While we sit here, still many torturous years away from Avatar 2, it’s hard to even imagine all of the great ideas brewing in James Cameron’s head for Avatars 3 through ∞. Will the Avatars make out with the humans? Will the blue stuff come off of them by mistake? Will they celebrate Christmas together and overcome all the emotional baggage? Will the humans finally crack the code? Will I ever actually see Avatar? (No!) WHO KNOWS! The answer is: James Cameron. James knows about the future (past) of Avatar and his idea is perfect. From MTV:

“I have an idea for a fourth,” Cameron told MTV News when we caught up with him at a press event for “Titanic.” (A new collector’s edition of the record-breaking movie hits home video on September 10.) “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.”

“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.”

Yup. That’s the only thing left to do. The last bit of unpacking we have to do in the Avatar universe, before we can start on all the other Avatar-related stuff that we have to do, NOT BECAUSE STAR WARS DID IT (AND IT WORKED OUT SO WELL FOR THAT FRANCHISE), but because the story demands it. It doesn’t even matter that we could never think of that idea in a million years. James Cameron has our blue Avatar tail backs. (Via Vulture.)

Comments (30)
  1. I gotta be honest, I never even saw the first Avatar, because I don’t really like 3D, and there is no legitimate reason to watch that movie any other way, so I don’t really care about any Avatar. But if James Cameron manages to find a way to tell the entire story of how the blue alien cats evolved into the species we all know as Smurfs, I will be ALL for that.

    • I will see the Smurf movie, but I will never see any Avatar… except maybe the 5th. I heard that’s when it gets really good.

    • I was so excited to read that Kelly hasn’t seen Avatar, and now you haven’t either? I am not alone! We are an army of people who don’t care about stupid gimmick movies that didn’t really look very good!

    • don’t worry about it, it sucks.

    • I went to see Avatar like a month after it was released, on a Tuesday at around noon with a HUGE hangover. It was a really weird experience.

      • Ugh, I saw Jane Eyre with a hangover. It’s hard enough to enjoy a good movie in that state, but watching something like Avatar hung over would be the stuff of real-life nightmares.

    • AVATAR was just a giant 3-D ride. Nothing that happened in it mattered. It might as well have been a giant tour of PANDORA. “Look, over there! Na’vi! Oh, we better back off, they’re throwing their primitive spears. THUP THUP THUP THUP THUP THUP THUP This future helicopter is loud!”

      There’s no reason to see it in any other format than in IMAX in 3-D, and that’s only if you like that sort of thing. The movie is garbage.

      UNOBTAINIUM!

    • Me either! Can we start a club?

      Fern Gully is on Netflix, I’ll just watch that or Pocahontas.

    • I don’t want to ruin it for you, but the blue things are the Indians, but they win (kindof) in this one with the help of the disabled and androids who never seem to die in the other franchise, but just kind of fizzle out conveniently in this one. Total PC bullshit.

  2. Great news! Can’t wait for Avatar-tar Binks!

  3. “i am just going to run this money machine into the ground.”

  4. I think I just came up with my panel topic for Na’vicon ’13!

  5. “And by the time everyone has spent time and money seeing this fourth installment, I will have deep-space-dived into the asteroid belt of our solar system in a one-man vessel, I will establish a series of mining bases and refueling stations on the asteroids, and then I’ll wait for dumb old NASA to catch up, and when they get to me, well, let’s just say there’s TOLL. Enjoy AVATAR, jerks! That’s what you get for giving the OSCAR to the Hurt Locker!”

  6. “basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi ”

    Pretty sure when I saw the film the whole “what went wrong” was humans wanted magic substance, the Smurfs from Ferngully didn’t want to move. It’s basically the most simple thing ever. There’s nothing more to be discussed there. We get it. Corporate baddies is “what went wrong” with natives. In fact, wasn’t that basically the ENTIRE plot? Does Cameron genuinely believe he has created something complex? Alternatively, is he rather cunningly describing not a prequel but a remake?

  7. Dammit, I was hoping he’d dedicate the listless, dead-eyed, waning years of his creativity to some more Terminator prequels.

    • What would a Terminator prequel be? Sarah Connor living an entirely unremarkable life?

    • Damn, hotspur. I think facetaco got you. There haven’t been any Terminator prequels yet. They’ve all chronologically followed John Connor’s life so far. Even Salvation takes place after T3.

      • I think the only actual Terminator prequel was the tv series, the Sarah Chronnoronicles, which took place before the events of T3 (when Sarah Connor was dead), but after T2, starring Cersei Lannister as Sarah Chronnoronicle and Summer Glau as a hot terminatrix with big purty eyes and a Whedon-may-care attitude.

        • T5: The KajusX & Chainsaws Corrections

          “You go naked. Something about the field generated by a living organism. Nothing dead will go. Except chainsaws. And now ovum John Connor faces the ultimate challenge.

          • To the past I must go… Do you want me to fucking go trash your lights? Do you want me to fucking trash ‘em? Then why are you trashing my time machine? It’s fucking distracting! You want me to take my chainsaws and trash your fucking time machine? Then why the fuck are you walking right through my time machine when I’m in the middle of a time travel, you fucking amateur?! Ah-da-da-dah, like this in the background. What the fuck is it with you?!

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