Talking about Avatar 4 seems very premature considering Avatar 2 and 3 haven’t even started filming yet and we won’t be seeing them for another 3-4 years. Director James Cameron first hinted at a fourth film back in May, but recently producer made clear they’re “doing two back-to-back, but not a third”, which means Avatar 4, if made, would be a separate production.
In a new interview Cameron spoke about his ideas for a fourth film, and revealed it’ll be a prequel to Avatar that “goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora”.
“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,” Cameron continued of his interest in an “Avatar” prequel. “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.”
Cameron is still in the process of writing Avatar 2 and 3, so he’ll be able to plant seeds for a prequel in the event that it gets made. The director and his team have been “refining the whole pipeline” behind the scenes to make the back-to-back shoot “a much smoother workflow” than the first film, but they won’t move forward until the scripts are ready.
“You know, Peter Jackson had it easy, he already had the books,” he cracked. “He had the books. Now if I had a time machine I could go forward and watch the movies and then come back, but I don’t!”