Following the news on the sequel titles and filming, James Cameron talked more about the anticipated Avatar sequels with Empire magazine. He specifically mentions an Avatar sequel scene, which is described below. If you’d rather not know anything ahead of time, you might want to stop reading now.
Cameron reveals that Jake Sully (in his new Avatar body) and Neytiri are still together years later and now have an eight-year-old daughter. The filmmaker says there’s a critical argument scene between the parents that is shot from the point of view of their daughter.
“There’s a three-page argument scene between Jake and Neytiri, a marital dispute, very, very critical to the storyline,” Cameron says. “I wound up shooting it all from the point of view of the eight year old hiding under the structure and peeking in […] Having gone through the experience with [Sam Worthington] on Avatar, I now knew how to write the Jake character going forward across the emotional rollercoaster of the next four movies. It’s been tough on him. He’s done two pictures back to back now, because we did 2 and 3 together. He had to go to some dark places.”
James Cameron started filming the performance capture for the sequels on September 25, 2017. Live-action filming will begin in New Zealand in spring 2019. Avatar: The Way of Water is scheduled to open in theaters on December 18, 2020, and will be followed by Avatar: The Seed Bearer on December 17, 2021. Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa will be released on December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025, respectively.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald, and Sigourney Weaver are returning for the Avatar sequels. Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Oona Chaplin, and Edie Falco 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.
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.
The first Avatar movie remains the highest-grossing film worldwide with $2.7 billion.