The sequels to Avatar have been in the works for years, but they have remained shrouded in mystery since the first movie came to theaters in 2009. Now, almost seven years later, director James Cameron is finally ready to share a few details about the story that he will explore in the four planned sequels.
“The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children,” Cameron told Variety this week in an interview about Toruk, the Cirque du Soleil prequel to Avatar that is currently in the middle of a limited run at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Cameron says that Toruk won’t have any direct connections to the movie universe, but might have a similar emotional arc: “[The sequels are] more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans. But thematically, ‘Toruk’ manages to land very very closely to the feeling of where the sequel stories are going.”
Regarding the previously announced release dates of the sequels, Cameron says we should still see Avatar 2 in two years, but that could change if necessary.
“We haven’t moved that target yet, but we will if we need to,” he said. “The important thing for me is not when the first one comes out but the cadence of the release pattern. I want them to be released as close together as possible. If it’s an annual appointment to show up at Christmas, I want to make sure that we’re able to fulfill on that promise.”