James Cameron plans to leave ‘Avatar’ franchise after third sequel

Los Angeles, July 5 (IANS): Filmmaker James Cameron, who is awaiting the release of his upcoming fantasy epic ‘Avatar: The Way of the Water’, has shared that he may possibly stop directing the franchise films after the third sequel, ‘Variety’ reports.

The director told ‘Empire’ magazine that he was considering leaving the world of Pandora for other projects and would pass the baton to other deserving filmmakers.

The first “Avatar” sequel, subtitled “The Way of Water,” is set to hit theaters on December 16. A third movie in the “Avatar” series has been shot back-to-back with “The Way of the Water” and is slated for a 2024 release.

Cameron told ‘Empire’ magazine, quoted by ‘Variety’: “The ‘Avatar’ movies themselves are pretty consuming. I have other things that I’m also developing that are exciting.

“I think over time – I don’t know if it’s after three or four hours – I’ll want to hand over to a director I trust to take over, so I can go and do some other things I’m also interested in. Or maybe not. I do not know.”

Even so, Cameron has expressed excitement about the possibility of seeing his grand plan for the “Avatar” saga come to fruition.

“The fourth film is a stopper. It’s a ***********. I hope I will manage to do it. But it depends on market forces. Three is in the box so it comes out anyway. I really hope we get to do four and five because it’s a big story after all.

Cameron has stepped away from the director’s chair for projects he has dedicated years to, beginning with 2019’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’, which was ultimately directed by Robert Rodriguez, though he remained committed to the production as executive producer and co-writer. .