Following yesterday's news that Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 will all be shot in New Zealand, director James Cameron offered some new details about the follow-ups, comparing them to The Godfather. Here's what he had to say, revealing that while the first Avatar focused on Sam Worthington's Jake, the sequels delve into his extended family on Pandora.
"It was very Jake-centric. His story seen through his eyes. 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."
The director also reveals that he originally wanted to explore other worlds in Pandora's solar system, but now he just plans to show fans more of Pandora itself.
"It's going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. 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."
He also cleared up a rumor that Avatar 2 will be set entirely underwater, which is not the case.
"There's a fair bit of underwater stuff. It's been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That's not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films."
It isn't immediately clear when production will begin in New Zealand, but our report from yesterday revealed that production on Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 will take place over a nine-month shoot. The budget for all three movies combined is expected to exceed a whopping $1 billion.