James Cameron Probably Won’t Direct ‘Avatar’ 4 & 5

James Cameron has said that I probably won’t be returning as director for ‘Avatar4 & 5.

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2022’s most anticipated sci-fi adventure, Avatar: The Way of Water is nearly 6 months away from its release, but Oscar-winning director James Cameron confused about continuing as a director for the sequel to the biggest blockbuster of all time.

In an interview given to Empire, James Cameron said that, “The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming. I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting. I think eventually over time… I don’t know if that’s after three or after four – I’ll want to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over, so I can go do some other stuff that I’m also interested in. Or maybe not. I don’t know.

“Everything I need to say about family, about sustainability, about climate, about the natural world, the themes that are important to me in real life and in my cinematic life, I can say on this canvas,” Cameron said. “I got more excited as I went along. Movie four is a corker. It’s a motherfucker. I actually hope I get to make it. But it depends on market forces. Three is in the can so it’s coming out regardless. I really hope that we get to make four and five because it’s one big story, ultimately.”, he adds.

Apparently Avatar 3 is currently being shot simultaneously. Now it will be interesting to see whether James Cameron will return as a director for the remaining two films of the franchise after Avatar 3 or not?. In such a situation, his non-continuance of the franchise may cost him the Avatar film series as no one can understand this fictional universe more than him.

Original film Avatar came in 2009, which made such a success that it stands today. Made with a budget of $230 million, Avatar did business of $2.84 billion worldwide and became the highest-grossing of all-time blockbuster.

However, the wait has been long for Avatar’s sequel which we will get to see after 13 years. Had there not been a Covid-19 crisis for the last two years, Avatar 2 would have been released in 2021. Production of the film was interrupted many times due to Covid. It is also worth noting that the sequel was confirmed 7 years after the release of the original film in 2016. Later on, it was decided to make Avatar film 3 more parts. In this context, Avatar 3, 4 and 5 will release by 2028.

Avatar: The Way Of Water Release Date

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way Of Water is schedule to release worldwide in theatres on December 16, 2022.

Apart from directing, James Cameron has has written the screenplay along with Josh Friedman. Cameron has also written the story of the film and produced the film in collaboration with Jon Landau. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are returning for sequel to reprise their roles as Jake and Neytiri as well as Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore are also returning. Kate Winslet and Vin Diesel join the Avatar franchise for the first time.

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