James Cameron Waffles on Cleopatra, Talks Avatar 2 and 3

by at . Comments

It was recently announced that Avatar director James Cameron would team up with Salt star Angelina Jolie to make Cleopatra, a new movie version of the renowned Egyptian queen, the previous version of which notoriously bankrupted 20th Century Fox in the 1960's. "But what about Avatar 2?" the fans collectively gasped.

Cameron's Ego

Well, ComingSoon.net got the skinny from Cameron himself at a press event for the upcoming Avatar: Special Edition Blu-Ray, and it all looks kind of... up in the air. Hit the jump to see what he said!

First things first: what's the deal with the proposed Avatar sequels?
"Our plan right now is to do two and three as a single large production and release them a year apart," Cameron said, "In order to do that, we have to refine our technical processes beyond the end of where we were finishing 'Avatar' one a year ago. We need to future-proof ourselves out five or six years to the end of the third film."
Okay, Jim, so you're saying that it's going to be a little while before we see Jake Sulley and Neytiri boning around on screen again. So does that mean you're going to do the Cleopatra movie next?
"I haven't made any decisions about that," were Cameron's exact words, "but here's a decision: I'm not going to work on a film between ['Avatar'] two and three. It's really a question of whether or not I do one between now and when we start two. We're evaluating how much of our techwork and how much of our facility work it's going to take. That's not decided as of right now. I'd love to just start on 'Avatar 2' right now, but I don't know if that's possible or if it makes sense to wait." 
So, what do you know Jim? Aren't you working on an Avatar novel?

"The novel's a big project," said Cameron, "It's not a novelization... I asked myself, 'If this had been based on a book, what would that book have been?' It ends coterminously with the end of the movie. I'm not going to give you one frame beyond that. But how about the 30 years before Jake came to Pandora? The discovery of the planet? Grace's arrival there? All the back story and the history of Earth. All the context and then everything lateral to what you see in the movie. Whether it's things that are happening off-camera or things that are happening inside the characters' heads." 
Speaking of characters, what's the deal with Sigourney Weaver? Is her character really dead?
"Who said she died?" Cameron teased with a big grin, "Nobody dies in a science fiction movie. Whether Grace lives or dies depends more on Sigourney's agent than anything.
And last but not least, Cameron was asked about the upcoming True Lies television series, recently picked up for development at ABC.
"I'm not really doing that," Cameron said, "That was initiated by others. Friends of mine who wanted to do that. I said, 'Yes, go with God. Do 'True Lies.' But do I have to show up to do anything?' They said, 'Absolutely not.'"
Well, there you have it!

FREE Movie Newsletter

Tags: , ,