So what’s James Cameron been up to? You would think the man who created the two highest grossing films of all time (prior to inflation, but come on, that’s just something the economic nerds made up) would take some time to relax, chill out, and gorge himself on the finest of Pterodactyl wings (he prefers them with a medium hot sauce). However, it seems he has been keeping busy and is planning more films. Of course, this has all been in the news for the past few weeks, but this is the first he has actually commented on it himself.
As for his plans for the next two Avatar films, Cameron said that he wants to do them back to back and release them a year apart. The only thing that is holding him back is whether we have the technology to rebuild him. We can make him better. Stronger. Faster. Wait, sorry, it was whether the crew will be "technologically advanced" enough for the third film. “We need to future-proof ourselves out five or six years to the end of the third film," which basically means Cameron is going to invent the future of film making now, film his movie, and then let the rest of the world catch up by the time the third film is released. I would call that egotistical boasting (and a little maniacally insane), but the man can back up his words.
You might remember his name was tossed around for a Cleopatra movie with Angelina Jolie, because apparently she looks like Cleopatra (even though no one has the faintest idea what the woman looked like, Jolie just happens to have a very exotic look). Cameron says he’s open to it but he’s not sure of the timing. His biggest priority is the Avatar sequels and he will definitely not do a film in between Avatar 2 and 3.
“We're evaluating how much of our tech-work and how much of our facility work (the sequels are) going to take. That's not decided as of right now. I'd love to just start on Avatar 2 right now, but I don't know if that's possible or if it makes sense to wait (and do Cleopatra)" he said.
Other things he touched on: Sigourney Weaver’s character might not be dead after all for the sequels because this is science fiction after all and if they can transfer your conscience to another body then why not have someone survive death? Makes sense to me. The True Lies television show is still happening though Cameron won’t have anything to do with it, which he is pleased with. “I said, 'Yes, go with God. Do True Lies. But do I have to show up to do anything?' They said, 'Absolutely not.'" Seems fair enough.
He also talked about his Avatar novel, which he stressed is not a novelization of the film but rather what "if this had been based on a book, what would that book have been?" Which is actually an interesting concept, if he can manage to pull it off. The book won’t go past the events of the movie (that’s what the sequels are) but will go into the history of Earth, the discovery of Pandora, and deeper into the events that transpired in the film.
All in all, it sounds like Cameron wants to predict the future, make it happen, and then let the rest of the world catch up to him. Don’t we all, Mr. Cameron, don’t we all.