‘Alien: Covenant’ director James Cameron is making a splash with the upcoming science fiction sequel ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ a follow-up to his 2009 movie. The director recently spoke about the sequels and said that his planned five-film franchise may become a trilogy if things do not go as planned.
“The goal is to tell an extremely compelling story on an emotional basis,” ‘The Terminator’ director told Total Film. “I would say the emphasis in the new film is more on character, more on story, more on relationships, more on emotion. We didn’t spend as much time on relationship and emotion in the first film as we do in the second film, and it’s a longer film, because there’s more characters to service. There’s more story to service.”
He said, “Above all, however, The Way Of Water is a family story. This is because, 14 years after falling in love, Jake and Neytiri are now the proud parents of five children. “People say, ‘Oh my God, a family story from Disney? Just what we want…’ This isn’t that kind of family story,”
The first ‘Avatar’ remained the highest-grossing film in the world for nearly a decade, maintaining its lead through several re-releases, even retaking the title from 2019’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ thanks to release in Communist China.
Should this upcoming sequel fail, Cameron has stated his planned five-part story will have to be condensed into three movies.
“The market could be telling us we’re done in three months, or we might be semi-done, meaning: ‘OK, let’s complete the story within movie three, and not go on endlessly’, if it’s just not profitable,” he continued. “We’re in a different world now than we were when I wrote this stuff…”
Cameron added, “It’s the one-two punch – the pandemic and streaming. Or, conversely, maybe we’ll remind people what going to the theatre is all about. This film definitely does that.”
The movie is set to be released in the United States on December 16, 2022.