James Cameron‘s Avatar has remained popular for the 4 years since its release. And with at least 3 more films in the franchise scheduled, starting with the first in 2015, Disney apparently decided to strike while the iron is relatively hot.
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While James Cameron is working on the next two installments to the Avatar franchise he created, he spoke with MTV about the possibility of a fourth film. If it were to happen, it’d be a prequel to the story we all know so well by now, explaining the early expeditions of Pandora:
I have an idea for a fourth. I haven’t really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.
Because when we drop in, even in the first film in ‘Avatar 1,’ as it will be known in the future, we’re dropping into a process that’s 35 years in to a whole colonization. That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we’ll start, not imitating ‘Star Wars,’ but it’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan.
Seems like there’s definitely a lot of meat in these stories to be able to expand the film universe in the way that George Lucas did with Star Wars. I’m actually interested in seeing the lead-up to everything we’ve seen so far in this universe.
Cameron went on to talk about the next two films, which he’s currently working on and “writing two scripts together as one big thing”:
We’ve spent two years refining the whole pipeline. It was a hideously complex process to make that film and a lot has been said about that, but we don’t want it to be done in the same prototypical way as the first one, we want it to be a much smoother workflow just for creativity reasons.
Where do the ideas come from? Well, he clearly has a TARDIS and won’t admit to it:
You know, Peter Jackson had it easy, he already had the books. He had the books. Now if I had a time machine I could go forward and watch the movies and then come back, but I don’t!
On top of working on Avatar, Cameron still plans to get the film adaptation of the sci-fi manga series, Battle Angel, on the road.
James Cameron recently spilled some serious beans about the next two Avatar sequels in an interview ABC’s Nightline. You can watch the video below but here are some featured highlights.
Avatar blew our minds, and the box office, up, what can we expect from the sequels?
It’s on Pandora. Well, I’m really writing the second and third films together, so it completes a kinda three film story arc. And we will see the oceans of Pandora, which we haven’t seen at all and that’s an ecosystem that I’m dying to start designing because it’s going to look spectacular.
[The sequel] narrows the spotlight instead of just nature in general or the rainforest. It focuses it a little more on ocean issues, because we have a planet that’s a blue planet. From a distance, you look at it, the Earth is a lot more blue than it is, you know brown, the land mass. We’re making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now. For a lot or reasons. It’s just a way to focus a little energy in that direction.
Avatar: Under the Sea, got it. I thought Home Tree was cool, but I want to see Home Coral, or Home Anemone. Oh! Maybe the lifeforms of the sea will be anthropomorphized clown fish? Whatever it is below Pandora’s waves it’ll be amazing! If Cameron made the plant life literally light up can you imagine how cool the ocean floor will look?
But will the sequel be inundated with even more environmental issues?
I’m not going to become more strident. I’m not going to say, ‘well, we got away with this much environmental content in the first movie, now there’s double.’ Because I think that would be a mistake. It has to be entertainment first and foremost.
Whew! Sigh of relief. If the films become too message heavy I’d fear audiences would stop caring all together. They could also become boring as fuck. Environmental awareness okay, but only in moderation.
The biggest bit Cameron revealed was we’d be seeing other planets in the sequels. Do Na’vi have space ships? I don’t know, but more planets has me intrigued.
I think it’s just a continuation of the same thing. I want people to feel that same sense of excitement about that world. You know, the fictional Na’vi people and I want them to feel that excitement of discovery of a new world that they’re going to see things that they haven’t imagined. All that sort of the perk package of the first movie is still going to be there. And the themes will be there and be played out in a way that I think people can accept.
All right, I’ll admit it, Cameron, you’ve got me pretty excited for the sequels. I really loved Avatar, I completely bought into its re-hashed, Fern Gully message and I adored its visuals. A sequel or two? Oceans and new worlds? Yup, I’m there.
What do you think about what Cameron has revealed about Avatar‘s sequels?