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James Cameron’s Avatar is the highest grossing film in history. Thanks to that success, the director will dedicate the rest of his career to solely continuing the Avatar story.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Cameron has stopped all developments within his production company. He shut down the development arm and will no longer be looking for new projects to produce.
“I’m in the Avatar business. Period. That’s it. I’m making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts. And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way,” Cameron told The New York Times.
Cameron also says that anything he cannot say within the Avatar universe will be told through documentaries.
“I’ve done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I’ll hopefully do a lot more,” he said on the subject of producing documentaries.
He is currently working on a documentary about his dive into the Mariana Trench, which is the lowest point on Earth, measuring 6.8 miles deep. According to National Geographic, Cameron is the first person to ever make the trek alone.
Cameron hopes that the documentary is completed this year and will be released in the first quarter of 2013.
When it came to the status of Avatar 2 Cameron said, “We’ve been mostly working on the tool set, the production pipeline, setting up the new stages in Los Angeles, setting up the new visual effects pipeline in New Zealand, that sort of thing. And, by the way, writing. We haven’t gotten to the design stage yet. That’ll be the next.”