Writer-director James Cameron has dished new details on his Avatar movie series, saying in an interview that the plan from the beginning was to tell a “bigger story.” He likened the Avatar series to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, which Peter Jackson adapted into three movies.
Cameron’s plan is to make five Avatar films, but whether or not parts four and five ever get made is uncertain right now. In any event, he spoke to Empire about his initial conversations with the higher-ups at Fox, which greenlit the Avatar series.
“What I said to the Fox regime at the time was, ‘I’ll do it, but we’ve got to play a larger game here. I don’t want to just do a movie and do a movie and do a movie. I want to tell a bigger story,'” he said. “I said, ‘Imagine a series of novels like The Lord Of The Rings existed, and we’re adapting them.’ Now, that was great in theory, but then I had to go create the frickin’ novels from which to adapt it.”