As James Cameron draws ever closer to actually capturing performances for his three Avatar sequels, work continues on their pre-production, design and technological development. It seems like a massive undertaking, with an awful lot of work going on at once, deep preparation and planning, the better for Cameron to be able to make a series of movies simultaneously.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Cameron has given some more clues as to what the overall structure of the series will be and while it’s not what many will have been expecting, it does suggest that there might well be material here for a total of four films – if not, one day, even more.
[The first film] was very Jake-centric. His story seen through his eyes. We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It’s really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like The Godfather.’
More specifically, Cameron shed more light on the future films’ setting at sea:
There’s a fair bit of underwater stuff. It’s been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That’s not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.
That’s a smart move. Cameron can now deal with environmental issues relating to the oceans – of which he is acutely aware – as well as create brand new, alien experiences that takes us beyond everything we saw in part one, adding novelty, incident, variety and invention.
Production will get underway in New Zealand at some point in 2014 and then Avatars 2, 3 and 4 are expected in the Decembers of 2016, ’17 and ’18 respectively.