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James Cameron to direct Avatar prequel

The Avatar prequel will explore human's first contact with the Na'vi moon Pandora.

James Cameron is planning to make an Avatar prequel about mankind’s “early expeditions” to the moon Pandora.

Cameron told MTV News: “I haven’t really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.”

Producer Jon Landau revealed earlier this year the director and crew will be shooting the second and third film back-to-back, with Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington set to return as Neytiri and Jake Sully.

Cameron also revealed he is keen to introduce new characters to the franchise.

He explained: “The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films.”

Cameron has previously revealed he intends to spend the rest of career working on the Avatar franchise, previously The New York Times: “I’m in the Avatar business. Period. That’s it. I’m making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts.

“That sounds a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way.”

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