Almost 10 years after it broke box office records, we’re still waiting for Avatar 2 (and Avatar 3, and Avatar 4, and Avatar 5), but it seems that there might be some tentative signs of progress on those movies actually going into production now. The latest indicator comes from Sam Worthington, the Australian actor who starred in the first film and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most dependable leading me… No, that last part didn’t happen. Of course, Worthington is going to be in the sequels, and he’s promised in a new interview that the Avatar sequels are “going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen.”
In an interview with We Got This Covered, where Worthington was promoting his new project The Shack, he confirmed that Jake will be a father in the new films, and further promised that director James Cameron is going to deliver on all his lofty ambitions about the size and scope of the sequels.
They’re going to be shooting concurrently. The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. Whenever he says jump I go because he’s the man. I’ve read all the scripts, they’re great. This is going to be Jake eight years later, and he’s got a family now.
This film is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen. The world is bigger than the first one, but essentially, it’s a movie about family. Jake will still have that essence of a kid seeing the world for the first time, but he’s been living in the world for a while now, so what’s this world he’s seeing now for the first time? The film will explore that within this family dynamic.
As you’ll recall, Avatar was about a crippled Marine named Jake Sully who’s chosen to infiltrate the indigenous race of the planet Pandora using a genetically engineered body that’s made in the image of the peaceful Na’vi. Jake eventually rebels against the human military trying to exploit Pandora’s resources and joins forces physically and romantically with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). Cameron has long promised that the further Avatar sequels will open up brand new worlds on Pandora, and that the sequels will be phrased as a multigenerational saga that sees continuing struggles between the Na’vi and the human race.
The first Avatar sequel is expected to arrive on December 21, 2018.