James Cameron says Avatar 3 could wrap the series – if The Way of Water bombs at the box office

Avatar: The Way of Water
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Avatar: The Way of Water has been a long time coming. Despite the extended period between movies, though, James Cameron is barrelling forward with his vision for Pandora's future. In fact, the director currently has an additional three sequels in the works, taking us all the way to Avatar 5.

However, whether the series continues long into the future remains to be seen; should The Way of Water not make a splash at the box office, then the next sequel could be a hastened finale. "The market could be telling us we’re done in three months, or we might be semi-done, meaning: ‘OK, let’s complete the story within movie three, and not go on endlessly’, if it’s just not profitable," Cameron tells (opens in new tab), featuring Avatar 2 on the cover.

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That's just a snippet of our huge interview with Cameron, along with his cast and fellow creatives, featured in (opens in new tab) (and digital devices) this Thursday, November 10. Meanwhile, Avatar: The Way of Water opens in cinemas on December 16. 

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