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Filmmaker James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels will be filmed back-to-back, but the fourth film in the series was still an afterthought until now. Cameron and producer Jon Landau are excited about the fourth film, which will take audiences back to Pandora in prequel fashion.

Last week, Landau told South Jersey’s Courier-Post that while plans are in motion to shoot “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” back-to-back, “Avatar 4” won’t happen just yet. This is the same information Cameron related to the New York Times in July.

Now, while taping an interview with MTV, Cameron claims he has an idea for “Avatar 4.” This is what he had to say.

“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.”

So, in the tradition of the Star Wars series, Cameron will look at Pandora in “Avatar 4” in prequel form.  He front loaded his comment with this disclaimer.

“We’ll start, not imitating ‘Star Wars,” but it’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three.”

Let’s hope it’s nothing like “The Phantom Menace.” Reportedly, there is potential for additional prequel features after that. One may wonder if George Lucas ever thought of doing this?

“Avatar 2” is still in development and won’t hit theaters until 2015 at the earliest.

“Avatar” will be available on Blu-ray 3D beginning on October 16th.

Sources: Huffington Post, MTV