What do you do when you have the highest grossing movie of all time and your name is James Cameron? You try and milk the success from that film for all it's worth. Cameron has already lined up two Avatar sequels that are scheduled to arrive in theaters sometime in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Now the director says that his days of developing other films are over.
"I've divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I've made two movies in 16 years and I've done eight expeditions. Last year, I basically completely disbanded my production company's development arm," Cameron said in a New York Times interview.
He goes on to say that he isn't interested in developing anything and that he is "in the Avatar business."
"I'm making Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 and 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 with 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 I'm doing it in an entertaining way."
Cameron continues that anything he can't say within the Avatar universe can be said through documentaries, which he hopes to make a lot more of in the future.
A few things should be taken into account. First off is Cameron's age. He'll turn 58 this August and given the amount of time that he puts into each Avatar film, he'll be approaching his mid-60s before he potentially begins work on a fourth Avatar film. Will he be interested in spending his golden years piecing together another Avatar or living them in leisure?
Besides the amount of detail that Cameron puts into the films, he's also experimenting with increasing the frames-per-second image projection up to 60 fps, or about two and a half times the standard 24 fps films are shown at now. Peter Jackson recently unveiled 48 fps footage of his Hobbit movie at CinemaCon, which was met with unexpected negative reaction. Cameron also aims to refine audio and 3D technology in the next two Avatar films.
Also, the long-rumored adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's manga Battle Angel Alita seems like a long-shot at this point. While he may eventually make it, don't look for this adaptation anytime soon. You can also probably kiss the rumored True Lies sequel good-bye.
Are you happy Cameron is focusing all his filmmaking energy on more Avatar films?