With four “Avatar” sequels in the works and slated for release over the next seven years, the franchise’s creator James Cameron has finally opened up a little regarding what the sequels will be about. In a new interview with Variety, Cameron says the new films will turn the franchise into a family saga:
“The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”
Previously rumors suggested Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) would marry Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and become the new chief of the tribe, with the story partly following the struggle of the war with the humans which threatens to tear their family apart. Those rumors how sound quite right.
“Avatar 2” remains scheduled to hit cinemas in Christmas 2018, but Cameron says that could change as the important thing is once the first one is locked, the rest have to follow at a regular interval:
“We haven’t moved that target yet, but we will if we need to. The important thing for me is not when the first one comes out but the cadence of the release pattern. I want them to be released as close together as possible. If it’s an annual appointment to show up at Christmas, I want to make sure that we’re able to fulfil on that promise.”
Cameron’s interview is part of his promotion of Cirque du Soleil’s stadium show “Toruk: The First Flight” and he says thematically the show has ties to the “Avatar” follow-up as:
“[Toruk] manages to land very very closely to the feeling of where the sequel stories are going… some of the costumes and hairstyles [might] create a resonance [so] you actually see some of the things that you see in Toruk come into the design of the films.
There’s a tendency sometimes to go a little beyond the spiritual mysticism in the movie into actual magic. They [the show] can’t have any actual magic, because it’s not a universe that allows for true magic. But it definitely exists in a kind of a mystical, spiritual realm. The films do, and the show definitely does as well. It was that kind of creative conversation”
Should it stick to schedule, the subsequent “Avatar 3” would open Christmas 2020, with two more films in 2022 and 2023 respectively.