James Cameron Says ‘Avatar 2’ Story Goes to ‘Dark Places’, Calls the Four Sequels an ‘Emotional Rollercoaster’

Text from online article at slashfilm.com

“Did you hear? There are several Avatar sequels coming out! It feels as if we’ve been talking about them for almost a decade…because we have. But James Cameron‘s big, expensive, expansive sci-fi epics will soon begin rolling out in theaters, and we’re learning more and more about them as time marches on. Cameron recently dropped some knowledge regarding the emotional stakes of the upcoming films – from the “dark places” characters go to in Avatar 2, to the “emotional rollercoaster” of the franchise as a whole.

“While speaking with the Empire podcast, James Cameron provided some vague but potentially enticing details about the many Avatar sequels awaiting us in the not-too-distant-future. In regards to Avatar 2, due out next December, Cameron revealed that star Sam Worthington had to go to some dark places with his character, Jake Sully. As Cameron tells it, Jake’s marriage to Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) is pushed to the breaking point due to some dispute. A big part of the turmoil between the couple will be seen through the eyes of their many children.

“There’s a three-page argument scene between Jake and Neytiri, a marital dispute, very, very critical to the storyline,” Cameron said. “I wound up shooting it all from the point of view of the eight year old hiding under the structure and peeking in.”

“This is all part of the heightened emotional stakes the characters go through throughout the course of the next four sequels.

“Having gone through the experience with [Sam Worthington] on Avatar,” Cameron continued, “I now knew how to write the Jake character going forward across the emotional rollercoaster of the next four movies. It’s been tough on him. He’s done two pictures back to back now, because we did 2 and 3 together. He had to go to some dark places.”

“Cameron’s underlining of the emotional through-line in the sequels reads like a deliberate attempt to prove that Avatar is more than just pretty pictures. Whenever I think of the first Avatar, I immediately think of the visuals, and the special effects – and little else. I can barely recall the storyline, or the character motivations – and I’m sure I’m not alone. Perhaps Cameron is aware of this, and determined to make sure the sequels avoid this problem by upping the emotional, personal elements on display.”

Disney’s Pandora Background Music Now on iTunes!

The awesome soundtrack of the Valley of Mo’ara can be found at:


On the first track, you will hear the sounds of the Flight of Passage experience. Can you hear the following Na’vi words and phrases spoken by your Na’vi guide?

  • Alaksi srak? Nong oet!
  • Fìfya’o!
  • Nìler.
  • Nari si.
  • Tam. Var kivä.
  • Tsun tivam.
  • May’ fìkem sivi.
  • Eywa ftxoley.
  • Alaksi lu nga. Tsun fìkem sivi.
  • Tsun nga fìkem sivi.
  • Siva ko!
  • Soleia!
  • Makto ko.
  • Eywa’eveng. Oey kelku.
  • Nìn tsat, sätaron.
  • ’Ä’ … Ke li!
  • Oel ngati kameie.

More Sequel Teasers from MovieWeb

With the title: “All 4 Avatar Sequels Have Wrapped, James Cameron Shares New Video“, the latest VideoWeb.com article by Kevin Burwick shares some more info about the Avatar sequels.

… “Story details about the Avatar sequels is being kept under wraps for the time being, but the titles have all reportedly leaked. The sequels will be titled, Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa. These titles have yet to be officially confirmed, but they are rumored to come from official documents from the set. They could end up being placeholders for the real titles, so hopefully we’ll have the real information soon.”

More MovieWeb.com posts from earlier can be found at https://movieweb.com/avatar-sequels-pandora-theme-park-crossover/ and https://movieweb.com/avatar-2-3d-technology-updates-james-cameron/.


The Na’vi Shaman’s Song

Have you experienced the Na’vi River Journey at Disney’s ‘Pandora’ and wondered what the Na’vi Shaman is singing?

Here are the lyrics…

Awstengyawnem  (Connected as one),
Ma Sa’nok aNawm  (O Great Mother).
Atokirina’  (Woodsprites)…
Awnga leym, lereym san  (We cry out, calling),
Ma Eywa  (O Eywa)!
Ma Eywa  (O Eywa)! 
Ma Eywa  (O Eywa)!

Ma Na’rìng alor  (O beautiful forest),
Mì Na’rìng lu tsngawpay  (There are tears in the forest).
Atokirina’  (Woodsprites)…
Awnga leym, lereym san  (We cry out, calling),
Ma Eywa  (O, Eywa)!
Ma Eywa  (O, Eywa)!
Ma Eywa  (O, Eywa)!

Tìnewfa leNa’vi  (By the People’s will),
Na’rìng tìng lawr  (The forest is singing).
Atokirina’  (Woodsprites)…
Awnga leym, lereym san  (We cry out, calling),
Ma Eywa  (O Eywa)!
Ma Eywa  (O Eywa)!
Ma Eywa  (O Eywa)!

The Na’vi River Journey is amazing. Have you been there? Can you still hear the song?