Originally planned as two sequels before ultimately expanding to four, James Cameron’s “Avatar” follow-ups are slated to begin filming shortly.
Questions have been asked as to why in the world they’re doing four more films. Speaking with EW this week, actress Sigourney Weaver explains that there’s a good reason for it and it ties to their important social messages:
“There’s a very good reason why it turned out to be four sequels. Having read all four of them, I think they’re absolutely extraordinary and worth the wait. These films are very much about the peril of this beautiful planet, and [James Cameron] is continuing the same themes of greed and callousness of the corporations and plight of the indigenous people. At this point after a long and very satisfying career – I can’t believe it’s been forty years, but anyway – I’m very excited to be able to work on these four stories. I can really, really appreciate it.”
Pre-production has been underway in New Zealand since April, with filming to officially begin on September 25th. The second and third films will shoot simultaneously, with the fourth and fifth to be done shortly after:
“It’s the most ambitious project by far I’ve ever been involved in, and the most moving, the most astonishing, beautiful. I think all of us who get to be a part of it is just in awe when we see the artwork. It’s just incredible to be living now when we can bring this kind of film experience to the public. Because I think as much as ‘Avatar’ changed what people want in a film experience, this goes a hundred times farther.”
Other returnees include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore and Stephen Lang, while Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are joining them. The films begin a rollout with the first sequel arriving on December 18th 2020.