Last week, producer Jon Landau announced that the 2nd and 3rd “Avatar” films would be shot back to back, but there were no immediate plans for a fourth instalment. Which runs contrary to director James Cameron’s assertion that he would make a Part 4. Then, Cameron himself revealed yesterday that if there is to be a fourth movie, it would be a prequel.
Comingsoon today got a few words from the man, and he went off on a completely different tangent, speaking about an undersea ecosystem for the sequels and how mankind should do everything it could to prevent a widespread and lasting environmental disaster.
Cameron said: “We’re doing ‘Avatar’ films now, so we’re making up an ocean ecosystem for Pandora. That’s gonna have less to do with the deep exploration that I’ve done than it has to do with my concerns about conservation of Earth’s oceans. The fact that we’re basically overfishing, climate change… a few degrees of temperature rise are gonna basically take out the coral reefs. All those beautiful images of the coral environments we all grew up with won’t exist in 50 years at the rate we’re going in terms of pumping greenhouse gases into the environment. These are the things that concern me.”
He continued: “There isn’t a direct map between the deep ocean exploration that I’ve done and the ocean stuff that we’re doing in the ‘Avatar’ films. However, I’m going to continue in the future making documentaries and continuing explorations stuff as well because I’m always fascinated by that. We don’t have to explore the coral reefs at this point because we understand them very well. We also understand that they’re dying and they’re ultimately doomed if we don’t change our profligate ways.”
The director really is committed to his environmental crusade. He went on to say: “I hope that explains it, ’cause people have connected the dots directly together. ‘Oh, going to the challenger deep has a direct connection to what we’re going to see in Avatar 2,’ and that’s not the case at all. It’s all the scuba diving I did before I even started the deep ocean stuff that has more of a direct connection to Avatar 2 & 3, which by the way won’t take place completely in or under the water. That’s just part of the environment of Pandora that we’re going to see.”
“Avatar 2” was originally set for a December 2014 release while “Avatar 3” was to released December 2015. But that now looks highly unlikely.