It took less than a month for Avatar to gross in over $1 billion at the box office after its December 16, 2009 release, making it the fastest grossing movie of all time, that is until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released in 2011.
Since then, James Cameron has been teasing us by making promises that more is coming, just not anytime soon. James isn’t one to just spew out sequel after sequel as fast as he can to make money. He likes to take his time, to make sure his vision is truly brought to life and that every detail is perfect.
He has been dropping teasers though since 2010 about what to look forward to in not one sequel, but several.
Here are 19 rumors that we have learned so far about the upcoming movie, and one that we hope isn’t true.
20 The Release Date
Trying to figure out when we will be expecting another Avatar sequel is like trying to figure out when the NY Giants will win their next Super Bowl.
According to looper.com, James first mentioned the next 2 sequels being released in 2014 and 2015, then it got pushed to 2017, then Christmas 2018 and now, James recently announced that we can expect Avatar 2 on December 17, 2021.
19 The Titles For The Movies
James Cameron originally didn’t even want “Avatar” in the title for future films due to Jake no longer being an avatar, but a real Na’vi now.
According to denofgeeks.com though, he may have changed his mind because in 2018, BBC released these possible future titles: Avatar: The Way of Water; Avatar: The Seed Bearer; Avatar: The Tulkun Rider; and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa.
Just like the dates though, anything can change.
18 Where The Filming Is Taking Place
Although shooting didn’t take place there, many of the designs used to create the breath-taking world Pandora actually comes from the vertical mountains of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China.
According to en.wikiepedia.org, preliminary shooting for the film started on August 15, 2017, out in Manhattan Beach, California, followed by principal photography on September 25, 2017, in New Zealand for both the second film, and the third.
17 Some Of The Cast Who Perished In The First Film Are Back
This may come as a shocker seeing as they perished in the first movie, but both Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang will return for the next four sequels.
According to looper.com, Sigourney stated that she will be playing a different character in the upcoming movies, while Stephan will return to reprise his role as the evil Quaritch.
16 They Will Still Be On Pandora
For anyone who loved the look and different colors of Pandora, guess what, the majority of the next four films will take place there.
According to looper.com, during an IMAX Q&A, producer John Landau stated that while most films like to travel to different planets to give their characters a whole new environment and adventure, the Avatar team will stay on Pandora, just explore different areas of the planet.
15 Kate Winslet Will Be In It
James Cameron is best known for his 1997 film, Titanic.
According to deadline.com, James won’t be the only Titanic veteran on set. Kate Winslet has been selected to play the role of an Avatar named Ronal, and James couldn’t be happier. “Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since we collaborated on Titanic together, which was one of the most rewarding of my career, James stated.”
14 It Will Focus On Jake & Neytiri's Daughter
By the time Avatar 2 is released, 12 years will have gone by since the last time we visited Pandora.
According to looper.com, James Cameron revealed on the Empire Podcast that the first sequel of the series will focus on Jake and Neytiri’s eight-year-old daughter.
James also revealed that one of the biggest plots in the movie is a disagreement between Jake and Neytiri, which we see through their daughter’s eyes.
13 There Is No Way To Prepare For How It Will Look
Avatar was visually breathtaking. James Cameron truly did an amazing job creating a new alien world for us.
According to looper.com, James had made comments that the newer movie will be even better. In fact, during his interview with Empire Podcast in 2014, James made this comment, “They’re going to be b****in. You will s*** yourself with your mouth wide open.”
12 You Don't Need To Watch Them In Order To Understand What's Going On
John Landau told IMAX during an interview that anyone who hasn’t seen the first movie doesn’t have to in order to see the sequel.
According to looper.com, John stated that “each movie is written as a visual and emotional journey that comes to its own conclusions.”
Pandora is big enough that they have enough room to give each movie its own story-line that doesn’t need to rely on the others.
11 There Is Going To Be A Seriously Strong Female Cast
The first movie already had some strong female actresses in it what with Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. Well, they are about to be joined with two more strong female actresses.
According to looper.com, back in 2017, it was announced that not only will Kate Winslet be joining, but also Game of Thrones star, Oona Chaplin.
10 A 'Fear The Walking Dead' Star Will Be In It
It looks like the Fear the Walking Dead world is about to merge with Avatar.
According to looper.com, Cliff Curtis, also known as Travis Manawa on FWD, will play Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina tribe. Cliff didn’t even have to audition for the role either, apparently, James called him via Skype and offered the part for the next four movies.
9 Vin Diesel Also Has A Part
Get ready everyone, Avatar is about to get a little “fast and furious.”
According to looper.com, on April 3, 2019, Vin Diesel posted a video of himself with James Cameron, while on set of all four of the upcoming sequels.
Vin is excited to start working with James, stating that he is the one person in Hollywood that he has always wanted to work with.
8 The Rating It Will Have
When creators have a film that has as much potential as Avatar to be one of the biggest hits to date, they want as many people in those theaters as possible.
According to cinemablend.com, to date, there is no word as to what kind of rating the sequel will have, but it’s unlikely to step anywhere into R territory.
Most likely, it will remain in the PG-13 territory like the first film.
7 The Director
James Cameron has had many successful films such as Terminator, Titanic, and Avatar.
According to cinemablend.com, when it came to Avatar, James spent years developing both the script and the technological advancements before he brought it to life.
If anyone thinks that he would step down and allow someone else to create the next four sequels, they have another thing coming. He will be doing all four.
6 What We Know About The Script
When James Cameron wrote the script for the first Avatar movie, he was alone. For the next four sequels though, he has brought in some backup.
According to cinemablend.com, so far, all we know about the upcoming sequels is that they will all stand alone, will have a family theme, and the second film will be focused on the oceans of planet Pandora.
5 There Will Be A Lot Of New Child Actors
Most of the new actors and actresses we will see in the new upcoming movie will actually be quite young.
According to cinemablend.com, the second sequel will focus largely on Jake and Neytiri’s children as well as the children of the Metkayina tribe, a new tribe that we get to see who inhabits the planet Pandora.
4 There Will Be A Solo Human Child
While we will see many new Pandorian children running around during the film, there will be one solo human child.
According to cinemablend.com, Jack Champion will be taking up the role of Javier “Spider” Socorro, a young boy who was born at Hell’s Gate, the former human colony, but prefers to spend all his time exploring Pandora.
3 An Upcoming Novel Goes Into Greater Detail About The Characters And Pandora
Back in 2010, Jon Landau announced that James Cameron planned on writing a book that dove deeper into Pandora and the various characters of the movie.
According to looper.com, it won’t be a story based on the first movie, but a separate story altogether. In 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported that Penguin Random House publishing had teamed up with James to release “a wide range” of books based on Avatar.
2 There Will Be Five Movies Total
After the release of Avatar 2 in what we hope is in 2021, we can expect to see at least three more movies, which totals out to five altogether.
According to cinemablend.com, Avatar 3 is being filmed simultaneously with Avatar 2 and is scheduled to be released in December 2023.
As for 4 and 5, they are now officially on Disney’s calendar for a December 2025 and 2027 release.
1 We Hope Isn't True: Sam Worthington Won't Be In It
Sam Worthington, the actor who played the main character Jake, has been quite busy staring in movies such as Clash of the Titans, Man on a Ledge, and Sabotage, since his breakout role in Avatar.
According to cinemablend.com, it’s unclear if Sam will reprise his role has Jake Sully, seeing as each sequel will be a stand-alone film and have its own story and ending.
James Cameron is always changing things though, so hopefully, this is untrue.
Sources: looper.com, denofgeeks.com, en.wikiepdia.org, deadline.com, cinemablend.com