Back in 2009, James Cameron blew our minds wide open with his real actor and CGI movie Avatar. The movie brought in what is currently the record for the biggest box office release in movie history, with a total of $2.788 billion dollars. Yes, you read correctly, that’s billion with a B. The movie was so popular that Disney even built the Avatar planet of Pandora its own theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, complete with a 3D ride, shows, foods and anything else you can think of inspired by the movie. So naturally with the success that the movie has brought, you would imagine that there would be a sequel right?
Soon after the movie finished it’s run in theaters, James Cameron announced that there would be two sequels following up the movie rounding it out into a trilogy. The immense excitement that fans showed ended up catching Cameron and the studios eyes and ended up deciding that instead of a trilogy, they would want to strive to make five total movies. Although the last two sequels have been greenlit, Cameron stated in a November 26, 2017 interview: “Let’s face it, if Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5“. But with the amount of time Cameron puts into his movies and the fact that he holds the number one and number two record spot for money made at the box office with Avatar and Titanic, chances are we will get all four sequels.
When it comes to the sequels the movies were given release dates but kept getting pushed back further and further, to the point where we were just told that they were coming. With the amount of time and detail Cameron puts into his movies, fans didn’t seem to mind the wait as long as they were coming at some point. Cameron has stated in the past the the 2nd and 3rd movie will be released and filmed close together with release dates of December 18, 2020 and December 17, 2021. If successful the 4th and 5th movies will be released on December 20, 2024, and December 19, 2025.
Filming for the first two sequels began in September 2017 and is expected to continue into this year. The first sequel would focus on the ocean of Pandora and also feature more of the rain forest. Cameron also implied that the humans would return as the antagonists of the story. The sequels were confirmed to continue follow the characters of Jake and Neytiri (Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana). Also returning is Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, and CCH Pounder, as well as Stephen Lang and Matt Gerald, despite the deaths of their characters in the first film. Sigourney Weaver is also returning, although she stated that she would play a different character. New cast members announced include Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet as well as Seven child actors who will also portray pivotal new characters through the sequels: Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton and Trinity Bliss as Jake and Neytiri’s children. Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo, Duane Evans Jr. and Jack Champion have also been added as cast members.
So what about the titles of the movies? While there hasn’t been confirmation about the titles, BBC news claims to have a reliable source that has seen documentation that had the title of the sequels on them. So what are they? Here is the titles they gave!
(Avatar 2) AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER, (Avatar 3) AVATAR: THE SEED BEARER, (Avatar 4) AVATAR: THE TULKUN RIDER, (Avatar 5) AVATAR: THE QUEST FOR EYWA
Again, the titles have not been confirmed but with what Cameron has stated in the past about the first sequel taking us into the oceans of Pandora, it does make you think they might be right. Cameron has stated that the movies will be considered “generational family sagas”, kind of like the The Godfather movies that followed a family story. Until we get confirmation on the title though, consider this speculation at best.
But what do you think? Are you excited for all the Avatar that is about to come? Has it been to long and you don’t really care anymore at this point? Let us know what you think in the comments below!