‘Avatar’ Producer Addresses Sequel Rumors

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 1:29 am,

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Only months after the release of Avatar, director James Cameron was already dropping hints about what fans could expect from the inevitable sequels. One of his earliest declarations was that Avatar 2 would take audiences into a region of Pandora unexplored by the original film – the oceans.

It’s been confirmed that Avatar 2 will be Cameron’s next project and that it will be shot back-to-back with Avatar 3. Although screenplays for the sequels have yet to be written, there are some factions of the Internet rumor mill that seem to believe the first sequel will take place entirely underwater.

Empire recently caught up with Jon Landau,  one of the Avatar franchise’s producers, while he was out promoting Avatar‘s upcoming Extended Collector’s Edition. Landau revealed that the oceans of Pandora will indeed be featured in Avatar 2, but they won’t be the focus of the film:

“Water will be a part of the movie, but it won’t be all of the movie … There’s been a lot of rumours that it’s an underwater movie – it’s not. Just like the Floating Mountains, and the Na’vi’s interaction with the mountains, were a part of Avatar, it’ll be the same type of thing.”

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since Cameron previously stated that Avatar 2 would definitely expand the scope of the first movie, but not at the expense of revisiting established locations. Yet, the innovative filmmaker clearly has a larger story in mind – one that goes beyond Pandora and involves other planets in the Alpha Centauri AB system.

If the franchise does indeed wind up traveling to other worlds, it won’t be until the third film. Landau indicates that Avatar 2 will likely take place entirely on Pandora:

“I think the next movie will stay on Pandora. That’d be my guess. Not all the answers are there yet, but I think we’re happy with Pandora.”

Landau also insists that even though the sequels are shooting back-to-back, it’s important that they stand on their own. So don’t expect Avatar 2 to end with a cliffhanger à la Back to the Future Part II or The Matrix Reloaded:

“The next [film] will kick off where the  last one ended, but just like Avatar resolved itself and doesn’t feel like a set-up to another movie, you don’t want Avatar 2 to feel like a set up for 3.”

Not only does that decision seem creatively stronger, in my opinion it also shows more respect for the audience. The majority of Avatar fans are already passionate and no one needs to be baited into seeing another film. Franchise or not, I think each film should tell a contained story – even if there’s a larger arc in place.

Finally, Landau touches on two other long-gestating Cameron projects – The Dive and Battle Angel. While they’re obviously a ways off, it doesn’t sound like interest has waned:

They’re further-out projects … Neither one has that shooting script yet and both are really worthy projects to make.”

My list of criticisms for the first Avatar is largely the same as everyone else’s, but I really do have high hopes for the follow-ups. Landau previously discussed Cameron’s successful track record with sequels and the pressure that created for  Avatar 2. Here’s hoping they knock it out of the park.

Source: Empire.

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  1. One the best things about Avatar was the unique creatures Cameron came up with, and I can’t wait to see what does with the marine life.

  2. I should say that Empire Strikes Back is probably the best exception to the cliffhanger situation. I suppose the real problem is all the sequels that have tried to duplicate that finale.

    Even BTTF2 gets a pass because it still stands on its own for the most part. I’m thinking more of The Matrix (as mentioned) and POTC sequels where they feel like it’s one long film broken up into two parts.

    Unless it’s something like LOTR where it’s based on one larger story that’s simply too long to tell in one film, I’m not crazy about that approach.

    Pretty relieved to hear Avatar 2 isn’t going that route.

    • POTC? Passion of the Christ lol?

      • Um… Pirates of the Caribbean. LOL.

  3. Will there be a Special Edition of Avatar 2 too. Haha

  4. YAY!

  5. Sweet glad to hear they’re not trying to milk the audience by making cliffhngers. Can’t wait.

    • Actully sully i thin its quite the opposite from what i read or interpret euthera ..Hey Avatar was hell of film and im looking forward to more lol

      • Hell yeah, i see both sequels either way!

  6. Is this movie going to be called Avatar 2? Or Avatars?

    • probably avatar 2

  7. I’m just hoping that they’ll take some time to add some depth of believability in the characters and races which will match the depth of believability of the motion capture CG.

    Avatar would have been one of my favorite films released last year had it not been for the saturday morning cartoon screenplay.

    • WTRF ARE YOU TLIONG ABOUT Avatar the movie or that lame ass avatar Asian cartoon the M night shamal nanalan or whatever came up with that bombed..? y There was no Cameron avatar cartoon on Saturday morning nit that i know of..i would not has missed that..i think your confused?

      • Calm down. I believe he is referring to the childish and simple (in his opinion) story of Avatar.
        BTW, Avatar the Last Airbender cartoon blows Cameron’s Avatar out of the water as far as a good story goes.

  8. i meant WTF! what are you talking about?

  9. Obviously ink you have no sense of what a real good film about.like i said your confused. you may want to go back to your mommy when you cry about how the mean lady hurt your feelings .lol

    • Rogue,

      You really need to tone it down a couple of notches. You’re really pushing it lately.


  10. Geez, to each their own people. I personally LOVED Avatar (the movie, not the cartoon). Sure, the plot was predictable and unoriginal, but it was very well told. Besides, what story is original? NOTHING is original anymore. It all depends on how it’s executed, and imo, Cameron did an amazing job at it. Bring on the sequels.

  11. Just bummed that it is going to take 4 years till the sequel comes out…I wish they would give us something more in the meantime, like a book with more of the ecology/creatures of Pandora.