We still have a long wait until the first of the four Avatar sequels opens in theaters on December 18, 2020, but producer Jon Landau has given a little more info to Inside the Magic in a new interview.
“As we’ve moved on with the sequels to ‘Avatar,’ we made a very conscious decision to stage the whole four sequels on Pandora,” Landau revealed. “We don’t need to go to another world if we want water, we’re going to go to the oceans of Pandora. Just like you see in Flight of Passage. Also, some of those creatures that you see (on Flight of Passage), don’t be surprised if they show up in the films.
Avatar Flight of Passage is part of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Landau added that the Avatar sequels are “going to go to totally different environments, we’re going to meet different cultures. Just like our planet is as diverse culturally as we are environmentally. We want to introduce people to different cultures. In the first movie, we only met the Omaticaya clan, and they are the clan here allowing us to come to the Valley of Mo’ara. But as we venture out we’re going to different environments and different clans.”
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver are returning from the first film, which remains the highest-grossing film worldwide with $2.7 billion. Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are also on board. The young members of the Sully family are played by Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, and Trinity Bliss, while the Metkayina Clan members are played by Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo, and Duane Evans Jr. Jack Champion is playing Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager, born at Hell’s Gate but who prefers his time in the Pandoran rainforest more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.
James Cameron started filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 on September 25, 2017. Avatar 2 is scheduled to open in theaters on December 18, 2020, and will be followed by Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021. Filming will then begin on Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, which will be released on December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025.
“The interesting conceit of the ‘Avatar’ sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters,” Cameron said previously. “There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey. But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherf*cker through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”
The Avatar sequels will be produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment. The James Cameron-directed sequels are written by Cameron along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.