Filmmaker James Cameron has offered more details on the several “Avatar” sequels currently in the works as part of a lengthy podcast interview with Empire magazine.
The second and third film in the series have been shot with post-production now underway on them. Discussing the filming, Cameron says the franchise will be an “emotional rollercoaster” with the characters set to go dark places with Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his marriage to Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) pushed to the breaking point due to a dispute which will be shot from a different perspective than most films:
“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.
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.”
Cameron also revealed that both Chris Evans and Channing Tatum were up for the Jake Sully role in the original 2009 film before Worthington ultimately nabbed it, and it was all due to his delivery of a rousing speech:
“Chris Evans, and Sam, and Channing Tatum. That was my choice. I really liked Channing’s appeal. I liked Chris’ appeal. They were both great guys. But Sam had a quality of voice and a quality of intensity.
Everybody did about the same on all the material through the script, except for the final speech where he stands up and says, ‘This is our land, ride now, go as fast as the wind can carry you.’ That whole thing. I would have followed him into battle. And I wouldn’t have followed the other guys. They’ve since gone onto fantastic careers and all that, but Sam was ready. He was ready.”
Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin also star in the four films opening December 18th 2020, December 17th 2021, December 20th 2024 and December 19th 2025.