Despite being considered one of the most prolific filmmakers of his generation, James Cameron certainly doesn’t have a lot of actual directing work to his credit in recent years. In fact, since 1991 he has only released four major films. But when he does release a new movie, he makes it count, especially when you consider that Avatar made well over $2 billion at the worldwide box office.
Apparently Cameron is such a fan of that franchise that he’s no longer developing any new projects, and he’s just focusing on more Avatar sequels. In an interview with The New York Times, Cameron had this to say about his future as a film director:
Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. So I’m not interested in developing anything. 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. And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I’m continuing. I’ve done five documentaries in the last 10 years, and I’ll hopefully do a lot more. In fact, I’m doing one right now, which is on this, the Deep Sea Challenge project that we just completed the first expedition. So that’ll be a film that’ll get made this year and come out first quarter of next year.
For a man that rakes in billionsof dollars with each new film, he’s certainly allowed to do whatever he wants at this point. It remains to be seen if Cameron will actually follow through with this new vision of his career, but it seems like the director isn't planning on leaving Pandora any time soon.