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James Cameron Says Avatar Sequels Will Be A Family Saga

Director James Cameron, in his interview with Variety, revealed details about the four-part sequel to his 2009 movie, Avatar. Speaking about the sequels, Cameron said, “The story line in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”


The movie will start rolling out in the theatres from December, 2018. “I want them to be released as close together as possible. If it’s an annual appointment to show up at Christmas, I want to make sure that we’re able to fulfill on that promise,” said the director.

Earlier in April, the Oscar-winning director announced that there will be four Avatar sequels. Talking about the project, he said,“The ‘Avatar’ story arc was originally meant to be a trilogy, but I overwrite, and my writers overwrote as well,” Cameron told Variety in an interview. “But basically the first of the sequels cloned itself and became two films, so now it’s four films. And the studio’s very happy with it. They have an opportunity to make more money, but it’s also an opportunity to spend a lot more money, too, so there’s a clench factor.”

The aim, he said, is to orchestrate production in such a way that he can drop the films a year apart. But he’s unsure if that will ultimately be possible.

Avatar is a 2009 epic science fiction film starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana in the lead roles. With astonishing visual effects that surpassed all standards for animation, the movie went on to become the highest grossing film of all time.The movie was also nominated for nine Academy awards.

Meanwhile, Avatar’s prequel, a touring production by Cirque de Soleil, Toruk, is currently doing a four-day run at the Barclays centre, New York. Toruk- The First Flight, is inspired by Avatar and written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon.


Toruk is set in planet Pandora before humans’ invasion into their space. The title, Toruk, refers to the giant dragon-like creatures seen in Avatar. Though Toruk doesn’t come in contact with the plot of Avatar, there are few overlaps. Director James Cameron said, “I love some of the costumes and hairstyles, so we might create a resonance there where you actually see some of the things that you see in Toruk come into the design of the films.”

James Cameron said that he wasn’t particularly active in Toruk’s direction. “I chimed in only to make sure the project didn’t steer too far afield from my central vision for the films,” he said. The director pretty much gave full rein to the team to ‘riff’ on what they had seen in Avatar. 

Toruk premiered in November 2015, embarking on a North-American tour, following which they will tour Asia.

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