James Cameron Compares 'Avatar' Sequels to 'The Godfather' Trilogy
We already know that we're getting three sequels to follow the 2009 blockbuster giant Avatar from director James Cameron. A press release from 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment confirms all of the sequels will shoot in New Zealand, just like Peter Jackson's trilogies for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Now Cameron has talked about the new series of films with The Associated Press and revealed some vague details. The most revealing quote descibes how the story will expand around Jake Sully. Cameron says the sequels will "spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It's really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like The Godfather."
As for how the sequels will expand the universe in which the films exists, Cameron says:
"It's going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We're blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it."
As for the rumor that most of the second film will be set underwater, Cameron clears things up:
"There's a fair bit of underwater stuff. It's been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That's not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films."
And that's all we know for now. The films are slated to start shooting next fall, and they will be released consecutively in December each year starting in 2016. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will reprise their leading roles, and Stephen Lang is also a part of all three sequels despite seemingly dying in the first film. We'll be interested to see how audiences turn out for the first Avatar sequel when it arrives seven years after the first film hit the big screen in 2009. We assume the audience can only get bigger, but we'll see.