James Cameron has made a pretty wide variety of movies in his career, but apparently he’s now just in the business of making Avatar films. As far as his future film plans go, he recently said he’s going to make a second, third and perhaps fourth Avatar movie and then he’s done with anything to do with movies other than maybe some documentaries.
Cameron says that the bulk of the last 16 years for him has been spent in the ocean and on the set, and he’s pretty much “disbanded” the development arm of his production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. What that means is that he’s not taking any new scripts to either produce or direct himself. In the interview, which took place at a screening of Titanic 3D in Bejing, Cameron said that he was all but finished making fictional movies that weren’t part of the Avatar franchise.
I’m in the “Avatar” business. Period. That’s it. I’m making “Avatar 2,” “Avatar 3,” maybe “Avatar 4,” and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts. And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the “Avatar” landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way. Instead, he said, he will focus on telling stories in documentaries, of which he has produced five in the past 10 years. He’s also gone on eight expeditions, which have also inspired documentaries. While he didn’t go into any specific details about what future documentaries might cover, he did provide some details about progress on the Avatar sequels. And the awesome, groundbreaking special effects he used in the first one were basically just the beginning of what he’s working on now.
We’ve spent the last year and a half on software development and pipeline development. The virtual production methodology was extremely prototypical on the first film. As then, no one had ever done it before and we didn’t even know for two and half years into it and $100 million into it if it was going to work. …
[W]e’ve been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing. We haven’t gotten to the design stage yet. That’ll be the next.
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