James Cameron Confirms Avatar 2

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avatar 2 confirmed James Cameron Confirms Avatar 2

A reader of Ain’t It Cool News attended a press screening of the latest billion dollar film Avatar and sent in an e-mail with a quote that should get fans of James Cameron’s latest work excited.

Before Avatar debuted to critical praise and record-breaking numbers, producer Jon Landau said if the public likes Avatar, there could be a sequel and hinted that the it could explore the interior of Pandora. That was back in September and since we now know the public response to the 3D epic, a sequel is inevitable.

We still don’t know what an Avatar 2 could be about but more recently, James Cameron revealed in an interview that he has ideas plotted out for two sequels and that he envisioned the entire story as a trilogy. Instead of Landau’s idea of the interior, Cameron hinted that we may get to see the other moons around the planet of “Polyphemus” and the mysteries they hold.

Getting back to the main news item here, the screening that the submitter attending came was followed by a Q&A session with Cameron and two of the crew members from the film.

Here’s a snippet from the e-mail AICN posted:

I just saw a Variety Screening Series showing of Avatar at the Arclight theater in Hollywood tonight, followed with a Q&A with James Cameron and two of his visual effects artists. One of the artists mentioned that they’ll never again do this for the first time, meaning that everything they did in the making of Avatar was just a lot of instinctive grasping in the dark. Cameron agreed with him. He also told him to expect the studio to want another one, as they’d passed the billion $ mark. A second film will be easier, as the technology now exists, thanks to the movie. The moderator asked if there *would* be an Avatar sequel. To which Cameron answered that the plan had always been to make a trilogy of films. Finally, Cameron actually said it: “Yes, there’ll be another.”

The important part is the quote at the end where Cameron finally says what everyone has been expecting and speculating since before the film even released. It’s not an official Fox announcement, but if Cameron says it, it must be true. Two billion dollar films on his resume allows him to do whatever he wishes. Oh, and if you haven’t heard, as of today Avatar is the #2 all-time grossing film.

Obviously Fox will want to take advantage of the heavy investment in time and money put into Cameron’s lengthy project and it’s a no-brainer that a film which banks a billion dollars in 17 days will need to get a sequel. With the technology, experience, 3D models and the in-depth development and research into the details of the lush world of Pandora already done, an Avatar sequel will be significantly easier and less costly to produce… Assuming it takes place on Pandora.

The question remains as to whether or not Cameron will again direct; Will he take the reins once again to have full control over the creation of his ideas for the two sequels or will he produce and work on his other projects while another director is brought in?

I’d like to see what Cameron’s idea of Earth in the year 2154 is like and seeing other worlds also intrigues me. What would you like from Avatar 2?

Avatar was an epic success. Can the sequels perform as well?

Source: AICN

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  1. yeah i would like to see another avatar movie cause another is just gonna be awesome…and let this sequel be better than the first one ….i would hate it if it becomes another dead man’s chest movie which is a forced sequel

  2. As epic as T2 I hope!! Great news!!

  3. Well….there are plenty of other famous stories and fables James can rip of just like he did Pocahontas.

  4. It’s funny, people accused him of stealing someone else’s story when he released The Terminator. So if this sequel is as good as the sequel to that, I don’t think I would be complaining… 😀

  5. Oh, but you know what I find a little baffling? If this was such a direct copy, how come everyone has a different idea of what this is a copy of? Is it that it copied them all? Or are they all copies of each other? How does that work?

  6. @ Rob
    If your curious to see some of Cameron’s earth in 2154 you can get the Avatar Activist Survival Guide. Awesome book, pretty much everything you would want to know about the Avatar universe.
    Here’s an excerpt from the section about earth.
    “There are no national parks left, as you know, only file-cabinet, lock-box housing, and protein farms. Our once blue-green and beauteous Earth is now a terminal cesspool-an oozing wound cut deep into the face of the universe. Dollar for dollar we’ve bought our own extinction. Unfettered both by regulations and by gravity, the RDA started by taking control of the sky. Hundreds of orbiting factories on the Earth, its’ moon and Mars. Those factories started raining toxins down on Earth from above. Yes, a continual downpour of poisons… on you.”

    No wonder they went to Pandora hey?

  7. I’m kind of hoping (against hope) somone else does Avatar 2 and Cambo does something smaller in the style of Aliens or Terminator in 2d.

  8. I thought “Avatar” was great as a stand alone film and didn’t need a sequel, but seeing that were getting one anyway, I’ll still be looking forward to it.

  9. is it me or was terminator 2 pretty much #1 but arnies roles switch and a new bad guy? think about it most of the scenes where the same as the first – come with me if you want to live, arnie going through glass, truck chase etc

    i hope he changes his mind and doesnt make a sequel, it should be a stand alone, just goes to show that the people of hollywood are money hungry apes

  10. I am very curious about the way it would go. Do you keep the same characters? Now that Jake is a full time Na’vi will there still be some avatar?

  11. We are a all Avatar band. Our music speaks for itself. We will be positioning ourselves to write soundtracks for Avatar 2.

  12. “Well….there are plenty of other famous stories and fables James can rip of just like he did Pocahontas.”

    ain’t that the truth. what happened to Cameron’s great storytelling?

    anyway, meh… I could care less about a sequel for Avatar. He should scrap that idea and get on with Battle Angel Alita.

  13. There’s the answer to the (its a simple story pov). It was an origins film. I don’t remember “Dances With Wolves” being the first of a trilogy? Lol.
    Ha very true, Jwalka. T2 follows practically the same screenplay of Terminator.

    In a way Avatar could also live in the same timeline/reality of Aliens. As both films depict a future where mankind has allowed corporations to plunder Earth to the point of extreme.

    Face huggers have evolved into tree huggers? :-)

  14. I wish people would stop feeling the need to find political themes and stereotypes in every frickin’ movie that gets made. I mean, if a guy looked hard enough, you could find something political about ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. But would that make the film any more or less enjoyable or appealing? I doubt it.

    I challenge you, Vic, to encourage people to just enjoy the beauty of film without getting wrapped up in themes and bias. Scratch people that spout that crap on your posting boards, and let people just critique films for things like plot, and characters, and special effects.

    I’m so sickened by partisan politics nowadays, that I come here to escape that crap. I refuse to even vote any more. I enjoy this site a lot. Please don’t forcefeed me that nonsense when all I want to talk about is film.

    Just a thought. For what it’s worth.

  15. Cameron has to write, direct and produce. Otherwise it won’t be as incredible as this Avatar was…

  16. @joeslankas

    Believe me, the comments here are moderated probably more than any other movie news site out there. I don’t tolerate foul language (although my job would get a lot easier if I allowed sh*t to be used here) or personal attacks. If arguments get too heated, off topic or just generally out of hand I step in as well. But that’s about it – if a bit of politics creeps in due to the content of a film I’m OK with that as long as it stays civil and on topic.

    Best regards,


  17. I think the political bent in Texas Chainsaw Massacre was the right to own chainsaws. Because its not the chainsaw that kills its the person using the chainsaw that kills.
    Good point there skankas…

  18. LMAO @790. 😀


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  20. Oh god. I sure hope Cameron would direct. I’m psyched for a sequel, but Cameron has gotta direct it! If people haven’t noticed, James Cameron franchises only get worse after he’s left.

  21. I say explore the interior of Pandora or head to one of the other moons. We get too many post apocalyptic Earths on the silver screen these days. I wouldn’t mind a sequel showing what our planet has become but don’t make it a significant part of the movie. Maybe one of the human character’s flashbacks or something.

    Oh and I sure hope he doesn’t kill off Sully or Neytiri. I’m not sure why people think movies are so much better when the main characters die at the end? Sometimes it’s refreshing to have different endings, sure. But then again, all the main characters in The Lord of the Rings trilogy survived, and last I checked those were pretty good movies!


  22. I like some of the incredibly subtle political remarks. 😉
    (especially when using a simple benign word like tree hugger and someone goes nuts to the wall ape sh*t, lol)

    On topic, the only way a sequel will work artistically (forgettabout da money), is if Cameron has complete control over the direction and content. Otherwise we’ll have nothing more than, as someone else pointed out, a “forced attempt” and ultimately an experience of much less quality than the original.

  23. @ Intellio, i completely agree with you, if Cameron doesn’t direct it, i don’t think it would be worth watching, let alone quality match.

  24. I watched it again the other night, annoyingly, it has grown on me a little bit. Yeah I would be up for a sequel, bit more story and characterisation, but in general I wouldnt mind another tour of Pandora.
    There are endless oppurtunities for storylines.

  25. @ Bane

    None of the heroes die at the end of Star Wars either.

  26. i already said it previous posts, i knew this movie was goin to be big, i know james cameron doesn’t make bad movies, i did not think it would be this big, but there were alot of sceptics out there before. To all of them… i told you so…

  27. @Kale

    I was the biggest sceptic, and I accept it was a good movie. But I have seen many that are better, at no point did I feel the same elation that I felt watching Star Trek or the awesomeness of District 9, but Avatar wasnt bad at all.

    So yes I concede, it wasnt half as bad as I used to think. Im big enough to admit when I am wrong.

  28. AVATAR 2 will be set on another moon in Pandora’s system.

    This is what my story for it would be.

    I would have an incoming shuttle from earth after being told to keep away from pandora going to mine on another moon(one they had done a fly by survey that found small amounts of the mineral they are after but not enough for fullscale mining). This moon is quite barren.

    They set up a base and start mining then are attacked by a race of 8 ft humanoids with some advanced technology, who capture most of the humans. A few escape and flee to Pandora where they enlist Jake and a few other Na’vi to help rescue the humans.

    We find out this race destroyed much of their world thousands of years before and most fled the moon. A few landed on Pandora and geneticaly engineered themselve to live on the moon and became Na’vi and engineered some of the beasts to serve them as mounts and the tree’s into eywa to keep them from destroying pandora. The rest fled to earth and became human( where we get legends of fallen angel’s, giants who mated with earth women etc. the bibles got to be good for something right)

    The Humans and Na’vi have to rescue the captives or this race will rediscover intersteller flight.

  29. Knowing Cameron’s love for the sea and all that dwells in it, I think we might see an underwater race of aliens in Avatar 2.

    Im working on a plot, will post it later.