‘Avatar 2’ and ‘3’ Details Revealed in James Cameron Dateline Interview

The director is writing the second and third films together, and reveals that he is creating new planets for this franchise.

James Cameron recently sat down with Dateline to discuss Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which the director reveals will include never-before-seen new planets. James Cameron also explained that he will be writing the scripts for both films together, so that all three Avatar movies will follow one long story arc. You can checkout the interview, along with a transcript, below.

First, James Cameron discussed the fact that he is writing both scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 together, and that much of this next sequel will take place underwater. He also reveals that we will see new planets in these next two films in the franchise.

"It takes place on Pandora. I'm writing the second and third films together. It completes a three-film story arc. We will see the ocean of Pandora, which we haven't seen at all. That is an eco-system that I am dying to design. It's going to look spectacular. It narrows the spotlight. Instead of the rain forest or nature, it focuses on ocean issues. Because we have a planet that is a blue planet. If you look at it from a distance, earth is a lot more blue than it is brown...Than it is land mass. We are making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now. For a lot of reasons. This is the chance to focus a little bit of energy in that direction. And there will be other planets as well, aside from Pandora. It will be a cornucopia. It will be a treat for the eyes."

James Cameron then gave his team of artists most of the created for the imaginative worlds that we will see on screen.

"I get to image things at a fuzzy level. Than I bring in a lot of great artists. They come up with all the amazing creatures and plants."

Finally, James Cameron let fans know that he will not be pushing the environmental aspects of the storyline any harder than he did in the original Avatar.

"This is a continuation of the same story at a greater level. I want people to feel that same sense of excitement about this world, and the fictional Na'vi people. I want them to feel that excitement of discovering a new world. All the things they haven't seen. The package of the first movie will be there. The themes will be there, and played out in a way that I think people can accept. I am not going to become more strident. I am not going to say, "Well, we got away with this much environmental content in the first one, now I am going to double it. I think that would be a mistake. It has to be entertainment first and foremost."

Avatar 2 comes to theaters November 2017 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Avatar 3 comes to theaters November 2018 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.

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Comments (29)

  1. JasonKat

    If Cameron did a transformers film, bumble bee would bbitch slap sam for cheating on him with megan fox.
    PS i love this guy's movies. (james). Hes a story-teller. Unlike other directors, he gives us outstanding fxs as well as great stories and never leaves plot holes. AVATAR is the grestest film ever made in our lifetime. not even star wars can top this. unless star wars ever went the avatar route then we might have a tie. :P and i dont mean in a love story, i mean the cgi landscaping. and a powerhouse event.

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  2. ollie-styrene

    @angelheart1016, Good to hear there are more people who eagerly awaits part 2 and 3.. P.S. i also think Cameron is bold with his environmental angle.. its not too much, but just so he gets your attention..

    3 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  3. angelheart1016

    In religions we worship Gods but in movie, we worship James Cameron..haha...

    3 years agoby @angelheart1016Flag

  4. angelheart1016

    @ollie-styrene, I am totally agree with you, your comment is just like music to my ears

    3 years agoby @angelheart1016Flag

  5. ollie-styrene

    Sounds very interesting,.. very curious how he will incorporate new planets.. I believe in this and love the first one... Cameron is one of my faves, he`s as important as Lucas when it comes to innovation in fx..... Bay sucks donkey balls compared to this guy..

    3 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  6. ROFLitschristian

    @felipe-11 I chose neither, just cause I'm that kind of guy :)

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  7. Worth5Bucks

    @moviegeek lol so true

    3 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  8. Replicant

    @ROFLitschristian What I'm saying is are you gonna watch his movies or invite the guy over to your house for a few beers?

    He's a director > He does it well > Let him keep doing it.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  9. K.Guy

    @ghostman If many times, hopefully he'll be there next year on spring break. My next vacation.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  10. ChiRep_1

    I'm sorry James Cameron did you say something? All I heard was, "$$$$$."

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  11. ROFLitschristian

    @felipe-11 I'm not saying he's a bad director. I mean, he has made the 2 biggest films of all time. I just cannot stand his personality. He's a narcissistic ass monger and someone needs to slap him a few.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  12. Replicant

    @ROFLitschristian I don't know why you hate him, all his films are great (or at least you have to admit "good"), he's incredibly involved with every aspect of the film (from writing to art direction), and he's a complete special effects innovator (almost every film he's made has changed the VFX industry (Abyss, T2, Titanic, Avatar).

    The only reason I can imagine people hate on him is cause he said "I'm the king of the world" jokingly when he got the Oscar, which some people took way too seriously...

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  13. Replicant

    @jasonkat The great thing about James Cameron is that he knows exactly where to stop without giving people too much or too little of a franchise; he didn't milk Terminator (he had nothing to do with the ones after T2) and he only made a sequel to another great movie that deserved a sequel (Aliens).

    If this were Michael Bay we'd already be seeing "Terminator 9: Hot Killer Machines" and "Titanic 3: Revenge of Di Caprio"

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  14. ROFLitschristian

    I don't know why you guys support him. He's nothing but a self-absorbed piece of trash.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  15. Ghostman

    @kguy Same here, have to hang around Disney World, he might be there more than once.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  16. K.Guy

    @ghostman One day...ONE DAY I'll meet him!

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  17. JasonKat

    I will see these in 2d, not 3d, and prob will buy them on bluray as well. Hope part3 is the end. i dont want this guy milking them over n over.

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  18. Ghostman

    @kguy I almost got to meet James Cameron yesterday when he was at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, but I wasn't able to go to Disney World that day, since i had to take care of yard work instead :(

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  19. K.Guy

    @moviegeek It's not gonna happen

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  20. ejk1

    Not really anticipating these films right now, but I will probably see them when they are released.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  21. Brizzy

    Sounds amazing

    3 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  22. Sean

    Yeah, that will be interesting to see.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  23. moviegeek

    I'd love to see someone actually pass on watching this, no matter how much they hate the original :P please..

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  24. red_ruddy

    so no jake sully?
    avatar sucked anyway

    3 years agoby @red-ruddyFlag

  25. Darkmarkman

    The first was a pile of CG crap, I will pass on this load of garbage as well.

    3 years agoby @darkmarkmanFlag

  26. slysnide

    Good JC, good. At least he won't try to repeat the first film, and can actually make something out these sequels.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Someone sure does love mother nature

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  28. Ghostman

    Can't wait to see what Cameron thinks of next with these sequels!

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

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