James Cameron Talks 'Avatar' Sequels, 'Alien 5,' 'True Lies 2,' and More in Reddit AMA

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James Cameron was on Reddit over the weekend answering questions that touched upon some of his past and future movies. Below are some of the highlights.

Of course, everyone wanted to know about the three Avatar sequels. Cameron said the scripts for all three will be completed within the next six months, but preproduction is going right now.

"The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They're essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films," Cameron said.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was rumored to reunite with Cameron on the Avatar sequels, is on the outside looking at this moment because there is no role for him yet, but that doesn't mean his involvement has been completely ruled out.

"As of right now, [Schwarzenegger] and I have not discussed it, and I don't see a role as the scripts are coming together that would be appropriate for him, so I would say probably not," Cameron explained.

Battle Angel was supposed come after the first Avatar, but the movie is now on hold until Cameron finished the Avatars.

"My intention when I made Avatar was to do Battle Angel next. However, the positive feedback for Avatar and the support of the message of Avatar, encouraged me to do more of those films," Cameron said. "For me, the success was a factor because I was encouraged by the fact that an environmental film, or a film about nature, could be successful. It's certainly not just about money. I'm considering success to mean the measure of the ability of the film to communicate. Every director wants their film to communicate. The biggest factor, however, is the drive to continue developing the world-- more characters, more creatures with unfettered creativity."

Also, did you know that Cameron wanted to collaborate with Ridley Scott on Alien 5?

"What came up was the idea of doing Alien 5, and at one point I pitched that I would write it and produce it, and Ridley would direct it, and we had lunch talking about this, and we were in violent agreement, then nothing happened," Cameron said. "What happened was Fox went ahead with Aliens Vs Predator, and I said 'I really don't recommend that, you'll ruin the franchise, it's like Universal doing Dracula versus the Werewolf,' and then I lost interest in doing an Alien film. But Prometheus is seen as the A-level alien, as opposed to rather, the derivative. I don't think I have anything to offer on the Prometheus sequels, that's Ridley's, I think I'll stick to the Avatar universe."

More reason to hate on Aliens Vs Predator now.

As for True Lies 2, that movie has been shelved because of 9/11.

"We abandoned True Lies 2 after 9/11, because we didn't think a comedy about fundamentalist terrorists was so funny anymore. And then we never picked it up again," Cameron said.

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