Speaking at a press conference in London yesterday before Avatar’s world premiere in Leicester Square, the director was asked about the possibility of sequels by a reporter.
“I always said during the making of the film that I dreaded it making money, because I’d have to do it all over again,” Cameron joked. “But in fact, when I pitched it to Fox, I said, ‘Look, you’re going to be spending a lot of money creating all of these assets… all these CG animals, plants, trees, flowers, bugs, creatures, everything that you saw on screen had to be made by people on work stations over a period of years, and they have value.’ So in terms of the pitch it was ‘You’ll be spending money but in the second [film] we can focus on advertising and story,’ And they bought that. But of course that’ll only happen if we make money on the first one. We’ll see, it’s still a throw of the dice at this point.”
Cameron was asked whether or not he had a story worked out, to which he replied: “I do, I have a story worked out for a second film, and a third film. But my lips are sealed at this point.”
Avatar stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver among others. The film will be released next week, and SciFiNow’s review will go live at 00:01am Monday morning, here at scifinow.co.uk, due to a signed embargo.