LOS ANGELES -James Cameron has hinted that the Avatar sequels could be headed in a different direction. The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who is set to direct the next three films, teased about the endless possibilities of the series.

“That’s the great thing about Avatar, it’s such a rich world, I can explore any theme or any idea that I want. Once you’ve got the characters that an audience loves, it’s great to surprise them and make changes and turns that they don’t expect,” he told French network RTL.

“And you don’t have to spend so much time of the movie setting up all that stuff, because the audience will remember from the previous film. I don’t get bored. It’s a great world. I love being in the world of Pandora.”

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang have signed on to reprise their roles from the first film in all three sequels. Production is scheduled to begin later this year, in time for release in December 2016, 2017 and 2018.

James confirmed he’s still busy with the groundwork before shooting begins.

“We’re still in the early stages. Right now we’re developing the software. I’m writing the scripts. We’re designing all the creatures and characters and the settings, and so on,” he said.

“So, I’m not actually directing yet, but I’m doing all the other creative processes that lead up to that... It’s going very well. I think it’s going to be spectacular.”

The 59-year-old added: “You’ll see new worlds, new habitats, new cultures. The primary conflict between the human view kind of dominating nature and the Na’vi view of being integrated into nature is the same, but it manifests itself in very different ways.”