Avatar 2 is all set up to go. James Cameron has confirmed that the scripts have finally been finished, and that motion capture will begin this summer. But amidst the quiet hype building for the sequel, slated for a Dec. 21, 2018 release, Cameron has stayed in front of expectations.
While attention will certainly be on Avatar 2 for the next couple of years, Cameron is already thinking of parts 3, 4, and 5. That’s right, the highest-grossing film of all time is not getting just one sequel; it’s getting four.
Back From The Writing Cave
“The thing is, my focus isn’t on Avatar 2,” Cameron said in an interview with The Daily Beast, “My focus is on Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 equally. That’s exactly how I’m approaching it… I’ve just finished the script to Avatar 5.”
Cameron then goes on to confirm that motion capture will be done with the actors in August. He also expresses his relief that the writing phase of the film is complete.
“I feel like I’ve been let out of jail, because I’ve been in the writing cave for the last two years,” the director said, “I don’t enjoy writing. I wouldn’t wish writing on a dog.”
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— Avatar (@officialavatar) January 23, 2017
The concurrent filming of four different movies is pretty unheard of, and especially for films with the production scale of Avatar. Still, Cameron’s plans for the franchise seem to have evolved over time. There’s massive potential in the mythology of the world of Pandora. There are plenty of stories and approaches he could take. They could explore the nature Eywa, the culture of the Na’vi, and Pandora’s relationship with Earth.
The least of our expectations, is that the sequels tell us something wholly different about the world introduced in the first film. Something like Star Wars has been successful with their sequels rehashing familiar plot points and themes, sure. But Avatar needs to ditch the formula. The sequels have to roll up its sleeves, and go all out in its world-building and storytelling.
Given the first Avatar came out back in 2009, fans might be concerned that the core cast have moved on. But that isn’t the case: Sam Worthington will be back as Jake Sully, and Zoe Saldana will reprise her role as Neytiri. Stephen Lang will also return, and Sigourney Weaver is also set to make a reappearance.
Meanwhile, fans will at least be able to visit Pandora – The World of Avatar this year in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.
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