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James Cameron Says ‘Avatar 4’ Would Be A Prequel; ‘Battle Angel’ To Follow In 4-5 Years

James Cameron Says 'Avatar 4' Would Be A Prequel; 'Battle Angel' To Follow In 4-5 Years

This Tuesday, one of the biggest movies of all time, “Titanic,” is finally heading to blu-ray, and James Cameron is hitting the press circuit for the second time this year and he’s sounding off on Kate Winslet’s complicated relationship with the blockbuster film, as well as what’s in store after “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3.”

Despite the fact that production hasn’t even started on the first two sequels to 2009’s 3D blockbuster “Avatar,” Cameron has already started floating ideas for a fourth sequel. In an interview with MTV, the Canadian director said he envisions “Avatar 4” as a sort-of prequel that would go “back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi and what that like to be an explorer and living in that world.” Although “Avatar” 2 & 3 will be shot back-to-back, the 4th film would come much later.

How much later? Well, according to producer Jon Landau (via Swedish site Moviezine), it would come after the long-discussed adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s “Battle Angel” graphic novel series. Landau told the site “I am confident you will see it. It’s one of my favorite stories, I think it is an incredible story, a journey of self-discovery of a young woman. It is a movie that begs the question: “What does it mean to be human? Are you human if you have a heart, are you human if you have a mind, are you human if you have a soul?” And I look forward to bringing that film to audiences,” adding, “We’ll focus on Avatar for the next four or five years, hopefully right after that.”

Regarding Cameron’s other blockbuster film, “Titanic”, Winslet made no secret of her anxiousness regarding the film’s re-release earlier this year, saying that she “wasn’t really a very good actress” at the time of the original release and was mortified at her younger self on screen. In an interview with Moviefone Cameron cut the Academy Award-winning actress some slack, saying he understood “her needing to distance herself from . . . [the] long shadow” of the “big, iconic role” but that he “didn’t necessarily agree with it. . . It’s been 16 years, like, come on, Kate. Get over it. Take the win, girl!” Handily, you can also see what originally captured Cameron’s attention by seeing her original screen test (featuring Jeremy Sisto as Jack!) below, courtesy of Yahoo.

“Titanic” comes out on 3D blu-ray tomorrow, and the 3D Blu-ray Collector’s Edition of “Avatar” is available next month on October 16th.

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