Variety caught up with James Cameron to talk about Avatar, both the movie franchise and the Cirque du Soleil Avatar prequel show Toruk, which is currently doing a four-night run at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In the interview, Cameron revealed a bit about what his next three Avatar movies will be about, and no, the answer wasn’t “blue cats doin’ it” although that is implied.
“The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”
I told you it was about blue cats doin’ it.
Avatar 2: Return to Planet Catsex (not the real title, unfortunately) was originally slated to release during the Christmas season of this year to coincide with the opening of the Avatar attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and then Cameron planned to release another one each year through 2018, but that’s been delayed. At the time of the delay, the first sequel was rescheduled for 2017; now Variety pegs it for “Christmas 2018 — at least for now.”
“We haven’t moved that target yet, but we will if we need to. 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.”
It bodes well that Cameron is serious about getting these right, but we’re still a little worried about the promise he made that these sequels would make you “sh*t yourself with your mouth wide open.” That doesn’t sound like a feature as much as it sounds like a threat.