Avatar director James Cameron says the leaked sequels titles are real – but could easily change. The original Avatar spent a long time in development, with Cameron waiting for technology to catch up with his futuristic version. The story found paraplegic marine Jake Sully brought to the planet Pandora, where his consciousness is transferred into an avatar Na’vi body so he can navigate the world and interact with others members of the Na’vi race. When the paramilitary force tries to wipe out the Na’vi, Jake defects to their side and leads them into battle.
The original Avatar pioneered new 3D and motion capture techniques and kicked off a wave of 3D blockbusters. Cameron has a long history of developing great sequels (Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Avatar’s ending teased more to come, but the filmmaker would spend the better part of a decade developing sequel concepts and new tech. There are four sequels planned, with potential titles being revealed last year; Avatar: The Way Of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest For Eywa.
The main cast of Avatar 2 and 3 recently wrapped filming, with a greenlight for parts 4 & 5 dependent on their success. Now in a new conversation with ET, Cameron has confirmed that while the leaked sequel titles are real, they’re not necessarily final.
I can neither confirm nor deny, All right, here’s what I’ll tell ya. Those titles are among titles that are in consideration. And no final decisions have been made yet.
The actual storyline for Avatar 2 has yet to be confirmed, though its known deceased character like Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quaritch and Sigourney Weaver’s Grace Augustine will return somehow. The movie will also contain underwater segments, which bears out its current subtitle The Way Of Water. According to Cameron’s quote, however, it seems the titles aren't exactly locked down yet, so they might all change by the time the sequels are released.
Aside from the Avatar sequels, Cameron is having a very busy year as writer and producer. He co-wrote and produced Alita: Battle Angel, which is coming out this month. Cameron spent 20 years developing Alita as a directing project for himself, but since his plate is full of Avatar movies, he handed it over to Robert Rodriguez. He’s also producing Tim Miller’s upcoming Terminator 6, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their iconic roles as the T-800 and Sarah Connor respectively. Should the film prove successful, two further sequels are already mapped out.
- Avatar 2 (2020) release date: Dec 18, 2020
- Avatar 3 (2021) release date: Dec 17, 2021
- Avatar 4 (2024) release date: Dec 20, 2024
- Avatar 5 (2025) release date: Dec 19, 2025