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James Cameron is in the middle of a massive undertaking as he continues work on two of what are planned to be four more Avatar movies. We know little about them overall, but we were given a possbile hint recently when titles were leaked that purported to be the planned titles of all four of the upcoming sequels. At the time, we had no idea as to authenticity of those titles, but James Cameron has now spoken out about them, and it turns out that they are real titles, however they are only real potential titles. According to Cameron...
I can neither confirm nor deny. All right, here’s what I’ll tell ya. Those titles are among titles that are in consideration. And no final decisions have been made yet.
According to the initial report, the four Avatar films were set to be called Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa. The titles certainly could have been legitimate, but when they dropped a few months back there was no confirmation, and thus we couldn't be sure.
It seems now that the original source was accurate, but at the same time is does not mean that the coming films will have these titles. James Cameron confirms to ET that the titles are options, but with even the next movie almost two years away, no titles have been decided on yet.
Three of the four titles come across as mostly gibberish at this point, we don't know what they refer to and so they could have been real or not and it was nearly impossible to tell. The one exception was the proposed title for Avatar 2. Since we do know that film will take place mostly in and around the oceans of the alien world Pandora, a movie called The Way of Water certainly fell in line.
Now that we know these titles are being considered, we can look at them for whatever details they provide, though, again, at this point that isn't much. Even if Avatar 3 isn't called The Seed Bearer, we can be sure the film will include a "seed bearer." Perhaps it's a title bestowed on one of the characters or a new character who will appear in that film.
While Avatar 4 and 5, have yet to be officially green lit, and such things won't be happening while the final details of the Disney Fox merger are still happening, nothing short of a catastrophic failure of Avatar 2 and 3 is likely to stop them. This means that we'll learn what a Tulkin Rider is and why anybody needs to go on a quest for something (or someone?) called Eywa, even if the movies aren't called that.
Avatar 2 and 3 are currently in production with release dates in 2020 and 2021. Assuming nothing changes with the plans for Avatar 4 and 5, which is a pretty big assumption considering how long it took these sequels to get off the ground, we should see them in 2024 and 2025.