Three years after the release and success of Avatar, director James Cameron has been very vocal about its upcoming sequel films. The groundbreaking director is very open about the obstacles he’s faced with Avatar 2 on the script level and admits he doesn’t want the film to fall prey to the same problems as the Wachowskis’ The Matrix: Reloaded.
In an interview with the Hero Complex, Cameron explains he wants Avatar 2 to be a complete film with an engaging narrative arc:
I’m writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film. I don’t want to suffer from the ‘Matrix 2’ problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It’s gotta end. There’s gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that’s a fine line.
Let’s hope Cameron keeps in mind that the ending of The Matrix: Reloaded wasn’t the only problem with that film. It seems like Avatar 2 and 3 would have to introduce entirely new storylines, considering the villain of the first film is dead and the finale saw the humans forced to leave Pandora.
Cameron also explained some of the problems he encountered while making the first Avatar film, and which he hopes to avoid while shooting the sequels:
It was this kludgy prototype the first time. We always knew as we were going along, this isn’t really working, but we’ll fix it for the sequel. The first film just about killed us, and now we’re gonna try to do twice that much.
Last week, Cameron spoke about a possible fourth film in the Avatar series, which would likely be a prequel. Producer Jon Landau explained that the Avatar sequel projects would take up the next four to five years of their lives to complete, but after Avatar 2 and 3 are done, Cameron will likely tackle the live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga Battle Angel.
For now, we have nothing but time until Avatar 2 will be released into theaters in 2015. Let’s hope it will be worth the wait.