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Jon Landau has collaborated with James Cameron in producing both Titanic and Avatar and, with a bit of luck and a following wind, will go on and collaborate with him further in the future. But on which projects, exactly? Talking to the French magazine Le Film, Landau has given some indication of which pictures Cameron is planning to tackle next: his long awaited manga adaptation Battle Angle Alita, underwater romance The Dive and even a sequel to Avatar.

After the break, how Landau pitched the premise for that follow-up to this year’s most hyped movie.

Of course, he didn’t say much but Landau did offer a tantalising hint of what premise the sequel might have. Here’s my translation:

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.

Beneath the Planet of the Na’vi, anyone? Yes please.

Cameron has definitely spent a lot of time on painstakingly creating an ecosystem for his fictional world. If it truly is holistic, then he must already have some idea of what lurks beneath the crust.

This is all dependent on Avatar being a suitably successful picture, of course… but what ‘suitably successful’ means for a film with such a mammoth budget, I don’t know and can hardly dare guess. Will he have to outdo his own Titanic smash? Is that even possible?

Here’s Landau on the other two projects, both of which are talked about as though set in stone, though I’ve learned the hard way to never trust such promises, especially in translation:

We’ll go on to Battle Angel Alita and The Dive, a love story in the middle of a dive. James is directing both projects.

Beautiful. I’m assuming The Dive will be one of his tank-based projects with actors submerged below real water, far away from the relative comfort of the motion-capture ‘volume’. He must be craving a bit of physical danger round about now, surely?

Via French Premiere (story one and story two).

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