James Cameron to Focus on Avatar Sequels, Documentaries
posted on by Egan Loo
During last month's Beijing International Film Festival, director James Cameron told The New York Times' Media Decoder blog that he is dedicating himself solely to the Avatar film sequels and documentaries:
Media Decoder: What about scripts that you're looking at? Is there a project that you're working on right now? Or subject matters or general areas of interest that you're looking at?
Cameron: That's interesting. 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. So I'm not interested in developing anything. 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. And anything I can't say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I'm continuing. I've done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I'll hopefully do a lot more. In fact, I'm doing one right now, which is on this, the Deep Sea Challenge project that we just completed the first expedition. So that'll be a film that'll get made this year and come out first quarter of next year.
Cameron had told MTV Splash Page earlier last month that he planned to adapt Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) after the Avatar sequels: "Battle Angel is just a great, kick ass story. […] It would have to be pried out of my cold dead fingers. But on the other hand, I don't want to take it to my grave either. [We want to see it] at some point, yeah."
[Via The Fandom Post]