Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana as Jake Sulley and Neytiri in the film "Avatar". Photo Credit: Fox

Director James Cameron Likens ‘Avatar’ to ‘The Godfather’, Discusses Plans for the Franchise

Director James Cameron announced this morning that he will be filming the sequels to his highly acclaimed Avatar series in New Zealand, the same place where he shot the Academy Award winning original.

In an interview with the AP, the director discussed his vision for the series, even likening the family dynamic of the films to that of The Godfather.

Now, if you are anything like me, you just saw a large table with big blue creatures discussing their next hit like a stereotypic mob family; however, I am certain that this is not what Cameron meant by the comparison.

When speaking about the first film, he talks about how it surrounds the main character, Jake, and history. The sequels will be more about the creation of his new “family” on Pandora.

It was very Jake-centric. His story seen through his eyes,” Cameron said. “We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It’s really 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.’”

Now, this makes a little bit more sense. What he is really trying to convey is that the sequels will focus on more than just Jake’s personal struggles and more on the creation of the family unit and their journey both together and on their own.

This makes much more sense than a bunch of big, blue, mobsters.

In his interview with the AP, Cameron goes on to correct some of the inaccuracies that have been reported about the film. He clarifies that while Avatar 2 will explore the underwater world on Pandora, it will not be the main focus of the film. They will, however, explore a number of different Na’vi cultures, as well as the cultures of other creatures of Pandora.

There’s a fair bit of underwater stuff. It’s been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That’s not true,” he said. “There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.”

Cameron said that a core team has been developing new software for the upcoming features so that they can enhance the imagery even further than what we have come to expect.

It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora,” he said. “We’re blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.”

While there is no official release date in place just yet for the first of the three Avatar sequels, it is anticipated that it will be released sometime in December of 2016 with Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 being released each year after.

This should be no issue, as he will be filming all three of the films at the same time in the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand. This means that the only work that will need to be done in between is their post-production work, which on a film like Avatar is a very cumbersome endeavor.

The original Avatar film is the highest grossing movie of all time. The film has earned over $760.5 million in the US, and over $2.78 billion worldwide. It is no wonder that Cameron is so determined to expand upon the Pandora universe, and why Fox is so quick to back the franchise.

Are you excited to see the world of Pandora return to the big screen? What do you expect from James Cameron‘s continuation of the epic tale?

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