James Cameron Teases ‘Avatar 2′ Plot & Setting Details

Published 4 years ago by , Updated October 18th, 2011 at 5:19 pm,

james cameron avatar 2 James Cameron Teases Avatar 2 Plot & Setting Details

We’ve still got three years (at the time of writing this) until Avatar 2 actually hits theaters. However, seeing how it is the sequel to the unadjusted highest-grossing release in the history of motion pictures – and also the film that truly got the modern 3D craze going – any news concerning the project is worth reporting on.

Avatar universe mastermind James Cameron recently touched on the topic of whether or not Sigourney Weaver will return for the followup – and now, he’s offered a few additional hints about the film, with respects to matters such as plot, scope, and the (extraterrestrial) settings that will be explored.

It’s long been known that Avatar 2 aims to explore the oceans of Pandora to some degree – though, how much of the movie will actually take place underwater remains to be seen. Cameron isn’t spilling any juicy details about that just yet, but he is willing to talk preliminary information (re: the basics).

Here is what Cameron told Nightline, on that subject:

“['Avatar 2'] is 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… ['Avatar 2'] 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.”

On the topic of the tone and style of the Avatar sequel:

“I think it’s just a continuation of the same thing [from the first film]. I want people to feel that same sense of excitement about that world [Pandora]. 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… 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.”

avatar 2 details James Cameron Teases Avatar 2 Plot & Setting Details

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) in Na'vi form in 'Avatar'

While Cameron’s Avatar may not have blown away moviegoers with its storyline – which (essentially) amounted to a sci-fi allegorical version of Dances with Wolves, mixed with elements of an environmentally-conscious parable along the lines of Ferngully: The Last Rainforest – no one denies that the film’s colorful alien world of Pandora is an impressive sight to behold.

So, if Cameron can devise more of an unconventional narrative to go with the cutting-edge visuals and truly epic action in his Avatar sequels, then moviegoers will have all the more reason to take a return trip to that particular fantastical cinematic landscape… especially since Pandora’s oceans should also make for some truly delicious eye candy.


Avatar 2 is tentatively scheduled to hit U.S. theaters around Christmas 2014, followed by Avatar 3 a year later.

Source: Nightline

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  1. @Kryptonic

    I agree with you, people have a right to express a feeling or belief through films without pushing it onto others. Te environment was doing just fine until we came along and mr. B-List Pornstar Extra? Deal with it. It is the truth, does that mean we caused every single problem on this planet? No, but we did cause most of them. You do not become a hippie just by saying you agree that the Earth is our responsibility. Did Spielberg get mocked when ‘Saving Private Ryan’ came out and he made sure that every school in America had that movie in their possession? No. Because he was simply doing something to help students and people in general become more aware of reality. Look, I eat meat, I bathe everyday, I wear store bought clothes, and I live indoors – I am not a hippie and just because I agree with Cameron’s ideas for the movie does not make me or anybody else on this thread one.

    • Spielberg didn’t hide the invasion of Normandy within a science fiction film, spout his own political nonsense, and then start another world war. He simply portrayed a historical account of events from WWII. But, Cameron displayed his message for the world through his science fiction film, and then I am sure he hopped into his electric/solar powered private airplane. You know, because he truly cares about the environment.

    • Me showing people how to dance

  2. While Cameron’s Avatar may not have blown away moviegoers with its storyline – which (essentially) amounted to a sci-fi allegorical version of Dances with Wolves, mixed with elements of an environmentally-conscious parable along the lines of Ferngully: The Last Rainforest – no one denies that the film’s colorful alien world of Pandora is an impressive sight to behold.
    (Quoting that up there ^)
    it actually didn’t remind me of ‘Dances with wolves’ or ‘Ferngully’ as much as it reminded me of Pocahontas O.o the ‘Sky people’ being the guys looking for gold and the Na’vi being the Indians, as they were fighting I kept imagining the song ‘Savage’s’ playing in the background x.x lol, think about it :P.

    • ikr!! hahaha i was soooo thinking the same thing XD

    • The story for Avatar reminded me of Bishop’s Gait. Read my blog about it.

    • You know what now I can really see how that fits

  3. Whats the point in all these titanic remakes they should just make avatar 2 now titanic 3d wont make money anyway the film is 15 years old

  4. Cool dances have emotions and cool songs that rock!!

  5. The movie had a very weak plot, with Sam’s character turning on his people and all. With the main draw being the special effects, the next movie is really going to have to offer something more substantive for audiences.

    And LOL at the conservative group therapy session in here.

  6. I look forward to part 2-4 of Avatar, I just ask James Cameron to please work with Roger Dean, famous for his YES album covers, he was doing Pandora visuals floating islands in the sky, way back in 1972. Roger Dean could help him bring more interesting visuals into the next couple of movies…….

  7. Thanks for Avatar as it is a parable to what happened to my people the First Nations and other First Nations around the world by the invasions of the Caucasian people’s over the century’s it has not all been bad but the majority of it has been. They have taught us to rape the land to the point that we cannot even in our own mind realistically go back to our own ways without a survivable cataclismic event happening that would force us to.

  8. I just feel that there needs to be closure from the first one. So many questions i have unaswered!

  9. If James Cameron puts Chinese people in the new movie, please, PLEASE, still do the avatar eyes. I worship the movie Avatar, I watch it almost every night before I go to bed. But if you put in a Chinese person with normal human eyes, it ruins the whole creativity of the whole avatar idea. Some sequels are good, others sometimes ruin both movies. Just a simple note for James, please be careful.

  10. Got some idea for the plot.
    Well if possible, how can I pass it to Avatar’s 2/3 writers ?

  11. plz make it sooner the film as its been awhile since the first one was made i cant wait for them to come out but not other 2 years surely end of this yr to 2014 would be ideal i so want to watch them mind u i would love to be in the movie lol

  12. we are waiting for avatar 2,,,,, the oceans of Pandora ,,, it’s explicable for gesture

  13. Why would King of the world feel the need to make sequel of avatar back to back is beyond me.

    I think JC is getting old. He feels like he is running out of time and wants to make 2 films back to back. I always look for JC to blow you away w/ his new technology and movie. I bet avatar 3 if it comes year later of avatar 2 won’t be as spectacular as it should have been.

    What a shame.

    You know what else it really irks me? Becoming king of the world in box office made JC less adventurous.
    Where are movies like aliens 2 and true lies? Now he can only choose movies with widest appeal… Nothing specific genre… What a shame…

  14. Went new game yet

    • lol
      nice job guys its not out yet

  15. One of the avatar movies the humans should come back and try and take back What they lost