Nearly a decade later, James Cameron’s Avatar is still the highest grossing film in worldwide box office history with $2.7 billion dollars in the bank.
It looks like Hollywood is nowhere near done with Avatar. The film followed the lush alien world of Pandora where the Na’vi dwell. Because the planet’s environment is poisonous to humans, human/Na’vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine walks again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na’vi woman (Zoe Saldana). Everything is gravy until a war breaks out.
Over the years, there has been tons of debate over the film including its white savior trope and the concern over James Cameron acting as a voice for indigenous people. Nevertheless in Hollywood, money talks and it looks like everybody is about to jump back on the Avatar train.
This past weekend on his Facebook page, Cameron revealed that four (yes FOUR) new Avatar films will be headed to theaters in the next eight years. The Titanic director even hit us with the release dates which is super rare this far in advance. The new films will hit theaters December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024, and December 19, 2025!
Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four…
Technology has advanced leaps and bounds since the first film dropped in 2009, so we’re sure these next four films will be gorgeous to watch. Also, if Camaron has used his time wisely, perhaps he can rectify some of the cringe-worthy racial tropes that were in the first film.
So far, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington are set to return for all four of the film sequels. However, there is no word yet if C.C.H Pounder and Laz Alonso will reprise their roles. We can’t imagine why they wouldn’t; a big franchise means big money.
Are you excited about the return of Avatar?