James Cameron may not be the one to direct Avatar 4 and 5. Could he be making himself available to develop the Alita: Battle Angel sequels?
James Cameron is thinking of letting another director finish his Avatar saga. Speaking to Empire in a recent interview, Cameron indicated that he has other projects besides the Avatar sequels that he’d like to develop and would consider trusting another director to direct them.
“The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming. I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting. I think eventually over time – I don’t know if that’s after three or after four – I’ll want to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over, so I can go do some other stuff that I’m also interested in. Or maybe not. I don’t know.”
Anyone familiar with how Alita: Battle Angel finally made it out of production Hell knows that James Cameron handed the directing duties over to Robert Rodriguez so that he could focus on developing Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. If Cameron takes the same approach with Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, he would make himself available to develop sequels to Alita: Battle Angel. It’s no secret that Alita has a special place in Cameron’s heart so it’s reasonable to assume that the other “exciting” things that he alluded to developing include Alita sequels.
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“I will fight to make Alita 2 happen until the end of time,” Salazar told [The Digital Fix]. “Thanks to performance capture technology, I could do this movie whenever. I could perform this sequel in five years, but I don’t think it should take that long. I think that it’s a story that should continue.”
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Sean O’Connel of Cinemablend spoke to Rosa Salazar recently and asked her about the status of an Alita: Battle Angel sequel. She told Sean that she never stops pressuring James Cameron about getting back into that world.
“I harass them all the time. Like, it might become a legal issue soon. I email with James Cameron a lot. … And he’s always like, ‘I’m so down.’ Which is crazy to hear someone like James Cameron be like, ‘I’m so down!’ When we were in South by Southwest, I went over to Robert (Rodriguez)’s house and had tea, and was just talking about Alita. All three of us have so much love for it. It’s never outside of our line of vision, ever. Everything we do, we’re just sort of like, ‘How do we get back there?’ … We’re trying like hell to get her back out there because we know how much, just like (Undone), her story means so much to women, to young girls, to boys, to everybody. I think she represents something that transcends race, gender, all of that. So we’re working on it, man!”