The most common problem of film producers in doing sequels to a blockbuster movie often has something to do with the script or the dearth or lack of materials to work on.
In the case of critically-acclaimed producer, director, and writer James Cameron who wrote and directed “Avatar,” the highest grossing movie of all time with a worldwide box-office haul of US$2.7 billion, he has so much material to do not just one but actually four sequels to the film.
The problem is, Cameron is only bound to do three sequels and not four, thus he has to work again with his existing materials so that it can fit into three more sequels – “Avatar 2,” “Avatar 3,” and “Avatar 4.”
While it has been a trend lately by some producers to divide the third and last movie into two films in order to keep the income of the franchise steady, James Cameron is not about to do that because of the wealth of materials he has, notes Breathecast.
James Horner, who worked with James Cameron on 2009’s “Avatar” disclosed that the director is working to cut down four screenplays into three so that he can keep to his planned release schedule.
Initial reports have it that “Avatar 2” would be released in December 2016 and the next two sequels will come one year after each other.
But since Cameron has to go back to work to keep the amount of sequels for the movie down to three instead of allowing the series to expand into a total of five movies, the release of “Avatar 2” has been deferred by a full year and shall now come out to worldwide theaters in December 2017 instead.
The next two sequels were likewise pushed back by a year. Thus “Avatar 3” will come out in December 2018 and the fourth and final movie “Avatar 4,” shall be released in December 2019.
There have been previous details about “Avatar 2” as early as last year and it seems that they are pretty much consistent ever since.
Accordingly, “Avatar 2” will be set three years after the first film and it shall continue to focus on the lives of Jake, played by Sam Worthington, and Neytiri, played by Zoe Zaldana, as they explore the other moons of Polyphemus.
Dr. Grace Augustine, played by Sigourney Weaver, will also be returning to the sequel even though her human body already died in the first film. She will reportedly be in the next two sequels too.
Another returning character to “Avatar 2” is Col. Miles Quaritch, played by Stephen Lang, although his character was already killed off in the first film. He will still be the major antagonist to the sequel.