Mega-hit Avatar might just find itself with four sequels. The science-fiction epic could be back on our cinema screens for Avatar 2, 3, 4 AND 5 after director James Cameron unintentionally wrote enough material for four follow-up films…
Cinema-goers might have moved on, but since the 3D spectacular’s original release six years ago Cameron has dedicated his time to making nothing but Avatar advancements.
And, according to long-time collaborator composer James Horner, the director has now found himself with “four sequels, script-wise.”
“Right now, Jim has got four sequels, script-wise, and he’s trying to make it into three,” Horner told Hey U Guys. “That’s where his effort is going, right now, to keep it to three sequels.”
“Because he’s got so much going on. How do you keep it from expanding into yet a fourth movie? A fifth movie, I guess, total,” he says, adding that he reckons Cameron will “get that sorted out”, rather than actually begin production on Avatar 5.
Fans were originally expecting just two sequels to the hit film, but Cameron revealed back in 2013 that two “would not be enough” to tell the story. “In writing the new films, I’ve come to realise that Avatar’s world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated. It became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen,” he revealed.
When it comes to the sequels themselves, plot details are still scarce, though Horner does say “a lot of it will take place under water… I’ve seen some of the stuff and it’s stunning. All I can say is you’ve never seen that before.”
Set in 2154 when humans are running out of the Earth’s natural resources, the first Avatar – which still holds the title of the highest grossing movie of all time – follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a disabled former Marine. Jake is sent to the alien planet of Pandora to help the Resources Development Administration mine for a valuable mineral, operating in a specially grown avatar body because Pandora’s atmosphere is poisonous to humans.
While on Pandora, Jake becomes integrated into the native Na’vi society, falls in love with Na’vi Neytiri (played by Zoe Saldana) and changes allegiances, at the end becoming transferred permanently into his new body.
The three movies will be filmed at the same time in New Zealand, before being released in 2017, 2018 and 2019.