Naysayers gonna Naysay, but no matter what your thoughts on James Cameron’s Avatar were – there’s no doubting that it was a HUGE success at the box office. This obviously sent many a Hollywood fat cat into multiple fits of ecstacy and now three (not one, not two… count ‘em!) big budget sequels have been greenlit. Who else could have pulled that off but the man himself, that derring doer, JAMES CAMERON! This guy is possibly the only director alive who has the clout to secure an advance green light for three big-budget space-bound sci-fi sequels.
While the first film took 14 years between conception and realization as James Cameron waited for the technology to catch up with his vision, the director is moving forward with Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 all at once. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are returning to Pandora along with the megalomaniacal villain Col. Quaritch, played by Stephen Lang. Also joining the blue crew is Cameron’s Aliens star Sigourney Weaver. Wait.. didn’t Weaver and Lang die in the last one? Sounds like they’re trying to pull a Coulson here.
Here’s what Sigourney Weaver had to say about the upcoming trilogy:
“It’s going to be an adventure! It will be awesome. I can’t even imagine what I am taking on — and what James Cameron is taking on — with filming three ‘Avatars’ at once, but … Peter Jackson did it with the ‘Hobbit’ films, so we have that to look to.”
The big question, of course, is how Grace can return at all. After being mortally wounded, Worthington’s Sully and Saldana’s Neytiri attempted to save her by transferring her consciousness into that of her avatar. Grace doesn’t survive, but apparently has a spiritual experience and confirms the existence of an overall conscious entity within the planet itself.
Weaver hinted that Grace undergoes more than one transformation over the course of the next three films, saying: “It will be challenging for me. I can’t talk about it, but my part is a little different in each one. I’ll transform somewhat. We’ll have to talk again when I survive this. For now, I’m going to skittle around and enjoy this leisure time.”
While Cameron has stated that the scripts for the sequels are almost complete, we still don’t know much more about the plot details beyond Avatar 2 being set in Pandora’s oceans. Weaver’s comments do seem to confirm that the sequels will being shooting this fall, as well as echoing Cameron’s assertion that Avatar 2 & 3 will complete the over-arcing trilogy he had in mind.
If the fourth film indeed ends up being a prequel to the first film, will Weaver be involved in some way? If so, would the story of Grace’s initial exploration of the Na’vi culture count as one transformation? Anyways, if trance parties and Pochahontas are your thing then stay tuned as more news about the planned trilogy come to light.
Avatar 2 is expected to reach theaters in December 2016, followed by Avatar 3 in 2017 and Avatar 4 in 2018.
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