Whereas everyone seems to be already getting their blue face paint prepared for Avatar: The Method of Water, a sure director may have already got his eyes on the exit door. In an interview with Empire, director James Cameron admitted that there is likely to be room for a brand new director in a future Avatar sequel. “The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming,” Cameron tells Empire. “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 beforehand handed the baton to Robert Rodriguez for the Alita: Battle Angel movies in 2015.
Again in 2017, Cameron confirmed that the fourth and fifth sequels will arrive in December of 2024 and 2025. Whereas they haven’t begun manufacturing but (Avatar 2 & 3 had been filmed again to again), it offers Cameron loads of time to discover a substitute, or determine that solely he can direct the Pandora universe.