Last night Vulture caught up with James Cameron on the red carpet at Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards, and they took the opportunity to grill the famed director about his plans for the 2014 followup to Avatar. First, when asked about whether or not Sigourney Weaver is correct in thinking that she’ll be in the film’s sequel, he had this to say:
Well, I don’t want to disabuse her of that fantasy. But have you ever heard of nonlinear storytelling? A lot happens on that planet before she shows up, and before Jake shows up to join her. She’s there for fifteen years ahead of time. I don’t know, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions.
Interesting! So there will be some prequel action to look forward to in the sequel. Then, when asked a followup question about whether or not her character is technically dead or not, Cameron explained, “When you have a science-fiction series, a science-fiction franchise, you’re never dead, unless your DNA is expunged from the universe. And then there’s always time travel!” What do you think the odds are that Dr. Grace Augustine will be back in the current storyline as well?