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James Cameron on 'fourth Avatar': 'I have an idea for a prequel'

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James Cameron has breathed life back into hopes of a fourth Avatar movie, saying he has "an idea" for a prequel.

Producer Jon Landau has previously denied that there are three follow-ups to the highest-grossing movie of all time in the pipeline, confirming that they are rather shooting two sequels back to back.

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However, writer and director Cameron has claimed that while they may not be working on a fourth entry at the moment, there is still the possibility of a tetralogy at some point.

He told MTV News: "I have an idea for a fourth. I haven't really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na'vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.

"Because when we drop in, even in the first film, in Avatar 1 as it will be known in the future, we're dropping into a process that's 35 years into a whole colonisation. That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we'll start, not imitating Star Wars, but it's a logical thing to do because we'll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three."

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He continued: "The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It's a plan."

At the moment the Titanic and Aliens director is still working on the story for the second and third Avatar films, which Landau says won't be released until 2015 "at the earliest".

He explained that the process is daunting as he is "writing two scripts together as one big thing", before joking: "You know, Peter Jackson had it easy - he already had the books."

Watch the trailer for the original Avatar below:

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