Last year James Cameron said the sequels to Avatar would be “focusing on the oceans on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative” as the rain forest environment we saw in the first film.
While exploring the depths of Pandora will prove a technical and visual challenge (performance-capture underwater, for example), it will give Cameron the opportunity to slip in some environmental issues causing concern here on Earth.
Cameron recently spoke to ABC’s Nightline about the ocean issues which will be present in the sequel, and you can watch the interview using the player below:
I didn’t mind Cameron’s environmental themes in the first film as it’s welcoming to see a popular movie with a message, but at the same time it’s good to know he won’t be overbearing with the environmental issues in the sequels, admitting that “it has to be entertainment first and foremost.”
Avatar 2 has a release date of December 2014 and Avatar 3 will hit a year later in December 2015. Back-to-back filming of the sequels will begin sometime next year.