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How do you follow up the highest grossing film of all time? For James Cameron at least, creating a good sequel means letting your audience wait a long time before coming back twice as strong. Think of Aliens (1986) - coming seven years after Scott's Alien (1979), or Terminator 2 (1991) - also arriving seven years after The Terminator (1984). When Cameron makes a sequel, he makes sure they are even better than the original, so looking to improve on the original Avatar - both in terms of storyline and special effects - he will pull out all the stops.

Cameron Does Sequels Better
Cameron Does Sequels Better

Whilst promoting Toruk, his Cirque De Soleil prequel to Avatar, Cameron has mentioned what the four (yes, four!) Avatar sequels will be about, saying it will be an intergenerational family saga. Speaking to Variety he says:

“The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans."

Given that the storyline of Avatar had many similarities with white-man-in-Native-American territory tales such as Dances With Wolves and Pocahontas, it seems that Cameron is keen to expand this expansionist allegory to criticise the way that indigenous peoples can be wiped out from history by the Americans. However, this newsbite is the latest in a series of hints from Cameron, who has being teasing out details of his Avatar sequels ever since the chart-topping success of the original.

He Wants To Expand The Universe

The Avatar Universe
The Avatar Universe

When the original Avatar came out, many critics compared the experience of watching the 3D extravaganza to that of watching Star Wars for the first time. Continuing the Star Wars comparison, when Avatar came out it seemed to arrive with its own fully-formed world that could easily be explored in more detail. Cameron says that he wants to:

Looking like a smaller version of Jupiter, Polyphemus - named after Greek God Poseidon's son - can be seen in the sky of Pandora. Possibly in future sequels Cameron wants to show the war between the Na'vi and the humans taking on an intergalactic scale.

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He Wants To Shoot In Higher Frame Rates

These Types Of Shots Will Be Seen In Even More Detail
These Types Of Shots Will Be Seen In Even More Detail

Following on from the innovation in motion capture and stereoscoping as seen in the original, he wants to pioneer higher frame rates of 48 and 60 frames per second. The former has already been seen in the Hobbit Sequels The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of The Five Armies with mixed results; some people saying that it captured reality better and others stating that it felt like watching a soap opera. Cameron's rationale behind the move is that whilst:

"The 3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window. In fact, it is just reality. It is really stunning."

With such a wealth of detail involved in creating the Avatar world, a higher frame rate would allow Cameron to allow more depth in field, possibly also allowing the film to make a better, more immersive transfer to home entertainment. Or will it look like reality TV?

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Stephen Lang Will Return!

Seemingly the Darth Vader of the series, the presumed deceased Colonel Miles Quaritch will return, in one form or another. In an interview with Deadline Cameron mentions:

"I’m not going to say exactly how we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who’s also become a good friend"

Personally, I thought he was the best character in the film, a true amalgamation/distillation of all the cigar-smoking, gun-toting generals seen in action movies over the decades. Seeing him resurrected in some kind of android/sub-human form would only be even better. Can we have Trudy Chacon (Michelle Rodriguez) back too please?

Each Story Will Be Self-Contained (Sort Of)

No Endings Like This
No Endings Like This

Having employed a different writer to work on each sequel, Cameron is keen to make sure that each film tells a story on its own terms, even if it will fit into a larger arc. As he mentions in an interview:

“I’m writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film. I don’t want to suffer from the Matrix 2 problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It’s gotta end. There’s gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that’s a fine line"

It appears that Cameron will not doing standard franchise procedure by aping An Empire Strikes Back for his next film, instead using a more episodic structure to build up a vast epic of life lived in the Alpha Centauri A system. With Cameron calling the writing process "a daunting task", lets just hope that the end result is worth the wait.


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Source: Variety