We have some new details about James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels, the filmmaker recently revealed some fresh details on what he is planning, the emotional stakes of the story, and the “dark places” the characters will go.
While talking to Empire Podcast, Cameron opened up about Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri and how their marriage will be pushed to the breaking point due to a conflict that they are having in Avatar 2. This fight is a great deal to the story and it will be seen through the eyes of their kids.
He also said:
“There’s a three-page argument scene between Jake and Neytiri, a marital dispute, very, very critical to the storyline. I wound up shooting it all from the point of view of the eight year old hiding under the structure and peeking in.”
This is just part of the passionate stakes that the characters will find themselves living through over the course of the next four sequels.
“Having gone through the experience with [Sam Worthington] on Avatar. I now knew how to write the Jake character going forward across the emotional rollercoaster of the next four movies. It’s been tough on him. He’s done two pictures back to back now, because we did 2 and 3 together. He had to go to some dark places.”
It seems like it will be very pretty dramatic. When previously talking about the film, Landau opened up about the setting for the sequels, saying:
“As we’ve moved on with the sequels to Avatar we made a very conscious decision to stage the whole four sequels on Pandora. We don’t need to go to another world if we want water, we’re going to go to the oceans of Pandora.
”It’s a continuation of the same characters, but what happen when warriors that are willing to go on suicide charges, and leap off cliffs on to the back of big orange toruks, what happens when they grow up and have their own kids? It becomes a very different story. Now the kids are the risk-takers and the change-makers. So, it’s interesting, but it makes sense to me. Everybody’s either a parent, or they had parents at the very least, and if you look at the big successful franchises now, they’re pretty much uninterested in that.”
It was also explained that there will be different clans of Na’vi all over Pandora:
“We’re going to go to totally different environments, we’re going to meet different cultures. Just like our planet is as diverse culturally as we are environmentally. We want to introduce people to different cultures. In the first movie, we only met the Omaticaya clan, and they are the clan here allowing us to come to the Valley of Mo’ara. But as we venture out we’re going to different environments and different clans.”
The Avatar sequels will also star Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Sigourney Weaver, and Kate Winslet. Avatar 2 opens December 18th, 2020; Avatar 3 on December 17th, 2021; Avatar 4 on December 20th, 2024; and Avatar 5 on December 19th, 2025.