone able to come up with the goods…

      Maybe so, but George Lucas is richer than Platinum Edition God.

    • bcsizemo says:

      But the problem with a lot of the “greats” now is the fact they are looking to tell some epic story.  That’s not what got most of them to the status where they are now, and frankly they kind of suck at it.

      I want the James Cameron from Aliens…lots of aliens, space marines, guns, more guns, and some great over acting.  That’s what I want from Cameron, an updated and better CGI version of Aliens.  <  Now I'd pay to see that in the theater.

  17. Marko Raos says:

    i think i threw up in my mouth a little

  18. Avatar was written to have broad strokes, mass appeal and as such, there is nothing wrong with its writing; I missed whatever Chekhovian nuances elevate the much beloved and equally derivative and broad Star Wars above it.  It was well-structured, old-fashioned matinee story-telling with some interesting twists: Cameron managed to incorporate a distinctly countercultural, pagan-pantheistic rejection of Military-Industrialized Western hegemony, and the idea of the avatar itself served as an elegant metaphor for the immersive power of its own digital technologies.  It is one of the best mass appeal blockbusters of the modern era, and I’m sure Cameron could give a rat’s ass for the innumerable dweebs who think they’re smarter than it.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      It, like Titanic before it, was an eyeful on a big screen.  Sheer spectacle.  Doesn’t really work for repeated viewings (or viewings on smaller displays) due to a clunktastic and endlessly derivative script.  Like Rastronomicals above mentions, it’s a world that would be worth revisiting with a talented screenwriter onboard.  Otherwise, it’ll be another empty spectacle, only derivative of Avatar this time, for the love of Mike.

    • lorq says:

      Whereas he apparently is in desperate need of your personal help in defending himself against them.

      • Steve Taylor says:

         WTF? You’re saying he must be Cameron’s personal stooge just because he disagrees with you? Solid reasoning there.

  19. royaltrux says:

    You all are being awful hard on the Beav. As pop culture bubblegum goes, I thought watching Avatar in 3D was pretty thrilling, mostly.

  20. Peter says:

    I was so disappointed when I heard that the sequels to Avatar would be all about Pandora.

    Because it’s called Avatar, not Pandora, and the idea of the Avatars is a far more beautiful concept than the Na’vi Dances With Wolves story that’s getting the sequels.  You could hang all SORTS of stories, by focusing on using the Avatar interface on OTHER alien worlds… imagine a taut spy thriller as a man’s forced to go undercover on an alien world (maybe jumping through several different bodies) to steal some kind of technology or destabilize their government or even diplomacy, for example, maybe they’re a Star Trek type “Federation” of generally peaceful and cooperative alien races and we risk screwing them over, or maybe they’re a hi-tech but byzantine society like Iain Banks The Player of Games (we know Cameron has no qualms about stealing ideas!) with a serious dark side, or maybe there are multiple factions in conflict on the planet and Earth wants one to prosper, despite that it’s not the best one.   All of those ideas, and many more, might interest me, and probably far more than “Let’s go back to Pandora.”

    You made a billion dollar movie.   You’ve earned some cache and name recognition and people are going to follow you to your next movie no matter what.  Instead of using it on “The exact same movie, part 2!”, use it to get a little experimental! 

  21. Matthijs Smith says:

    People are inevitably going to compare Avatar to Star Wars, because Avatar IS Star Wars: science and magic blended together, served up with special effects that revolutionize the industry and sell a boatload of tickets, all tied together by really stupid writing.

  22. Carver says:

    I wonder what movies he’ll steal the plot from next.

  23. Jamie, now that Frank Miller’s graphic novel is in the can, is there any truth to the persistent rumors that Guillermo del Toro has signed on to direct the much-anticipated Avatar reboot?

  24. Petzl says:

    Sam Worthington created such a nuanced and complex character — are 3 prequels really enough to explore where he had come to by the first Avatar movie?

  25. Culturedropout says:

    Meh.  Wake me when he makes a hardcore VR sex game involving large, attractive, blue aliens.

  26. TheMudshark says:

    I want Battle Angel, screw those blue kittehs.

  27. Ryan Lenethen says:

    He should read “Old Man’s War” and do that instead. Its basically the same technological premis, but with a story a bit more complex than Disney’s Pocahontas .

  28. I would much rather see a prequel to The Abyss, or for that matter a sequel.

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