One of the biggest successes of the last few years was James Cameron’s mega-hit Avatar which not only broke box office records, but revolutionized movie technology with the correct use of 3D. But the fun didn’t stop when we left the theaters and left behind the world of Pandora as Cameron is planning on taking us back there a few more times in his quadrilogy of Avatar movies.
Cameron talked recently with AP and dished some details on the plot for his upcoming Avatar sequels, which he’s planning on shooting in New Zealand.
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. … 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.
In addition to those hints about a broader world outside of Pandora, Cameron also mentioned that he’s modeling his quadrilogy of films after The Godfather trilogy which covered a family saga.
We 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.’
The films will begin shooting shortly with Avatar 2 tentatively scheduled for a 2016 release with the other two movies in the series coming over the next two years.