Post-production for Avatar: The Way of the Water is nearing its final stages to make its December 16 release date, while the third film is also currently being completed for the film to hit its planned 2024 date.
However, in an interview with Empire magazine in anticipation of the sequel’s release, James Cameron expressed that he is currently considering to “pass the baton” to another filmmaker for its next two planned standalone sequels:
“The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming. I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting. I think eventually over time – I don’t know if that’s after three or after four – I’ll want to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over, so I can go do some other stuff that I’m also interested in. Or maybe not. I don’t know.”
He also expressed that he’s particularly looking for the fourth one to be made, even if it may not go into production depending on the reception of The Way of the Water and its sequel: “Movie four is a corker. It’s a motherfucker. I actually hope I get to make it. But it depends on market forces. Three is in the can so it’s coming out regardless. I really hope that we get to make four and five because it’s one big story, ultimately.”
Regardless who will end up directing Avatar 4 and 5 (should they get made), Cameron’s next two movies in the Avatar saga will release on December 16 and on December 20, 2024 respectively.