In the ever-evolving world of Avatar, it appears that Avatar 4 is back on the slate. Last week, producer Jon Landau said there were no plans to shoot the film. James Cameron had previously said that he was considering the possibility of a fourth Avatar film and said that it would most likely be a prequel.
Cameron spoke with MTV saying, "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 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. That will complete an arc and if that lead 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 creat some new characters that then become legendary character in later films. It's a plan."
Avatar 4 is several years from beginning. For now, only Avatar 2 and 3 are scheduled to shoot back-to-back and once those are done, according to Landau, Cameron will finally get started on Battle Angel. He told Swedish website MovieZine that the film is still four to five years from beginning.
Battle Angel is based on the graphic novels written by Yukito Kishiro and tells the tale of a female cyborg who is resuced from a scrapheap by Dr. Ido, a scientist in the 26th century. She is a lethal, dangerous being who cannot remember who she is or where she came from. Dr. Ido believes she is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares, a giant aerial city suspended via an orbital ring.
Would you be interested in an Avatar prequel?