While it’s possible, and even likely, that most general audiences don’t have Avatar 2 on their radar. The sequel to the 2009 science-fiction epic is still on track to make a big splash when it arrives in theaters. Thanks are due to the nation of New Zealand’s quick and efficient response to the coronavirus pandemic, which kept the production delay to a minimum.
As an additional bit of good news, it looks like now that the film’s crew is planning to resuming filming. They’re also beginning to share some details about where the story of the Avatar franchise will go in the first of its many planned sequels.
AVATAR 2 IS JUST WHAT DISNEY WORLD NEEDS AFTER CORONAVIRUS
According to a recent interview with Avatar producer Jon Landau, the next film in the series will take protagonists Jake Sully and Neytiri on a journey of exploration around the vibrant planet of Pandora with their family. Essentially it’s a sci-fi road trip movie that serves to expand on director James Cameron’s already extensive worldbuilding for the first film. It will also certainly act as more impetus for moviegoers to head to Florida and check out the Pandora: The World Of Avatar theme park at the Disney World resort.
Landau had plenty to say about the film, which included revealing new plot and character details for Avatar 2, some of which may come as a complete surprise. In his words:
“This is the story of the Sully family and what one does to keep their family together…Jake and Neytiri have a family in this movie, they are forced to leave their home, they go out and explore the different regions of Pandora, including spending quite a bit of time on the water, around the water, in the water.”
We already knew, to some extent, that Avatar 2 would be heavily focused on the sub-aquatic civilizations coexisting with the land-dwelling Na’vi on Pandora. As the film has been long-rumored to utilize groundbreaking new technology for the scenes it filmed underwater.
We also knew from reports that dropped in 2017 that families would play a large role in the future of the franchise, with Jake and Neytiri’s children, in particular, being major characters in the sequel. This shift in focus to a younger cast was likely made for several reasons, but especially because the franchise is now owned by family-friendly Disney.
The Avatar franchise will be filling the multi-generational void that Star Wars films have held for the past couple of years. Meaning it will be expected to appeal to audiences who may not even have been born over a decade ago, when the first film released. But Landau’s comments have given us much more context for both of these plot points and have better established what the film will be about.
They also clearly indicate that much of the film’s story will revolve around an exploration of Pandora: the photo-realistic beauty and splendor of the alien world was one of the strongest elements of the first film, and is what attracts most visitors to the Pandora park at Disney World – probably more so than the film itself. Now, with Disney World struggling to get back on its feet in the wake of coronavirus, an Avatar sequel promising even more incredible theme park opportunities could be just what they need.
What do you think of the new details about Avatar 2, and are you excited to see the sequel? Do you think the long wait will have have been worth it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.