At the moment, very little is known about the upcoming sequels to James Cameron's 2009 smash hit Avatar.
A random selection of questions about the upcoming Avatar sequels may well include: Will Sigourney Weaver return? Can Jake survive forever in his Avatar? Have the RDA been kicked off Pandora forever, or will they return, looking to exploit more of the planet's natural resources?
The new Avatar Trilogy: James Cameron's Vision for Pandora
James Cameron has dropped a few hints about what we are likely to see in Avatar 2, 3 & 4. He has said that his original plan was to have the movies visit new worlds, but that after exploring the lesser known regions of our own planet (Cameron recently became only the 3rd person in history to explore the bottom of the Marianas Trench, the underwater canyon in the Pacific Ocean), he saw that there was no reason these incredible new environments couldn't exist on Pandora itself.
He also confirmed that some of the upcoming trilogy would take place underwater, but that contrary to reports there would not be an entire movie spent undersea.
It is also widely expected that Avatar 2, 3 & 4 will - like the first movie - carry a strong environmental message. James Cameron has spent a longtime studying the effects of man-made climate change, and it is likely that the story of the Na'vi on Pandora will explore man's ability to exploit and spoil natural environments.
Perhaps one of the more overlooked details of Avatar 2, however, are the screenwriters James Cameron has chosen to work on the movie.
Avatar 2's Secret Weapon
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver may be one of Hollywood's most sought after writing teams right now. They were relatively unknown until their work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but since then they have not only completed the screenplay for that movie's sequel [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes](movie:322904), but they have also - aside from the Avatar sequel - worked closely with Steven Spielberg on the upcoming Dinosaur movie, Jurassic World.
So what will they bring to Avatar 2? One thing they are most known for is there ability to bring CGI characters to life with their realistic scripts and the complex, emotional characters they create. Caesar in the Planet of the Apes franchise is perhaps the best example of this - could we see an equally determined, ruthless but sympathetic Na'vi leader in Avatar 2?
Cameron has spoken of his desire to show new worlds, environments and life forms in Avatar 2, but he also wants the next Avatar trilogy to be a story spread across a host of main characters. The original movie was "Jake-centric" he said, while this one is:
the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like 'The Godfather.'
He may have found in Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver the perfect writing team to combine CGI alien characters with emotional believability. But have the writing duo been allowed to come up with new aliens and worlds of their own in [Avatar 2](movie:38662)? When this question was put to them, they replied:
We're not allowed to talk about it
But what do you think we will see in Avatar 2? What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming Pandora trilogy? Have your say in the comment below!