James Cameron seeded Avatar with sequel hints

We reported waaay back in December that James Cameron always planned sequels to his now-blockbuster Avatar, and now Entertainment Weekly has a few more details.

In its current issue, the magazine quotes the director as saying he left scenes in the movie to set up a subsequent movie. Or movies.

But not only did director James Cameron always believe that the film would be a hit—he was even planning a sequel during production. "I've had a storyline in mind from the start—there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel," Cameron says. "It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan."

It famously took Cameron 15 or more years to develop the tech and ideas for Avatar, but now that the infrastructure is in place, it won't take that long to mount a second movie, he added. And star Sam Worthington has already signed on for a sequel.

Earlier, Cameron offered this to MTV.com:

Cameron made clear that the next film won't be a prequel, recounting previous backstory, but will begin after the events of the initial movie. "We'll follow Jake and Neytiri," he confirmed.

In fact, Cameron intends to follow the couple for another two films. "I have a trilogy-scaled arc of story right now, but I haven't really put any serious work into writing a script," he said.

What scenes do you think Cameron left in to set up a sequel? And what would you like to see in a sequel? Other moons? Other creatures? More naked blue alien sex?

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