Rupert Murdoch Gets in James Cameron's Grill for an Avatar Sequel

February 3, 2010

Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of News Corp., said during his quarterly earnings call that he's chomping at the bit to get director James Cameron to knock out an Avatar sequel ASAP. Whether or not Cameron gives a crap what Murdoch wants is another issue altogether.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Murdoch said, regarding an Avatar sequel, "We will be pushing for one." But then, no one really tells James Cameron what to do -- not even his boss:

But he cautioned analysts not to "hold your breath for an early one" in a possible reference to Cameron projects often taking a long time to come to fruition.

News Corp. deputy chairman, president and COO Chase Carey interjected that both sides want to make another movie. "We certainly both intend to have one," he said.

It seems like Cameron would be more likely to take an extended vacation and/or begin work on a non-Avatar related film before jumping right back into the fray. Tempting him with money probably won't work, as he's probably making more money than he knows what to do with from the first Avatar.

Murdoch also talked a bit about a forthcoming DVD of Avatar but didn't give us the skinny on when exactly a DVD would be hitting shelves, though he did say it won't be in 3D since the technology for 3D home viewing isn't ready to rock.

So what are you more excited for? The Avatar DVD or an Avatar sequel?

Or has the Avatar buzz gotten out of hand? If it wins for Best Picture at this year's Oscars, you better believe the buzz won't quit for awhile. It's Titanic all over again!

Source: 20th Century Fox