Sigourney Weaver has said there’s a very good reason why there will be four Avatar sequels…and it’s not just because the first Avatar made $2.7 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film in history.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Weaver said that James Cameron wanted to return to Pandora to refresh the theme of how humanity has impacted on the environment and native peoples. She said:
“There’s a very good reason why it turned out to be four sequels. Having read all four of them, I think they’re absolutely extraordinary and worth the wait. These films are very much about the peril of this beautiful planet, and [Cameron] is continuing the same themes of greed and callousness of the corporations and plight of the indigenous people. At this point after a long and very satisfying career — I can’t believe it’s been 40 years, but anyway — I’m very excited to be able to work on these four stories. I can really, really appreciate it.”
Weaver also said it should be easy to return to the world as the first film has already established the characters and themes. Which doesn’t explain how her character Dr. Grace Augustine will be resurrected after dying in the original movie.
The whole venture feels risky. Cinema-going audiences have moved on since Avatar made its bow in 2009 and there’s an apathy brewing for cinematic universes – so it feels like the wrong time to ask people to invest in four movies.
Avatar 2 is set to arrive in cinemas on Dec 18, 2020.