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

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

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

For the first time in a long 12 years, James Cameron will be having a feature film grace the screens next week. That movie of course is the eagerly anticipated Avatar. With this movie and the tech behind it taking so long in development and finally coming to fruition in a matter of days, the question on everyone’s mind is “what’s next?”

If Tom Arnold’s words hold any truth from what he said back in August, it could be a film starring Tom and Arnold Schwarzenegger, re-teaming for the first time since 1994’s True Lies. At the time, Tom Arnold said they’d be shooting “in 14 months,” meaning next November, and that it won’t be called True Lies 2 but that “it might as well be.” That got many excited until Cameron himself debunked the rumor (Not to mention, Schwarzenegger’s still in office).

So, what is the next Cameron epic then? Production Weekly tweeted an update about the next James Cameron project that will occupy his time once Avatar finally launches so we finally have some info on what he really is working on next.

“James Cameron is developing a Shane Salerno-scripted sci-fi action script for Fox, described as an “event” film set in the future.”

It’s called Avatar 2.

I’m joking of course, but Cameron, in hopes of hyping up next week’s premiere of his long-in-development sci-fi epic, did mention that a second and third Avatar film will likely be coming pending the performance of next week’s release. There’s still a wide range of box office predictions for the 3D epic, some expect disappointment, some say its destined to succeed.

Speaking on the topic of a sequel in September, Avatar producer and longtime collaborator for James Cameron, Jon Landau, spoke on what the sequel could be about, hinting where it could take place.

“If the public likes Avatar, it’s a possibility. After all, here we are exploring the surface of the planet Pandora. The interior remains to be seen.”

With word of a potential sequel, I suppose we can expect the lead characters (or at least some of them) to make it through the story of Avatar alive. So if you’re expecting some horrifying apocalyptic conclusion to Avatar and the loss of all protagonists, it probably won’t be happening.

In an interview with Sci Fi Wire, Cameron talked about the film, its reaction and expectations as well as his goals with the project.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk and speculation about it, but it’s kind of like the generic Oscar buzz out there—it’s pretty ridiculous when people haven’t even see the movie… All anyone has seen is the 25 minutes of various scenes we showed at Comic-Con—and that’s not the movie! How can fans judge it by that?”

I understand what Cameron is saying but over the last few weeks, it seems every day we’re getting a new set of trailers, teasers and video clips, many of which show a lot of stuff not presented to those of us attending the presentation at San Diego Comic-Con in July. I have high hopes for Avatar but I do see too much marketing in recent days, likely making up for the non-existence of marketing for Avatar prior to Comic-Con.

Continue reading to find out what Cameron’s next film after Avatar will be…

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  1. I was hoping that it would be his planned live-action adaptation of Battle Angel Lita, but Cameron said that he was gonna use the same tech that he used in “Avatar” to make that film, unless he changed his mind.

    I heard that it may be called “Doomsday Protocol”, a film that was announced last year.

  2. “I heard that it may be called “Doomsday Protocol”, a film that was announced last year.”

    Sorry about that Rob, I completely skipped over the part where you talked about that film already.

  3. James Cameron says: “aspirational”

    Sort of sounds like market speak, like aspirational age. Does that mean what he’s aiming for is to give the audience that’s adult the feeling of freedom that they believe to be had in youth and the young audience the perceived freedom that comes with adulthood? Metaphors for how to possibly perfect man?!.. Can a human brain exist without mind? How much of the mind is inextricably connected to the changes over time to the cells of the brain?

  4. No Battle Angel Alita?

  5. So, will Tom Arnold be in the new one?

  6. Tom Arnold… hes gotta be getting old…. I’m all for the terminator coming back to movies tho its been too long!

  7. The only James Cameron movie I want to see is True Lies 2!!!!!!!

  8. To be brutally honest, I never really understood what was so special about True Lies. Yes it had some great actors and a director attached but when I watch this movie it seems like any other generic action flick. Yes maybe there is a little bit more depth in the main characters but I never really got completely sucked into the story like I did with other big budget action flicks. Don’t get me wrong Arnold and Cameron are both great respectively but I just wasn’t feeling it for True Lies. Maybe it came out when I was too young….

  9. @Fenix

    There’s no way to explain it, how about we just demonstrate to you why True Lies is a classic. Shall we start a “quote a great line from True Lies” thread and see how long it goes?? lol.

  10. ” They call him The Sand Spider”
    “Probably because it sounds scary”

    ” Harry, you do not have time to tango buddy”

    And I love the bit where Arnie gets angry and smashes the car window.

    But the classic has to be…

    ” You’re fired”

    True Lies has been the only time, despite many attempts, for americans to come close to a Bond movie.

  11. Don’t get me wrong Ken I enjoy it but I don’t think it stacks up to Camerons other classics (aliens, T2). I think the movie was a bit out of character for him if you will…

  12. I have to admit too the harrier seen near the end was sweet. Even now I still think its ridiculous and that movie is what like 15 years old??

  13. I actually think True Lies showed a more playful side of Cameron, he didnt have to do sci fi all the time, and it is such a fun movie. Even today.

    It is one of Arnie’s best roles, and even Tom Arnold is funny!

  14. Obviously it wasn’t a T2 or Aliens, it was an action/comedy, but damn was it a good action/comedy.

  15. Yea I mean ill take it for what it is but it just doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of his films. I guess thats sorta the point i was trying to make.

  16. True Lies is one of my favorite movies. It has something for everyone, is so easily re-watchable and wildly entertaining.

  17. True Lies is simply awesome.

    They dont make movies like that anymore.

  18. I would love to see a second True Lies. Original cast and all.

    As for Avatar 2 & 3…
    Isn’t this the most expensive film ever made? I wonder how they imagine they’ll recoup on this film and then make two more that top the original. If we didn’t have such a large national defecit, maybe we’d have enough money to spend on Cameron’s films, but i don’t see them happening any time soon based purely on numbers.

    Then again, I’ve been wrong before. I thought Hard Target deserved an Academy Award. 😀

  19. “Tom Arnold said they’d be shooting “in 14 months,” ”
    “(Not to mention, Schwarzenegger’s still in office).”

    Arnold has already stated he will not be running for re-election, so his schedule would be clear.

  20. I certainly think there is a script for True Lies 2, but I doubt Cameron will be involved. But it will only be worth doing if the entire cast come back, which is possible.

  21. I used to live in Saudi Arabia and I tried three times to get a copy of that movie into Saudi because it was one of my favorites. Everytime we went through Saudi customs they would do a big search and seizure of all Westerners bags and confiscate anything they deemed questionable..True Lies was on their hit list so they took two of the copies we tried to get in and then one of our friends who worked for the Saudi government told us to put it under my wife’s unmentionables and it would get through and SURE ENOUGH it worked..as soon as he opened her suitcase and saw her underwear he closed it right up and waved her through(it was almost like he caught a glimpse of the Medusa or something..that guy turned his back to that suitcase so fast and just waved her through..it was funny!!)..True story..The second copy of the movie that was taken by Saudi customs the guy who confiscated it said it was a great movie but I wasn’t allowed to have it because it was on their black list…I asked him what they do with the movies and he said the customs officers keep them for themselves…AAARRRGHHHH!!!

  22. True Lies is hilarious and its action packed.It doesnt try to take itself too serious.

  23. @ INK,

    When is his term up? I heard it wasn’t till way after the time period Tom specified.

  24. @Greenknight

    LOL!! funny story dude. :-)


    I think a lot of the budget went into developing the tech for the movie. But now that’s it’s all developed, the sequels would have a much lower budget. Almost everything about the way they filmed and shot this movie was basically invented for this movie, so there was quite a bit of money going into that…

  25. they just reported the movie is Fantastic Voyage 3D

  26. Yeah Ken we hid everything that we were afraid they would confiscate under my wife’s undies after that.. :)

  27. Hm, smuggle in guns and bombs under your wife’s undies, lol. What great security, haha.

  28. @INK. Arnie can’t run for re election next year, his term is over. He won’t be back,,, (unless were under marshall law by that point, then True Lies is prob gonna be on hold…)
    Note to self:
    Cancel vacation to Saudi Arabia on Monday…

  29. While Im already hearing alot of awesome things about Avatar,its being considered by many a “training ground” for a more complex movie.Alot of what I have read(and seen within the trailer)shows that Avatar is a visually stunning movie.However the complexity of the storyline seems a bit cliche,which is unlike so much of Cameron’s work.I personally believe Avatar is being used to use and so what perfect the usuage of the new technology for Battle Angel Alita.The Storyline sounds amazing and the characters sound as if it could be a real knockout.Even more so than Avatar…