For decades, James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have been joined at the hip, with this partnership dating back to a creative pact signed by Cameron and Fox following the enormous success of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” in 1991. Merging these two Hollywood forces together has resulted in projects ranging from “True Lies” to “Titanic” to “Avatar,” as well as films only produced by Cameron, such as “Alita: Battle Angel.” Given the strong track record Cameron has had with Fox, it’s no surprise that, in the days leading up to the debut of “Avatar,” the studio was looking to gear up a new film for the auteur.
In December 2009, news broke that Cameron had set up a film at Fox called “Doomsday Protocol,” which was seen as a potential sci-fi tentpole. Earlier news reports over a Fox-purchased script with the same name revealed plot details for the ambitious project, which would have centered on a group of human and aliens coming together to save Earth from annihilation. It’s easy to see why such a project would work well to Cameron’s sensibilities, given his love for sci-fi and stories about humans working alongside decidedly non-human beings. However, no further news ever emerged on this project, likely as a result of Cameron focusing on his array of “Avatar” sequels.