James Cameron Compares His 'Avatar' Sequels to 'The Godfather'

James Cameron Compares His 'Avatar' Sequels to 'The Godfather'

Dec 16, 2013

James CameronDirector James Cameron is still hard at work prepping for his series of Avatar sequels, and much of what he’s been doing has been shrouded in secrecy, but Cameron has finally revealed a few nuggets about what fans can expect when the three sequels do hit theaters eventually (seriously – it could be another 10 years at this rate).

The director spoke to the Associated Press recently, where he opened up about what will be happening on Pandora in his upcoming films. The answer might surprise you.

“[The first film] was very Jake-centric. His story seen through his eyes. 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.”

Does this mean the Na’vi are gonna be pulling hits on each other? Is someone gonna wake up with an Ikran head in their bed? Maybe some Na’vi are gonna be wearing a pair of cement shoes if Cameron’s following quote on the setting pans out.

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.”

So, what can we assume based on this new knowledge? Well, for starters, it seems pretty obvious that even though the whole film isn’t set under the sea, it will still provide plenty of opportunities for noted environmentalist Cameron to add social commentary about the importance of oceans here on Earth.

More interesting is the idea of the family saga. Cameron is making three more Avatar films – but if they succeed like the original (which is the highest grossing film in history), he also appears to be laying the groundwork for even more installments down the road. Setting up an extended family means there could be all sorts of spinoffs in the future – perhaps even films that are directed by guys other than Cameron. It almost feels like he’s setting the Avatar universe up like Lucas’ Star Wars. The following quote would seemingly indicate that’s where his thinking is:

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."

That could just be Cameron thinking about his three upcoming sequels, but it reads like he’s thinking bigger. Of course, before we start talking about spin-offs and extended universes, we have to wait and see how the second, third and fourth films in the franchise do. That being said, are you excited about a return trip to Pandora or are you just tired of waiting for these sequels?

[via Bleeding Cool]

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