Before the premiere of Avatar: The Way of Water, there was a lot of anxiousness on whether the movie would be able to earn as much as the first film and be profitable enough to invest in a whole franchise of Avatar flicks. The good news is, James Cameron was able to make his money back with the gamble, and has announced that the Avatar sequels are officially moving forward.
Cameron says, “It looks like just with the momentum that the film has now that will easily pass our break even in the next few days, so it looks like I can’t wiggle out of this, I’m gonna have to do these other sequels,” writes The Hollywood Reporter, “I know what I’m going to be doing the next six or seven years. The point is we’re going to be okay.”
We don’t know exactly what Cameron is building up to in the franchise, but it looks like we’re going to be exploring the whole of Pandora, with the next movie said to be introducing us to the ‘Fire Na’vi’ who are called the ‘Ash People’.
Since the entire franchise relies heavily on CG locations, Cameron confirms that production has already wrapped for the third film, and progress is steadily underway for the next Avatar movies. He confirms:
“I’m sure that we’ll have a discussion soon with with the top folks at Disney about the game plan going forward for Avatar 3, which is already in the can – we’ve already captured and photographed the whole film so we’re in extended post-production to do all that CG magic. And then Avatar 4 and 5 are both written. We even have some of 4 in the can. We’ve begun a franchise at this point. We’ve begun a saga that can now play out over multiple films.”
For now, you can catch Avatar: The Way of Water now screening in theaters.