Saddle up your Toraks and tie up your reproductive ponytails, the biggest movie of all time is coming back…eventually. Yes, the next installments in the Avatar franchise have been in development for quite some time. Director James Cameron clearly wants them to be perfect, which might be why the sequels have faced more delays than the Dark Crystal sequel. While the plots of the new Avatar movies are still under wraps, James Cameron himself may have finally given us some insight on what they will be about.
In a recent interview with Variety, James Cameron discussed the upcoming Avatar sequels and what their stories would focus on. Specifically, he stated that Jake and Neytiri will have children together and that the new movies will focus on their family. Cameron said:
“The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”
Apparently, even after most of the humans are banished from Pandora, they manage to find a way back. Whether it will be the same humans with new technology or a new army looking to drain the planet’s unobtanium, it’s pretty clear that the stakes will be higher for Jake Sully (especially with kids to take care of).
Cameron was also asked about the tentative Christmas 2018 release date of Avatar 2, to which he responded:
“We haven’t moved that target yet, but we will if we need to. The important thing for me is not when the first one comes out but the cadence of the release pattern. I want them to be released as close together as possible. If it’s an annual appointment to show up at Christmas, I want to make sure that we’re able to fulfill on that promise.”
It looks like Cameron really wants to release the sequels closely together, and he is more than willing to delay them again if it means getting them out in an even pattern. The last thing Cameron wants to do is make fans wait too long for a seq…well, at least he’s thinking ahead.
At best, we’ll get a truly awe-inspiring and amazing sequel like Mad Max: Fury Road. At worst, the sequels won’t come out for several decades and end up being low-quality disappointments like The Thief and the Cobbler. Hopefully under the watching eye of the almighty James Cameron, our journey back to Pandora will be a worthy sequel and make enough money for Cameron to drive a heat-proof mining vehicle to the center of the Earth.