It was recently announced that the next three Avatar sequels will be shot in New Zealand, and James Cameron will spend around $500 million dollars to make them. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Cameron discussed a few details from the film such as where it will take place, the underwater element, and the story, which he compares to The Godfather trilogy. As far as where the story is set, he explains,
"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."
As you know, there's also been a lot of talk about the first sequel taking place underwater, but not all of it will be underwater,
"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."
Cameron goes on to talk about the story, saying that the sequels will focus not only on Jake, but the rest of his 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 first film was a lot like Dances With Wolves, so I wonder if Cameron may have actually been inspired by The Godfather when working on these sequels. It should really be interesting to see exactly what he's planning. I really enjoyed the first movie, but I hope that these turn out even better. Cameron makes great sequels, so there's a good chance that they will be.
The first sequel will be released in December 2016, the second one in December 2017, and the third a year later in December 2018. Production is scheduled to start next year with Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang all set to reprise their roles.