James Cameron Reveals Plot Details of the ‘Avatar’ Sequels
James Cameron made movie history when ‘Avatar‘ became the No. 1 box office movie of all time, and if that doesn’t warrant a sequel (or, rather, a bunch of sequels), what does? Cameron has already begun work on three more ‘Avatar’ films — the first of which to be released in December 2016 — and, of course, there’s been some misleading gossip as to where he’ll take us next. To set the record straight a bit, the director let loose a few tantalizing tidbits to whet the palette.
Following a press conference Monday during which Cameron announced that filming on the ‘Avatar’ sequels will take place in New Zealand, home of the ‘Lord of the Rings‘ and ‘Hobbit‘ trilogies, the director spoke with the AP, comparing the films to ‘The Godfather.’ While he said the first film “was very Jake-centric,” Jake Sully played by Sam Worthington, the story to come will spread beyond him.
We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It’s really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like ‘The Godfather.’
The first film also gave us a taste of Pandora, the planet of the Na’vi, and it turns out even its grandiose scope was only an introduction of grander things to come.
It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We’re blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it. … There’s a fair bit of underwater stuff. It’s been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That’s not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.
The next slate of ‘Avatar’ films will presumably bring back Worthington as Jack Sully, as well as Zoe Saldana as his Na’vi love interest. Stephen Lang, who portrayed the villainous colonel set on destroying the alien species to colonize their resources, is set to return, while Arnold Schwarzenegger has been rumored to partake.
As previously stated, ‘Avatar 2′ is set for release in December 2016, with ‘Avatar 3′ and ‘Avatar 4′ to come in 2017 and 2018, respectively.