“Avatar” Sequels To Be An Epic Family Saga

James Cameron’s new documentary series “Story of Science Fiction” is slated to premiere next week on April 30th on AMC, and the filmmaker talked to the press the other day about the show and gave an update on the upcoming “Avatar” sequels currently in production.

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver all return while Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are joining the cast of the second and third films which are being shot back to back and began filming back in September.

We also know there’s several key young cast members in the sequel, which includes the Sully family and children from the Metkayina Na’vi clan who live near ocean reefs along with Jack Champion as Javier ‘Spider’ Socorro, a human teen born at the military complex seen in the first film.

Cameron says the sequel focus will be much more like a family drama and is aware that focus on parenting could either make the franchise sink or swim. He tells Coming Soon:

“So it’s The Godfather. Obviously a very different genre [and] a very different story, but I got intrigued by that idea, so that’s really what it is. It’s a generational family saga very different than the first film.

Now, it’s the same type of settings and the same sort of respect for that shock of the new that we want to show you things that not only that you haven’t seen, but you haven’t imagined. It’s a continuation of the same characters, but what happens when warriors, willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs on to the backs of big orange Toruks, grow up and have their own kids.

Now the kids are the change makers. It’s interesting. Everyone is either a parent or they had parents at the very least. If you look at the big successful franchises now they are pretty much uninterested in it. So this could be the seeds of utter damnation and doom for the project or could be the thing that makes it stand apart and continue to be unique.

Nobody knows until you make the movie and put it out. Anyone who thinks this is easy or they are just printing money over there at the Avatar studio, it doesn’t work that way.”

As part of the same interview Cameron says he’s tired of films about “hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process,” and says the new “Terminator” movie he’s producing will offer a “much more nuanced perspective now I think” in regards to its message of the dangers of artificial intelligence and technology.

“Avatar 2” is slated to open December 18th 2020, followed by “Avatar 3” on December 17th 2021.