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Cameron Sees Avatar 4 As Prequel, Still May Make Battle Angel

It turns out that James Cameron didn’t take his Battle Angel Alita adaptation off the table when he announced he’s in the business of making Avatar movies going forward.

Cameron plans to at least shoot Avatar 2 and 3 back to back and could then move on to make a fourth film, but producer Jon Landau said that doesn’t mean the Battle Angel project is dead. It just means Cameron will take longer to make it.

“We’ll focus on Avatar for the next four or five years,” Landau told Sweidsh website MovieZine (via “Hopefully right after that … I am confident you will see it. It’s one of my favorite stories.”

He continued about the project, “I think it is an incredible story, a journey of self-discovery of a young woman. It is a movie that begs the question: ‘What does it mean to be human? Are you human if you have a heart, are you human if you have a mind, are you human if you have a soul?’ And I look forward to bringing that film to audiences.”

Speaking of AvatarMTV News recently sat down with Cameron to talk to him about future installments. He said he’s writing the scripts for Avatar 2 and 3 together as “one big thing,” but Avatar 4 — if it happens — will go a different route.

“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,” he said. “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.”

That whole process will probably take Cameron the next few years to complete, but he might not be done with the Avatar world yet. If Avatar 4 happens and is a success, that could kick off a whole new series of films set on the world of Pandora that follows a different group of characters.

“If that leads 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,” Cameron said. “The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan.”


  • Ben Dover

    I expect these to be as good as the Back to the Future sequels and the
    Matrix sequels. Which, for the record, unequivocally sucked


  • Rollo Tomassi

    If the fourth film is actually the first film, then wouldn’t Avatar be known as Avatar2 in the future?

  • Todd Matthy

    Battle Angel is not going to happen! It falls under the category of “that’s a good idea” but it will always remain that; an idea. There has been no progress on this movie. I haven’t even heard anything about a script. If it was going to made there would have been progress by now. 

  • Lastnamecumbie

    The back to the future sequels are good and the matrix 2 was decent and what sucked mainly about the third was he neo gets his ass kicked and then it ends with the two forces pretty much shaking hands.

  • Ben Dover

    Nah. All 4 of those movies are unwatchable – except for the freeway sequence in Matrix 2

  • Cjorg2

    I wonder which film/ story concept Cameron will be riping off for this one? He already raped Dances with Wolves, Flash Gordon, and John Carter for the first one. Maybe he’s got Tolkien in his sights, Avatar 2: There and Back Again.
    Skilled filmmaker no doubt, but hasn`t ever had an original idea in his life.

  • Cjorg2

    The Matrix is fine when you remove the hype, and ignore the nonsensical ramblings of the script. Back to the Future 3 is pretty good, but 2 was all over the place.

  • Alex

    Avatar wasn’t no Matrix nor Back to the Future. I was rooting for the military guys at the end.

    Also, the Chateau fight was about the only good thing in that Matrix sequel.

    Battle Angel <—— Not coming.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    Still saying he’ll make Battle Angel? C’mon James, we both know that’s horsecrap. Shoulda, coulda, didn’t. I’d rather see Neill Blomkamp on it anyhow.