James Cameron has announced he may not be directing the fourth and fifth films in the Avatar franchise.
Speaking to Empire, Cameron said that the fact that sci-fi movies take up so much time could mean he won’t be directing the ship in the last two films.
“The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming,” he told the outlet. “I’m also developing some other things that are exciting.”
“I think at some point — I don’t know if that’s after three or four — I want to pass the baton to a director that I trust so I can do other stuff that I’m interested in too. Or maybe not. I don’t know,” added the Titanic director.
Following the release of the original film in 2009, the storyline had four sequels added to its name.
The first of three upcoming films, titled Avatar: The Way of Water, will be released in December and stars Kate Winslet as Ronal, the leader of the Metkayina, a lesser known clan of the Na’vi tribe.
It marks Cameron and Winslet’s reunion for the first time since Titanic, which was released in 1997.
The untitled third “Avatar” film, filmed back-to-back with the sequel, is slated to hit theaters in 2024.
Cameron, 67, admitted he’s excited to see how the storyline unfolds with each sequel.
“Anything I need to say about family, sustainability, climate, nature and the issues that are important to me in real life and in my life on screen, I can say on this screen,” he told Empire.
“I got more and more excited the further I went. Movie four is a corker. It’s a motherf—er. I really hope I can make it. But it depends on market forces. There’s three in the can, so it’s still coming out. I really hope we can do four and five because it’s a big story at the end of the day.”
At $2.84 billion, Avatar is the highest-grossing film of all time at the global box office.
Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters on December 16th.
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