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James Cameron is still working on not one, but two Avatar sequels to follow his 2009 science fiction adventure film. And, based on comments made in a recent interview, it sounds like he has a general idea for a fourth film, which would be a prequel to the trilogy.
Cameron spoke with MTV, and when talking about the progress on the two scripts he's working on for Avatars 2 and 3, which are expected to take place after the events of the first film, and continue the story of Jake Sully and Neytiri. The topic turns to a potential prequel to the story, which would focus on the earlier days of exploration of Pandora. It sounds like Cameron is really only in the idea-stage of development for a fourth film.
"I have an idea for the fourth. I mean, 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 the Na'vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world."
As the original Avatar film takes place about thirty-five years after man first began its exploration of Pandora, that leaves a pretty large window for a prequel. While it sounds like this concept is still in the very early stages of development, what with Cameron busy working on the two sequels and all, I still wonder if he's considering including Miles Quaritch into the prequel somehow. Do we know exactly when he arrived on Pandora or how long he was there? We know the Colonel was on Pandora for at least a little while by the time Jake showed up. And we know he has the scars to show from his experiences on the planet. But Cameron speaks of going back "to see what it was like on those first expeditions," so maybe the concept for the prequel goes back before Quaritch's time. Cameron also says they would "create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films."
So it seems James Cameron has his mind full of ideas for Avatar's future.
What do you think? Would you like to see a prequel to Avatar?