James Cameron’s Next Sci-Fi Movie [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated May 13th, 2013 at 7:34 am,

avatar empire james cameron directing image James Camerons Next Sci Fi Movie [Updated]

Moving on, Cameron explains his decision for the look of the Na’Vi native aliens on the planet Pandora featured in Avatar.

“I wasn’t going for the alien. I wasn’t going for the ugly and strange. I was going for something that’s an expression of beautiful human movement in the film. They symbolize the best of us in the way the film works subconsciously, which I feel is aspirational. What they really are is a heightened sense of ourselves and what we could and should be.”

On the topic of  what the story is really about as well the sequel, Cameron says the movie “is not true science fiction in the sense of saying, ‘This is what contact with an alien species would be like.’ It’s not about that at all. It’s about how we’ve lost contact with ourselves in a natural state. So if we fail, it all ends there, but if we are successful then we’ll make more films, and that world will continue to flesh itself out and be a place that fans can go to.”

So, aside from producing Battle Angel and Sanctum and working on a bunch of other in-development projects, James Cameron may eventually helm an Avatar sequel but next up he’ll be sticking to the sci-fi genre working with a script from Shane Salerno, the man behind the screenplays for Shaft and Aliens vs Predator – Requiem. Salerno’s profile is expanding exponentially with him penning a script for Cameron as well as the screenplay for the untitled Bob Orci-Alex Kurtzman project.


We now know what project James Cameron will be working on with writer Shane Salerno. It turns out that it’s another Digital 3D project a la Avatar and it’s a remake of Fantastic Voyage, the 1966 adventure sci-fi film about a team of scientists who shrink themselves (and their submarine) to enter the brain and save the life of a nearly-assassinated diplomat.

Cameron however will not be directing, but will be producing the project.

As for the Avatar sequels? The movie is getting positive reviews from the press premieres that took place yesterday (read our Avatar review here) and Fox is happy about the idea of making a sequel for a significantly lesser financial and time investment, said Cameron at the premiere.

“So in terms of the pitch it was: OK, you’ve spent a lot of money on the first one; on the second one we’ll be able to amortize it and focus on the story and all that … and they bought that.”

He’s worked out plots for two more films, so if the first film lives up to its newly positive buzz, expect another trip to Pandora…

What do you think and what would you like to see next from James Cameron?

Sources: Production Weekly, /Film, Sci Fi Wire, Variety

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  1. Or it could be a training ground for an Avatar trilogy, which hopefully would employ more complex scripts…

  2. man i have got to say that this movie avatar of james cameron was
    THE most greatest woderfulll amazing movie

    i mean look at the guyz imagination it is like a whole frickin jungle actually inside in his head

  3. Avatar was and is the single best film i have ever seen in my life. I can only hope that there will be a sequel, (i would probably die if i found out there isn’t going to be one) and hope that it will come close to if not (dare i say it) surpass its predecessor. James Cameron is now my personal hero :D

  4. I would like to see him do a movie concerning the Nostradamus legacy. Like about a modern day Nostradamus descendant who explains the prophecies, offers further revelations, and tries to finish what his ancestor started.

  5. The movie industry is slacking right now, I guess we will have to wait for James Cameron next movie. The last time I went to the Movies was Avatar, b4 that the best movie was Titanic, I guess I will wait another 10 years for James Cameron to come out with a movie worth seeing.

  6. Next our indian movie kochadiyaan is super hit…starring our super star rejanikanth…the filim is hit……

  7. I thought he was going to do Asimov ‘s Foundation. I know it’s to much to ask of someone of his caliber to try a sci-fi masterpiece. I also know that unless he created an absolute masterpiece of filmmaking he would be eviscerated for it. That is why Foundation hasn’t been done yet. But it would be great if someone had the nuts to try.

  8. my good work movie im a film by james cameron i like movie james cameron