James Cameron Talks AVATAR Sequels; Says They Will Be a Family Saga Like THE GODFATHER

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Last night, we reported that James Cameron would shoot all three Avatar sequels over the course of nine months in New Zealand.  Today, he’s provided some new information about the plot for the upcoming trilogy.  Story details have been scarce, especially since the sequels were expanded to three movies as opposed to just two.  When it was just Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, the sequels were reportedly about wrapping up the relationship between Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).  While that may still be part of the plan even with another film in the mix, Cameron has revealed some lofty aspirations for how he plans to explore Pandora and expand Jake’s story.

Hit the jump for more.  Filming is expected to begin in October 2014.  The Avatar sequels will come out at the pace of one film every December starting in December 2016.

james-cameron-avatar-sequelsWhile the structure and possible plots for the sequels has fluctuated over the years, Cameron has always planned to go underwater.  Speaking to the AP, Cameron clarified the role ocean life would play in the upcoming movies:

“There’s a fair bit of underwater stuff. It’s been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That’s not true,” he said. “There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.”

The new films will go beyond the oceans and will explore the rest of the Pandora.  At one point, Cameron was even considering a venture into other parts of the solar system, but decided there was enough diversity on Pandora to fill out the trilogy.  “I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come,” says Cameron.  Considering that I actually got a “Guide to the Flora and Fauna” book when I went to the press screening of the first movie, I know Cameron isn’t exaggerating.

But the most ambitious part of Cameron’s plan isn’t the design of Pandora, but where he’s going to take Jake’s story:

“We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It’s really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like ‘The Godfather.’”

I assume this means there will be a gigantic action sequence based around a toll booth.

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  • The Flobbit

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the first and last time that Avatar will ever be compared to The Godfather.

    • Nero San

      He’s going to make you a movie you can’t refuse.

      • The Flobbit

        *gestures with hands* Well if he amesses it up, he willa sleep with the fishes, I swear!

      • Sweet Pea

        Stereotyping Italians, nice. Do something similar with a story about black Africans and see where it gets you… Sly racism, nothing worse.

      • Will Z.

        Or maybe it’s a reference to The Godfather and not racist at all?

      • Sweet Pea

        Yeah cause they all talk like Luigi from the Mario Bros in The Godfather. Gosh, racists defending racists, crazy.

      • FUCKROBFORD

        Awww did you need a tampon honey?

      • ssshhhh

        All of you shit talking wankers are sitting here trying to advertise your nothing one-liners are going ot be watching the movie hence how you clicked on this news update …so shush.

        you are all sitting on yer comoputer doing nothing of importance other than rubbing yerself …so stop bashing cameron as he has made a wonderful career for himself and will continue to take yer money while he gives you something to do with yer bored lives.

        none of you are funny…but i feel bad for you if you REALLY get this into shit talking a man who had made the cinematic acheivements as cameron has

      • ssshhhh

        All of you shit talking wankers are sitting here trying to advertise your nothing one-liners are going ot be watching the movie hence how you clicked on this news update …so shush.

        you are all sitting on yer comoputer doing nothing of importance other than rubbing yerself …so stop bashing cameron as he has made a wonderful career for himself and will continue to take yer money while he gives you something to do with yer bored lives.

        none of you are funny…but i feel bad for you if you REALLY get this into shit talking a man who had made the cinematic acheivements as cameron has

      • Sweet Pea

        Cameron always delivers.

      • Sweet Pea

        Ummm nope, do you? Thanks for the offer tho. Strange guy.

      • mattinacan

        you win most retarded comment of the day!

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      Someone will end up with a hexapede head in his bed.

  • Steven Ray Morris

    viva la blue men!

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  • axalon

    James, please return to the Terminator franchise. Please!

    • lordjim

      the terminator “franchise” is dead (i only count the first two movies anyway), but i´d pay to see true lies 2.

      • GunzOfNavarone

        I wouldn’t, after seeing Arnie in action on The Last Stand, I realised his action days are far behind him. I think Michael Caine was more of a badass in Harry Brown.

      • lordjim

        michael caine is a badass for sure, but harry brown was not a comedy like the last stand – and the moment when schwarzenegger started to shoot a machinegun from inside the schoolbus i knew again why he did become a star in the first place, so i don´t see your point.

  • James

    I assume this means there will be a gigantic action sequence based around a toll booth.

    Laughed so hard…. wait no I didn’t.

  • Zaungast

    SMURF MAFIA IN SPACE!

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    I thought it was physically impossible to be up one’s own ass, but Mr. Cameron proves otherwise.

    • Sweet Pea

      You need an anatomy lesson homes. It’s physically incredibly easy for almost everyone to be up their own ass in some respect.

  • jay

    i hope the poster is the same as the godfather with a blue navi marlon brando lookalike in a tuxedo.

  • Lance

    Does that mean the movies won’t all be about Jake, but maybe some focus on his kids?

    Is there going to be a unifying thread to these movies? Or maybe each is just a separate adventure, and they don’t link up except they all take place on Pandora?

  • jk

    “James Cameron doesn’t do what James Cameron does for James Cameron… James Cameron does what James Cameron does because he is James Cameron.”

  • Steeeve

    I know it’s fashionable to be skeptical of Cameron’s artistic intentions, but this could actually be interesting if the aspect of The Godfather that he’s stealing from is its tragic nature of hubris. The first move was (rightly) criticized for Sully being this infallible hero with no shades of complexity … if Cameron can make him more of a tragic figure rather than everything he touches turning to gold, that could deepen the story.

  • thinker365

    Jake’s family? I know his essence went into the Na’vi avatar, but the avatars are supposed to be able to reproduce too? I’m confused…

    • Sweet Pea

      He is a full blown Na’vi now. With the Na’vi manjunk to go with it, so of course he’s knocking her up, if he’s a true Na’vi raggamuffin then when we rejoin them in 2016 he could have 17 blue kids by 9 different Na’vi babymoms.

  • NMphotog

    “I know it was you, Greedo. You broke my heart.”

  • NMphotog

    “I know it was you, Greedo. You broke my heart.”

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