Avatar: James Cameron says he might leave franchise after third film

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The filmmaker has said that he would like to focus on other projects that are currently in development

The filmmaker has said that he would like to focus on other projects that are currently in development

Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron has said that he may not be directing the fourth and the fifth installments of his popular sci-fi franchise Avatar.

In an interview with Empire, the director said he is developing other projects and would like to focus on them after the third or the fourth film in the movie series.

The filmmaker is currently awaiting the December premiere of the second installment, Avatar: The Way Of Water. “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,” Cameron said.

The filmmaker said the movie franchise gave him the canvas to talk about subjects which are important to him in real life — family, sustainability and climate. “Everything I need to say about family, about sustainability, about climate, about the natural world, the themes that are important to me in real life and in my cinematic life, I can say on this canvas.”

Avatar: The Way Of Water is set over a decade after the events of the first film, which was released in 2009. It focuses on the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

The sci-fi adventure movie produced by 20th Century Studio stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh, Edie Falco, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Oona Chaplin and Jermaine Clement.

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