James Cameron Talks ‘Avatar 2′ & Sigourney Weaver’s Return

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James Cameron recently opened up a bit about Avatar 2 while on hand to receive his  “Breakthrough Award” from Popular Mechanics, in honor of his achievements in film technology.

Sigourney Weaver was the one who actually introduced Cameron for his award, so naturally, the Avatar 2 talk ventured into the area of Weaver’s character, Dr. Grace Augustine, and her rumored return for the sequel [Spoiler Alert]… despite the fact that her character seemingly died in the first installment.

In the forthcoming quotes, Cameron tries to play coy about Dr. Augustine’s return in Avatar 2 - a tactic which is totally undermined by the fact that Weaver herself said in another interview that she knows the stories for both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, and that she would indeed be back. Check out the old quote from Weaver below:

“Don’t worry, I will be back. [James Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction. He’s told me the stories for the next two movies and I have to say that they’re absolutely wonderful and there’s a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them.”

Keep that in mind as you read through what Cameron now had to say to Vulture:

Did I say she was going to be in Avatar 2? [Grins.]…Well, I don’t want to disabuse her of that fantasy. But have you ever heard of nonlinear storytelling? A lot happens on that planet before she shows up, and before Jake shows up to join her. She’s there for fifteen years ahead of time. I don’t know, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions. And I’ve already said way too much about Avatar 2 and 3 here and there, but people piece it together like those voice cameos and tell the whole story!…When you have a science-fiction series, a science-fiction franchise, you’re never dead, unless your DNA is expunged from the universe. And then there’s always time travel!

Notice how that ‘you’re never dead in sci-fi’ idea is echoed in both quotes? Interesting coincidence, or PR slip-up? You decide.

Cameron didn’t just talk about Dr. Augustine – he also touched on broader and more interesting topics such as where the Avatar sequels fit in Cameron’s busy schedule, what 3D tech he’ll develop for them, and the future of the Avatar brand beyond the films. Check out those quotes in the full interview over at Vulture.

In regards to Sigourney Weaver returning for more Avatar: as Cameron said, there are indeed such things as non-linear storytelling (flashbacks), and this is Pandora we’re talking about – a place where no spiritually-sound being really dies, so much as they move on to join “Eywa.” And, as indicated by the very title – in the world of these films, a body is only temporary in face of an enduring spirit. There are many ways that Grace could be brought back that wouldn’t be nearly as problematic as, say, Angelina Jolie’s character returning from the dead in Wanted 2 (a plot point that has thankfully been abandoned).

Avatar 2 is slated for release sometime in December of 2014; Avatar 3 would follow a year later.

Source: Vulture


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  1. Meh…
    I’m kinda interested in seeing Avatar 2, but I don’t really get the hype.
    The 3D was revolutionary and it was (visually) amazing, but as far as the story and plot go… it was above average.

    I’ve noticed that people are comparing Avatar to Star Wars and other movies like that a lot: IMO, Avatar can’t come near franchises like Star Wars.

    • I would say that the story never even reaches ‘above average’ and is just average. Avatar 2? Meh, not really interested.

    • I would say that Avatar was more about the 3D spectacle than the story. If you didn’t see it on the big screen in 3D, you really missed out.

      • I think your right I saw it on DVD and didn’t like it.

        • But on BluRay it is still amazing without 3D IMO.

      • completely true.

      • @ John

        I know i missed out. Didn’t think it would a film id enjoy watching over again but i rented it on dvd & enjoyed it more than i thought. Wished i saw in in theaters though but atleast i’ll see the sequels. It will be awesome if Cameron brought back Michelle Rodrieguiz maybe as a twin sister as someone suggested before because i enjoyed her performance aswell as Weaver’s & Worthington’s. I really enjoyed Stephen Lang’s character so i hope somehow he comes back in one of the sequels.

        • Whenever there is light (Eywah), there can be darkness. Rodriguez and Weaver can be brought back through the Light, and Lang can be brought back through the Darkness. Of course, many will associate this with Star Wars, so I doubt they would do something like this.

    • agreed.

    • you ever seen avatar……ON WEED?!?!?!

  2. She was downloaded into the tree. She’s bound to act as the Obi Wan’s ghost character for #2 and #3

  3. I believe the concepts presented in Avatar added a mythology that is worthy of comparison to “the force” in Star Wars. Star Wars A New Hope was a very simple story in and of itself, but that by no means disqualified it from being great.

    • Definitly not. Don’t EVER compare them again.

      • Agreed. Do not ever compare them again. Very simple story? A farmer orphan buys some droids, meets a swashbuckling good-guy pirate, begins training to learn an ancient Knights’ fighting style, saves a princess, and then becomes rebellion pilot who destroys the imperial forces’ planet eliminating satellite without using any targeting gear? You call that a simple story. That is a story that needs a lot of little important details to make sense.

        • Basic plot of Star Wars: peasant farm boy is led by a older mentor to defeat evil. Yep pretty simple. Also, you could compare films to films anyday a see repeating themes. Avatar=Star Wars. By the way, the equal sign represents value not concepts.

          • Star Wars was a simple story, there were plot twists that were mentioned but not explored until later in the series. When it got complex with the later trilogy is when it went bad.
            simple good vs. evil, spirit > technology. A very good story tied it all together with characters you could care about.

  4. I really enjoyed Avatar, yes, the story was simple but sometimes less is more. I look forward to the return of Weaver and hopefully Lang. I predict Michael Beahn will make an appearance in at least one of the sequels.

  5. Weaver in Avatar2? How about…no?

    • Haha

    • If the Doctor ‘s in the movie, I might actually go watch it on opening day! :D

    • Doctor who?


      Precisely what?

      Doctor Who.

      That’s what I’m asking! Doctor who?!

      There you go.

      You know, you’re really getting on my nerves!


  6. It pains me to say it because I’ve always liked Weaver but her performance in Avatar was terrible. Every line felt forced and flat. Actually it’s not fair to just call her out like that because IMO every performance was bad. So maybe the blame should go to Cameron. I know people will think why would I read a story and comment on a movie I thought was terrible. It’s because I badly wanted to love this film. I worshiped Cameron growing up and was so excited to see his 1st film in over a decade. But after the buzz of the amazing 3D wore off and I started to think about it I realized that i really didn’t like the film at all. I’ve tried to watch it at least 5 times since it hit Blu-ray and then HBO but without 3D I don’t make it past the 1st hour.

  7. avatar = pocahontas. end of story.

    • i can’t help but laugh at how rigidly dogmatic people like you are. so hahahaha!

    • FernGully!! IN SPAAAAACE

      • nice :))

  8. So if everyone is saying that Avatar was a rather uninteresting/poor story, I personally found it to be to preachy. How on earth did it make its way to number one film of all time? Surely it wasn’t just because it was in 3D, right?

    • Well, a big movie like that being released in Winter time with no other competition… Hey, people had a lot of time on their hands.

  9. I enjoyed Avatar and am interested in seeing how the second one turns out. Just like how people claim they don’t understand why people like it, i don’t understand why people can’t just get over it. It’s just a movie…

    • @ Doug

      Same here. I can’t really explain why i like it,i just get into it. Even thought about buying the extended cut because of some scenes i read about that were cut such as what’s her name younger Avatar sister & others came to Dr. Augustine’s school for refuge after attacking those big dozers & the marines came for them and shot them dead. Sully later finds out about that. Like TDK, Avatar is another film i don’t watch repeatly over & over after i bought them. I agree with ya, it’s just a movie.

  10. From what James Cameron said it seemed like he (maybe) hinted at prequel territory (like the Paranormal Activity films). I hope not, but I could deal with it…

  11. Three words:

    Red. Letter. Media.

  12. I loved “Avatar” and thought the story, though simple, was beautifully portrayed. I’m looking forward to the next in the series and am quite curious how Weaver’s character might be brought back…

  13. i remember watching it and after the tree was destoyed looked at my watch and realised there was still an hour to go… i was not happy, i then came out of the theatre calling it a mix of the matrix, Jurassic park, pochahontas and not in a good way, in fact i don’t remember being that impressed by the 3D either, after all the build up it was a very “meh” experience

  14. Who care’s about 3D, i personally think it’s the dumbest thing in film, blu ray sure, high def, that stuff is awsome, but 3D, film-makers need to stop that crap and go back to making movies without 3D. it has nothing to do with the actual movie. as far as avatar goes, that entire movie was kinda crappy, it had so much hype and really it was just a long craptastic movie.

  15. What’s wrong today is people have no immagination! The idea of life that could be joined with humans through an Avatar is Awesome! And awe inspiring. Would you do it if you had the chance? I WOULD. The whole cast was perfect. I really hated the colonel and all the military (except Trudy) who thought they could go to someone else’s planet and take whatever they wanted and kill the indigenous people if they got in the way. It fits right in to today’s thinking. Be it oil or minerals, such as gold or diamonds. Or even what you have in your home or the copper wire in a church! I believe this movie was just too subtle for the mental accuity of today. I do agree that it didn’t need 3D. But I anxiously await for the 2, 3, or more installments.

  16. Avatar has a very in depth story and created a whole new world to be explored.. The people who didn’t like it just didnt get it. Star Wars is way to overrated and has a simple story line.. It always has.. It just got covered up by light sticks and invisible powers.

  17. Iv seen this film at least 50 times, twice in 3D in cinema. I would never compare this film to star wars or star trek or anything of the like because this is my favorite movie iv ever had the privilege to lay my eyes upon. *andrewishochi – iv seen it on weed, but this is nothin, this film cannot truly be appreciated unless you have seen it while on shrooms (FACT!)

    • Really?,… Shrooms? Get a life! I felt the beauty and wonderment when Jake was struck by the awe of being surrounded by bioluminescence as Neytiri extinguished his torch after saving his life. I wasn’t on anything. But the spectacle was amazing.