With 20th Century Fox setting Avatar 2 and 3 for 2014 and 2015 Sam Worthington is probably one of the few actors who has the next few years sorted acting-wise. While 2014 is a heck of a long time for us to wait, Worthington can expect to return to Pandora in around a year or so (and when I say Pandora I mean a huge motion-capture stage in New Zealand).
The last we heard Cameron will begin work on the scripts for the currently-untitled sequels early next year, with the aim to start production towards the end of 2011. Avatar begin filming in April 2007 and was released 2 and a half years later, so we can expect a similar time-frame again (only they’ll be making two movies this time round).
Worthington recently spoke to MTV and says he will be getting more story details from Cameron next year.
“I talk to [Cameron] all the time,” Worthington said. “I talked to him last week. I think at the moment he’s still doing the [‘Avatar’] bible, the book, and I think the book will then inspire where he wants to take it,” the “Clash of the Titans” star explained. “He’s got great ideas; what he told me about, where he wants to set it, things he wants to explore. We’ll probably talk next year, and then he can fill us in on where, personally, he wants to take it, where emotionally he wants to take it.”
Regarding the sequel’s underwater setting, Worthington said only some of the action will take place in the water.
“[Cameron] is going to explore that [underwater] world,” he said. “It won’t fully take place underwater but he’s definitely going to explore — same as the mountains, he can explore more, outer space [as well] — it’s up to him,” Worthington added. “He created the world.”
Worthington also said he had “no idea” whether we will be seeing Jake Sully in human form again. At the end of the first film he transferred his mind into his Avatar but, as Worthington said, it’s Cameron’s world so he can do what he wants. He’s already suggested he wants to “keep the family together” so we may also see the return of Sigourney Weaver as a tree spirit…or an Ent.