One of the most memorable things of James Cameron’s sci-fi epic “Avatar” was Colonel Miles Quaritch, the villain of the piece memorably played with scene chewing glee by Stephen Lang.
Despite his character’s demise, Cameron made it clear a few years ago that not only is Quaritch coming back but he’ll serve as the villain for all four of the upcoming sequels. Lang says that in particular is one of the follow-up films’ most interesting points.
Lang spoke with Deadline about his return and apparently was told by Cameron he would be back for sequels – should they be greenlit – during the first film’s production:
“Jim indicated to me years ago, before filming on ‘Avatar’ was completed, that Quaritch had a future. I might have taken that with a grain of salt at the time because we’d had a few beers. Shortly after ‘Avatar’ opened Jim mentioned again that the Colonel was coming back, and by then I knew Jim well enough to know that he means what he says and he says what he means.”
The comments come as Cameron has spoken with USA Today about the 2009 film’s tenth anniversary this year and says it’s “a certainty” that with a cinematic re-release that “Avatar” would take back the global box-office crown it held until earlier this year when “Avengers: Endgame” finally beat it and grossed $2.79 billion globally.
Cameron wants to make it clear he has no ill will towards ‘Endgame,’ and added that he “really enjoyed” it. He then says: “I don’t want to sound snarky after I took the high road [by congratulating Endgame]. But they beat us by one quarter of a percent. I did the math in my head while driving in this morning. I think accountants call that a rounding error.”
He also sees the success of ‘Endgame’ as a “really good sign” that the theatergoing experience is still alive and well and that it’s “still possible” for a film like a new “Avatar” could achieve the same box-office levels as its predecessor.
Lang joins fellow returnees Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver along with new to the franchise Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement, and Oona Chaplin among others in the Cameron directed sequels.
“Avatar 2” opens December 17th 2021 with each other sequel coming every two years.