While producer Jon Landau shot down talk the other week of a fourth "Avatar" being filmed with the next two, writer/director James Cameron himself says that doesn't mean that there won't be a fourth film.
Cameron tells MTV News that "I have an idea for a fourth [film]" and indicated it would essentially serve as a prequel exploring the early relationship between humans and the Na'vi as humans first arrive on Pandora.
"I haven't really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na'vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.
Because when we drop in, even in the first film in 'Avatar 1,' as it will be known in the future, we're dropping into a process that's 35 years in to a whole colonization.
That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we'll start, not imitating 'Star Wars,' but it's a logical thing to do because we'll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It's a plan."
Meanwhile Landau spoke with MovieZine recently and says despite the commitments to "Avatar", they remain very much committed to making the movie based on Yukito Kishiro's popular manga series "Battle Angel Alita" which Cameron has been developing for many years now.
"We'll focus on Avatar for the next four or five years, hopefully right after that… I am confident you will see it. It's one of my favorite stories, I think it is an incredible story, a journey of self-discovery of a young woman. It is a movie that begs the question: What does it mean to be human? Are you human if you have a heart, are you human if you have a mind, are you human if you have a soul?" And I look forward to bringing that film to audiences."