By the time the second installment of James Cameron‘s AVATAR saga hit theaters, it will have been over a decade since the release of the first film. Although that first film still stands as the highest-grossing film of all time with $2.7 billion worldwide, there’s no guarentee that audiences will be just as ravenous for more, but James Cameron is obviously betting that they will as he has four AVATAR sequels in the works. I’m not about to bet against James Cameron, but I’d be keeping those fingers crossed just in case.
Last November, a leak emerged which may have revealed the titles of the four AVATAR sequels. In case you don’t remember, here they are:
- AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
- AVATAR: THE SEED BEARER
- AVATAR: THE TULKUN RIDER
- AVATAR: THE QUEST FOR EYWA
While speaking with Entertainment Tonight on the red-carpet for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, James Cameron was asked if there was any legitimacy to the rumoured titles. Cameron at first said that he could neither confirm nor deny anything, but when pressed, admitted that “Those titles are amongst titles that were in consideration and no final decisions have been made yet.” So there you have it, these (or some) could very well be the titles of the AVATAR sequels, but until something official is announced, the sequels shall be title-less for now. That’s not the only AVATAR news out there today as it was also announced that Edie Falco (The Sopranos) will be joining the AVATAR cast as General Ardmore, the Commander in charge of the Resources Development Administration’s interests throughout the sequels.
James Cameron has said that the four AVATAR sequels will be a “generational family saga” which will be very different from the first film. “In terms of the storytelling, I found myself — not for any reasons of the zeitgeist or what was popular — but I found myself, as a father of five, starting to think about, ‘What would an “Avatar” story be like if it was a family drama? If it was “The Godfather?” Obviously, a very different genre, very different story, but I got intrigued by that idea,” Cameron said. “What happens 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.” Even though the AVATAR franchise has been absent from the big-screen for some time, Sigourney Weaver, who will be returning as a new character across the four sequels, is confident that the new films will still manage to change the cinema experience.
I think that because the water becomes another world. The scripts are amazing, and in the first one, which I love, I think he hadn’t set up a lot of things. In this one he got to tell this very personal story. They’re amazing. There’s a message to not sacrifice everything for greed and conquest. It will take all four movies to really make that message loud and clear for the whole world.
AVATAR 2 is slated for a December 18, 2020 release, with the sequels potentially following on December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024, and December 19, 2025.