James Cameron has always been a director who fully immerses himself in his films; he recreated the Titanic for it’s titular movie. This explains why he’s currently working on four Avatar sequels. However, the only thing known about these is that the first will be released in 2020.
Now, however, Mr. Cameron has released more details about the sequels. Talking to Empire in their September issue, Cameron reveals that Quaritch won’t be relegated to a supporting role. Originally it was assumed he would appear in flashbacks. He is set continue to menace Jake, Neytiri and the other Na’vi throughout all five movies as the saga’s main antagonist, according to Mr. Cameron. In his words:
“The interesting conceit of the Avatar sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters. 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 motherfucker 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.”
Cameron is shooting the four Avatar sequels back to back, according to reports. As a result, the movies have been in production for years. James Cameron’s inspiration for doing so? Peter Jackson and The Lord Of The Rings. Speaking about his decision to shoot back to back and talking to Mr. Jackon, Mr. Cameron said:
“I said ‘It’s your fault I’m doing this, motherfucker! It’s one big story. But I would say a little bit different from The Lord Of The Rings, which you knew was a trilogy and that allowed you to accept a sort of truncated ending for movies one and two and then a fullfilment. This is a greater narrative broken up into four complete stories.”
As mentioned above, the next installment in the Avatar series won’t land until 2020, at the earliest, so why not rewatch the original on repeat? It’s only almost a decade old by now. And pretty forgettable plot-wise.