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Avatar Sequel
Film information
Directed by

James Cameron

Produced by

Jon Landau
James Cameron

Written by

James Cameron
Josh Friedman


Sam Worthington
Zoë Saldaña
Joel David Moore
Sigourney Weaver
CCH Pounder
Stephen Lang



Editing by

James Cameron


Lightstorm Entertainment

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release Date(s)

December 2018[1]

Running Time






Gross Revenue


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Followed by

Avatar 3

Avatar 2 is a planned sequel to the 2009 film Avatar. The film has been under development since 2010.[2] Cameron has already confirmed the sequel,[3] which will be shot before Battle Angel.[4]

James Cameron has previously stated that the film will likely not be entitled "Avatar 2", since Jake is no longer an avatar at the end of the first movie, but rather a Na'vi.[5] No final title has yet been announced, but an April 2016 press release featured an "Avatar" logo, shown on the right.[6]


Cameron has said in a statement to THR: "In the second and third films, which will be self contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar's visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."[7]

In 2015, Jon Landau confirmed that humans would be returning in the sequel. I think you will definitely have humans in the sequel... There are going to be good humans, there are going to be bad humans, There are going to be good Na'vi, There are going to be bad Na'vi...[8] He also mentioned that there was going to be "action" as well as a "family story".

Avatar 2 will explore the oceans of Pandora, and the team has been developing underwater motion capture technology for this purpose. He also confirmed that Avatar 2 will explore the Na'vi culture more than Avatar. "WETA is working out underwater performance capture for underwater scenes." Landau said, "It's going to be like the Floating Mountains in the first movie. It's not going to be all underwater; it's going to be a place we go to, leave and come back to."[9]

in 2013 James Cameron also stated that the style would be influenced by the master navigator culture of the small pacific civilizations of Micronesia. He was exposed to these cultures during his time on these islands during preparation for his dive in the Marianas Trench.[10]

Throughout 2010 it was also stated that Avatar 2 will contain more volcanoes,[11] and will take place several years after the events of the original film.[12] However, it is worth noting that the script was not completed until almost five years after this date, so things may have changed.

It is intended that the plot be able to stand on its own, but will be part of a meta-narrative that extends across from Avatar 2 to 4.[13]


Avatar 2 behind the scenes

a brief glimpse of the set for the sequel, as shown at the D23 expo in Japan.

Before the original film was released, James Cameron talked about turning Avatar into a trilogy of films that would follow Neytiri and Jake Sully.

"I've had a storyline in mind from the start - there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel," Cameron said. "It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan. The CG plants and trees and creatures and the musculo-skeletal rigging of the main characters - that all takes an enormous amount of time to create. It'd be a waste not to use it again."

The film's story, schedule and scope have evolved dramatically over the course of its development. The core team participated in numerous interviews throughout 2010, detailing their ambitious plans to produce a sequel with a much shorter production time and a lower budget than the original. Cameron hinted that the heroes will venture to some of Polyphemus's other moons in the film, an idea that was ultimately removed from the story.[14]

Cameron also confirmed that the sequels would be filmed back-to-back,[15] and Sigourney Weaver dropped hints about a possible return and an ambitious shooting schedule through 2012 and 13[16], with an initial release date of December 2014.


Avatar2 delays

Months remaining until the most recently announced release date over time. Spikes represent delays.

However, the project was subject to multiple delays. Cameron continued writing the script alone through at least February 2013,[17] but announced that summer that he would be co-writing the film with Josh Friedman. The script work for the trilogy continued through at least December 2015.[18] In October 2013, Sam Worthington confirmed that the three sequels would be shot back to back starting in fall 2014,[19] however by the end of that year the underwater motion capture technology was still at the drawing board level.[20] Filming is currently due to begin in April 2016, four years behind the original plan.[21]

Current StatusEdit

When asked about his involvement with the ongoing franchise in April 2015, James Horner stated that he would stay with it through its entire run "If I last that long".[22] Tragically, James Horner died unexpectedly in a plane crash that June.[23] The sequel may be shot at 48 fps, 60 fps or an even higher frame rate.[24] About a year and a half of design work has taken place as of December 2015, and "the characters, settings and creatures are all pretty much [set]".[25]


When the sequels were first being discussed in 2010, the film was scheduled to be released in December of 2014.[26] To date, the release date has been delayed five times- in 2012 to 2015,[27] in 2013 to 2016,[28] in 2015 to 2017, and finally two delays in 2016 to summer and then December 2018.[29][30]

The January 2016 delay was subject to speculation of a clash with Star Wars- Episode VIII, which had in turn been rescheduled into the same slot.[31] The fifth delay in April 2016 was announced along with the fourth planned sequel.

The film has been confirmed for an IMAX release as well as the regular format.[32]


Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have signed for a trilogy. [36] Stephen Lang will return as Miles Quaritch for another three films, though he was killed in the end of Avatar. [37]In 2010 Lang stated "It's not over while I've still got DNA"[38]; his reprisal was confirmed in October 2013.[39] At the Golden Globes, Sigourney Weaver hinted at the return of her character, Dr. Grace Augustine, in some form, saying, "If you look at the footage, I don't really... I go somewhere, right? It's science fiction. Anything can happen." [40] The actress later confirmed that she and Cameron had agreed to bring Grace back, commenting, "I'm actually in the tree. I can't promise anything, but I think James Cameron wants to bring the family together", referring to Grace, Jake, Norm, and the other humans that stayed on Pandora or helped the Na'vi. [41] On April 20, 2010 CCH Pounder confirmed that she would return as the Omaticaya Tsahìk Mo'at.[42] Michelle Rodriguez, when asked about the sequel, said that Avatar was like working on Star Wars, and she hoped Trudy Chacon could be in Avatar's sequel.[43]

Giovanni Ribisi has also hinted at a possible return as Parker Selfridge. When asked if he had any information on the sequel that he could share, he said: "Yeah, who knows."[44] He later stated, when asked if he was allowed to say anything about the sequel: "I'm not allowed to say anything." After the interviewer stated that it was "Totally cool", Ribisi responded: "But we'll see."[45] When interviewed by George Lopez about returning for a sequel, Ribisi stated that there had been talk of him returning and it would be "a privelege" to come back in the sequel. [46] Another interview has quoted him as referencing his character's departure from Pandora rather than death, and that there have been many "allusions" to that. [47] Dileep Rao also told reporters he was unable to confirm whether or not he would return for an Avatar sequel, but hinted that the humans would return as the main antagonists. [48]

In January 2011, James Cameron confirmed that most characters would return for Avatar 2, "Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form." [49]In a more recent interview, Sigourney Weaver further commented on returning for an Avatar sequel, stating that James Cameron has already told Weaver the stories for the second and third installments of the Avatar film series. Weaver also commented on her return after a supposed death in the first film, stating that, "Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction."[50]

At the premiere for Fast & Furious 6, Michelle Rodriguez denied her involvement in the film thus far, stating that, despite previous rumors, Cameron had yet to contact her about a role in it, but added that the word of Avatar was a "secret, secret, secret world" and implied that many of the cast members, herself included, probably wouldn't know if they were involved in the film or not until the film started pre-production. [51]

In other MediaEdit

During the initial announcements for Pandora: The World of Avatar in 2011, James Cameron stated that the theme park would include elements from the second and third movies.[52] the park is set to open in early 2017; approximately a year and a half before the release date of the second film.


List of references:

  3. Avatar Sequel Confirmation
  15. James Cameron Announces Avatar 2 & 3 Release Dates
  33. Sigourney Weaver states she will be playing a different character.
  34. CCH Pounder confirms she'll return for Avatar 2.
  38. Stephen Lang Interview
  42. CCH Pounder confirms she'll return for Avatar 2.
  43. Michelle Rodriguez about her Avatar role and sequel
  49. James Cameron Announces Avatar 2 & 3 Release Dates

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