The teaming of Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron is a pretty formidable one. In three films together, they made two bona fide classics, the first two “Terminator” movies, and one more highly respected action movie, “True Lies.” With both men still working, it seemed like only a matter of time before we saw the credits back on screen together.
Cameron has publicly aired his intention to only make “Avatar” movies in order to fund his adventures to the ocean floor, and plans for the next three looked to tie him up even further down the road, but if Latino-Review has the story right, the Cameron-Schwarzenegger reteam might be sooner than we expected.
El Mayimbe over at Latino-Review is reporting that Schwarzenegger is in line to play the next big human bad guy for the fantasy-action series.
If the report about Schwarzenegger is true, the high-profile sequels are coming together fairly quickly. There are already writers assigned to work with Cameron on the second, third, and fourth scripts. Josh Friedman is writing “Avatar 2” is December 2016, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are writing “Avatar 3” for December 2017, and Shane Salerno is writing “Avatar 4” for 2018.
It’s a crazy, ambitious plan, but Cameron seems dead-set on continuing the series and building the mythology in a very big way. Schwarzenegger has had trouble finding his footing post-governorship, so this a teaming with Cameron in a type of role that he isn’t used to could help stabilize him.
Schwarzenegger is also likely in play for Paramount’s “Terminator” reboot with director Alan Taylor set for release in July of 2015.