At the London press conference for Avatar today, James Cameron imparted some interesting information about the creation of his latest film and the possibility of a series of sequels that could follow it.
"Actually, when I pitched this to 20th Century Fox four-and-a-half years ago, I said, 'You know, we're going to spend a lot of money and time and energy creating not only a process but the assets, the CG assets, we call them - all the models of every rock and tree and plant and creature and the muscle rigs for all the creatures and the facial rigging for the main characters and all that'... huge, millions and millions of dollars."
"So it really makes sense to think of it as the potential start of a franchise, if you will, or a saga that plays out over several acts, each movie being an act of that saga. And I have it mapped out, but I haven't written the scripts yet. And it all depends on whether we do well with the first film. But that was certainly the intention from the beginning - to create a foundation for a persistent world."
You can get a glimpse of that world in the latest Avatar featurette.
We'll have to see how the first Avatar does in theaters before we find out if a sequel is really on the table, but it's James Cameron, he'll eventually get around to it.
Avatar opens in theaters on December 18.