James Cameron Might Not Return to Direct Final Two “Avatar” Movies

James Cameron at the AMC's
James Cameron at the AMC's "Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction" TV show panel in 2018. Photo by David Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9319388n)

The journey to getting Avatar sequels was one of the longest in modern cinematic history, and even James Cameron is doubting he’ll stick around until the last one. The visionary director recently revealed he might not direct the last two movies in the franchise.

Cameron discussed the future of the film series in Empire’s upcoming world-exclusive Avatar: The Way of Water issue and explained why he’s considering stepping down as the director of the final two movies.

“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’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,” said Cameron.

The original Avatar film was released in 2009, and it took 13 years for its sequel to see the light of day. Avatar: The Way of Water will hit the theatres on December 16, and it’s set to star Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Edie Falco, and many more.

Three more sequels are in development, and they’re set to be released on December 20, 2024, December 18, 2026, and December 22, 2028, respectively.