A sequel to the highest grossing film of all time has yet to get an official green light from 20th Century Fox (although one is expected), but that hasn’t stopped Avatar director James Cameron dropping hints of what we can expect at all these award ceremonies he’s been attending recently.
Sci-Fi Wire questioned Cameron after he received the Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award and he joked (possibly) about what he might call the sequel, along with mentioning the film will show us more of the spiritual side of the Na’vi.
“Certainly I don’t want to call it Avatar 2,” Cameron said at the Visual Effects Society Awards ceremony in Century City, Calif., on Sunday, where he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. “He’s not an avatar anymore, is he? Maybe we’ll call it Na’vi.”
As for the story, a second Avatar film would emphasize the spiritual aspect of the Na’vi even further than the original, he said. Avatar was primarily an action/adventure with the spiritual nature of the Na’vi at its heart. Now that audiences have embraced the Na’vi culture, Cameron can give it more weight in the sequels.
“I think we can see that there’s a greater receptivity to it on the part of the audience than certainly the studio originally imagined,” Cameron said. “We pared back on it a fair bit in the first film, and I think we can go farther in that direction and not alienate people.”
Earlier, Cameron had said he hadn’t completed a deal yet to direct the sequel. But he made clear on Sunday that he wouldn’t let anyone else direct the follow-up.
“I wouldn’t do that for the second film,” Cameron said. “It’d be premature to turn it over to somebody else right now. I think I’d have to use a film to train somebody to be able to take the reins, honestly. That’s how I see it.”
I’m all up for more spiritual stuff. One of the coolest scenes from the film, I think, was when the Na’vi performed their cross-legged prayer dance, lighting the ground up like a nightclub. I’d like to see what the Na’vi get up too at weekends. Do they even have weekends? Either way, seeing more of the Na’vi in their natural habitat would be a nice change (preferably without it being blown up).
Cameron should complete the trilogy in my opinion, and should film both 2 and 3 back-to-back so that we don’t have to wait another decade to see the third film and to cut down on cost (not that Fox need to worry about that now anyway). I’m sure another director will get their hands on Pandora in 20+ years when Fox want to reboot/prequel it, but until then I hope Cameron sees it to the end.
Is there anything you’d like to see more of in Na’vi 2: Revenge of the Fallen Tree stump?