When James Cameron told The New York Times last month that he was “in the Avatar business — period,” he meant it. He claimed then that he was focused only on making sequels to the biggest movie of all time — even hinting that he had three more chapters in mind, making Avatar the rare trilogy-plus-one. Now Sigourney Weaver has confirmed the quadrilogy, telling Showbiz411 that she’ll film the three sequels… back-to-back-to-back! Weaver, whose collaborative relationship with Cameron stretches back to Aliens, said she’ll head back to Pandora after starring in Christopher Durang’s Lincoln Center production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which opens Nov. 12.
It’s understandable why Cameron and his financiers want to film all the sequels together, but for every successful Lord of the Rings that reined in costs with no apparent adverse effect on storytelling quality, there are twofer sequels like those of The Matrix that disappointed mightily. It would be foolish, however, to bet against Cameron, who has built an empire by defying convention and surpassing the highest expectations.