James Cameron is hard at work preparing to make not one, but two, sequels to his box-office crushing juggernaut Avatar. The director turned up on ABC’s Nightline recently and had much to say about the upcoming films – here are some of the highlights for those of you can’t wait to get back to Pandora.
While we all knew that the two new installments of the film would spend time focusing on Pandora’s oceans, it appears that the water on the planet will actually be the main setting of the films. Cameron explains the impetus behind that decision, saying, “it's on Pandora. Well, I'm really writing the second and third films together, so it completes a kinda three film story arc. And we will see the oceans of Pandora, which we haven't seen at all and that's an ecosystem that I'm dying to start designing because it's going to look spectacular.”
We believe him when he talks about how spectacular it will look. Avatar looked pretty amazing and technology has only gotten more advanced in the years since Cameron worked on it. With that new tech and the box office results of the original film behind him, we imagine Cameron will be able to go all out in terms of budget on these films – throwing gorgeous and cutting edge visuals on the screen from beginning to end. Let’s just hope the story is worthy of it.
Meanwhile, Earth parallels will continue to exist in the new films, with the director explaining that he’s chosen to discuss the ocean on Pandora because like Earth, most of that planet is covered with life-sustaining water.
“It focuses it a little more on ocean issues, because we have a planet that's a blue planet. From a distance, you look at it, the Earth is a lot more blue than it is, you know brown, the land mass. We're making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now. For a lot or reasons. It's just a way to focus a little energy in that direction.”
Those worried that this means Cameron might be going overboard with the environmental commentary shouldn’t fret too much. The filmmaker took the time to address those concerns. “I'm not going to become more strident. I'm not going to say, 'well, we got away with this much environmental content in the first movie, now there's double.' Because I think that would be a mistake. It has to be entertainment first and foremost.”
Perhaps the biggest bombshell in the whole interview is Cameron’s assertion that “there will be other planets as well, besides Pandora.” That would seem to indicate that not everything is going to take place underwater…
Finally, Cameron highlights what his goals are with the second and third film, and we think his heart is definitely in the right place.
“I think it's just a continuation of the same thing. I want people to feel that same sense of excitement about that world. You know the fictional Na'vi people and I want them to feel that excitement of discovery of a new world that they're going to see things that they haven't imagined. All that sort of the perk package of the first movie is still going to be there. And the themes will be there and be played out in a way that I think people can accept.”
Sounds good to us. Check out the video of the interview below, and let us know if you’re now more or less excited for the next two Avatar installments.
[huge shoutout to GeekTyrant for transcribing all of this]