If Hollywood is good at anything, it's resurrecting dead characters. Sigourney Weaver, also known as Dr. Grace Augustine in James Cameron's mega hit Avatar, is able to attest to that fact. Much like Ellen Ripley before her, the good doctor is going to be resurrected from the dead, as most of us assumed but in a different form.
Who from the cast of the first movie is coming back for Avatar 2? Where will the new story take us? Everything James Cameron has planned for the sequel is here.
While director James Cameron has been talking about Avatar sequels ever since the first movie came out back in 2009, the truth of the matter is that we still don't really know much about them
More than just organizing her shooting schedule, she has already made a trip down to where the massive production will be taking place, getting her head around what to expect. That said, she still hasn't seen an actual script just yet, but she does already have an emotional connection to the story just through what the project's director has told her about.
In a move that should surprise nobody, 20th Century Fox has made a deal with both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana to have them reprise their roles as Jake Sully and Neytiri in not only Avatar 2, but also Avatar 3 and Avatar 4. Up until this point the only actor actually attached to all of the movies in the franchise was Stephen Lang, who will play the "Darth Vader" of the series and the central antagonist.
Stephen Lang, who played Colonel Miles Quaritch in Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster, will be back for the next three Avatar films, and will play a part that’s somehow going to be the “Darth Vader” role in the developing story.
This, of course, won't be the first time that a major blockbuster franchise has filmed a bunch of movies at the same time. Peter Jackson decided that this method was the best way for him to make his Lord of the Rings trilogy - a series that went on to become an unquestionable success - and he did it again when it came time to start filming The Hobbit.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron go way back, from when Cameron reportedly tried to find a reason not to cast Schwarzenegger in The Terminator until he was so charmed by him that he gave him the role that would change both of their careers.
What will happen in Avatar 2? Again, it depends on who you ask, and at what point. Cameron has dropped varying hints about it for years, but we probably can't count on anything said before The Sarah Connor Chronicles veteran Josh Friedman was hired to write the Avatar 2 script… and that was yesterday
Amassing over $2.8 billion worldwide, Avatar is the most successful movie ever, and Friedman has his work cut out for him. Luckily, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington (among others, assumedly) are set to reprise their roles for the sequel>
“We want to take advantage of the technologies brilliant people are putting out to make the next two movies even more emotionally engaging and visually tantalizing,” producer Jon Landau said, “and to really wrap up the story arc of our two main characters.”
James Cameron does what he wants. As the director of the two highest-grossing movies of all time, not to mention three that were the most expensive movies ever made for their time, Cameron has proven over and over again that he can turn a giant pile of money into an even bigger pile of money, which is truly the most valuable skill in Hollywood. When he chooses to take a decade between projects, or to spend that time diving underneath the ocean in a submarine
Really, James Cameron could probably single-handedly rustle up the money to pay for the next two Avatar movies. It might require selling a submarine or autographing 100 Titanic posters, but come on, he could do it. But Cameron, like everyone else in Hollywood, relies on other peoples' money to get his movies made
Cameron is settling into New Zealand for better or for worse, promising to maintain the farmland on his new acreage but also closing down the wedding hall used by many locals, claiming "that's going to be my workshop." And though a big part of the reason for his movie is the chance to work with New Zealand film crews
There have been multiple franchises that have made the decision to shoot sequels back-to-back in order to cut down on time between releases. We've seen it before in franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix and Back To The Future, where parts two and three were pushed together, but only once before has a series chosen to shoot three movies back-to-back and that was Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.