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?

James Cameron’s The Story of Science Fiction – Alien Communication

AMC recently aired the first episode of a series by James Cameron entitled “The Story of Science Fiction”. The episode was about alien contact and speculation on how we could communicate with them. Our own Paul Frommer was featured with some insights on language and how it can define how we think and build our cultures (the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis). The episode can be viewed on the AMC app, and there is an excellent post on the AMC Blog.

Some highlights:

Q: People now speak Avatar‘s Na’vi all over the world. What’s that like for you?

A: The thing that has really astonished and delighted me is that people in different parts of the world have embraced the language to the point where they use it for real communication. As I’ve often told people, I get emails written to me that are entirely in Na’vi. I have a blog where people can ask questions and comment and offer suggestions, very often entirely in the language. The fact that it’s not just a curiosity but also a tool people use to communicate has blown me away and made me very proud.

Q: Language is constantly changing. Has Na’vi been molded by the fans in the past ten years that people have been using it?

A: At this point, there’s a core group of people who have embraced the language to the point where they know it extremely well — and so it is continuing to evolve. The most obvious place is that the vocabulary continues to grow. I don’t know exactly how many words we have at this point – I think it’s probably around 2,500 or so — which is not huge, by any means. As native speakers of English, we probably have a passive vocabulary of something like 40,000 words. …But, people want to be able to use the language in all sorts of different contexts, some of which have nothing to do with Pandora. So, for instance, people want to know how to say “download,” how to say “blog,” “telephone,” “computer.” [Laughs] So we are constantly coming up with new vocabulary. It’s not just specialized stuff, but also basic words for everyday activities. It’s an evolving process, so to that extent the language continues to grow.