I loved Avatar. I still love it. I don’t have some backlash against its success. I don’t feel motivated by white guilt and therefore like it. I don’t care that by liking it I’m not one of the cool kids. I didn’t get the memo that a film had to have all new ideas and not revisit any thematic terrain to be good.

So, I am excited to hear that James Cameron is not doing Cleopatra. Fuck Cleopatra, boring old dead bitch. I’m excited to hear that he James Cameron is not doing Battle Angel: Alita. Because allI need is more kids to trip over reading manga at the book store.

He’s going back to Pandora, says the omnipresent Variety.

I’m excited that he’s going to do Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 next. As if many us are surprised. Even if Cameron hadn’t made a point that the story in the first film was just the tip of an iceberg he’s been thawing for over a decade, 20th Century Fox can think of a few billion reasons why the Na’vi need to get back onto theater screens some more.

Avatar 2 – December 2014
Avatar 3 – December 2015

Here’s a quote from Cameron that will probably cause a few more people to jump off his bandwagon:

“In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories
that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle
of ‘Avatar’s’ visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to
explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences
in all cultures around the world,” Cameron said. “I’m looking forward
to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild.”

Personally, his confidence and ego doesn’t scare me. It’s part and parcel of Cameron being a guy who says big, sweeping, and intimidating things that seem like overhype and then delivering on those promises to a ‘T’. He’s not for everyone but it seems Mr. Cameron has proven his worth time and time again. Plus, he liked my CHUD.com t-shirt backstage at Comic-Con a few years back.

I can’t wait to see more Pandora. It’s a beautiful place and if the rumors about underwater battles and hordes of new monsters are true I’ll be like a pig in shit.