When deciding to make a sequel for a popular film the most common hurdle is the lack of idea to work on. This, however, is not the problem that is being faced by James Cameron, the director of Avatar. He has more material than he can use.
Avatar was the biggest box-office success in the world. It made a business of over US$2.7 billion. The fear of directors of successful film is that they do not have enough interesting material to do with in the sequel, which for this very reason might not match up to the first film and not do good business.
Cameron is in a different dilemma. His Avatar has given him so much material to work with that he can’t just incorporate them all in only one sequel. He needs a third and a fourth and even a fifth part to get it all done!
The problem is that Cameron is expected to make only three sequels and this means that he will have to somehow incorporate all the great ideas and make them into three sequels.
James Horner, the music composer of the Avatar, has said the director-producer Cameron is working hard on the script to bring it down to three sequels instead of four. Avatar 2 was supposed to be out next year, but it looks like Cameron’s attempt to rework on the script has pushed the film to December 2017.
Avatar 2 will be out in 2017, while Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 will be out in 2018 and 2019 respectively. There have been a lot of reports about Avatar 2 and they seem to be pretty consistent.
Avatar 2 is set three years after Avatar and it will have Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Zaldana). The film will focus on the two as they tour the different moons of Polyphemus.
Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) will be back for the next two sequels of Avatar, even though her human body had dies in the first film. Col. Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) had also died in the first film, but he will continue to be the major antagonist in Avatar 2.