Four new Avatar films are set to hit theaters within the next decade, and director James Cameron says he wants them to be as big as The Lord of the Rings.
Speaking to Empire about the series ahead of the December release of Avatar: The Way of Water, Cameron expressed that, when he was approached by 20th Century Fox to direct an Avatar sequel, he told them he wanted to turn the franchise into a universe. "What I said to the Fox regime at the time was, 'I'll do it, but we’ve got to play a larger game here. I don’t want to just do a movie and do a movie and do a movie. I want to tell a bigger story,'" he said. "I said, 'Imagine a series of novels like The Lord Of The Rings existed, and we're adapting them.' Now, that was great in theory, but then I had to go create the frickin’ novels from which to adapt it."
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