This year's D23 Expo revealed some new footage for the highly-anticipated Avatar sequel, Avatar 2: The Way of Water (2022), a film many years in the making. But now, producer Jon Landau has hinted that there could be even more movies beyond Avatar 5, which isn't due out until 2028...
Before we "dive in", check out the epic new trailer for Avatar 2: The Way of Water below:
Recently, completed scenes from Avatar: The Way of Water were shown to an audience during James Cameron's speech at Digital Day, and it was revealed that the sequel is one of the "most insanely complicated movies ever".
So why the iconic director would want to make even more films beyond Avatar 5, let alone the first sequel, is unfathomable. It seems that the upcoming film has already been a near-impossible task, while Avatar 3 is near completion.
The last two films in the series, however - Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 - are still in production, but now, producer Jon Landau has hinted at even more Avatar movies beyond the fifth film, which is due out in December 2028.
Whether or not Cameron would end up directing is another matter entirely, as he recently discussed the possibility of not helming the last two confirmed movies. But here's what Landau said in a recent interview with Variety:
“We have 4 more planned. We have 2, 3, 4, and 5. Those scripts are all written. We’ve completed productions on 2, 3, and part of movie 4, so we’re ready. Let’s get through 2, 3, 4, and 5, and then — look, the ideas are there, the story ideas. You know, Pandora, we always look at as a metaphor for our world and you can tell an unlimited number of stories in our world. You can tell an unlimited number of stories on Pandora.”
So, Landau is clearly prepared to revisit the world of Pandora even after the fifth film in the series is released six years from now (and let's not forget we haven't even see Avatar: The Way of Water yet!).
With that said, it's possible the producer is thinking beyond the realm of cinema, as TV shows based on major blockbuster franchises have become increasingly common in the last couple of years.
Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Marvel are to name but a few examples, and there's no reason why the world of Avatar can't venture onto streaming services like Disney+ (after all, it has already invaded Disney Parks!).
While the idea of several Avatar movies is always possible, especially when you crunch the numbers on the original 2009 film, which remains at the top spot in the box office, we'll have to see how Avatar: The Way of Water turns out first.
Footage from the upcoming film recently wowed audiences at Disney's D23 Expo event in Anaheim, California. But everyone on the outside world won't have to wait long to see for themselves.
Prior to the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, a re-mastered version of Avatar (2009) will be re-released in movie theaters. Re-mastered elements include picture and sound. Screenings will begin on September 23, 2022.
As per 20th Century Studios, the official synopsis for Avatar: The Way of Water is:
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family, the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.
Avatar: The Way of Water stars Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), CCH Pounder (Mo’at), Giovanni Ribisi (Parker Selfridge), Joel David Moore (Dr. Norm Spellman), Dileep Rao (Dr. Max Patel), Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet), Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang.
Newcomers to the Na’vi are Cliff Curtis (Tonowari), Jamie Flatters (Neteyam), Jeremy Irwin (Young Neteyam), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak), Chloe Coleman (Young Lo’ak), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey), Bailey Bass (Tsireya), Filip Geljo (Aonung), Duane Evans Jr. (Rotxo), and Kate Winslet (Ronal).
Newcomers to the human cast are Jack Champion (Javier “Spider” Socorro), Edie Falco (General Ardmore), Michelle Yeoh (Dr. Karina Mogue), Brendan Cowell (Captain Mick Scoresby), Jemaine Clement (Dr. Ian Garvin), Oona Chaplin (Varang), and Vin Diesel and CJ Jones in undisclosed roles.
Avatar 2: The Way of Water is scheduled for release in theaters on December 16. It will be released exclusively in theaters, as well as in the following formats - Dolby Cinema, IMAX, and IMAX 3D formats.
Avatar 3 will release on December 20, 2024. Avatar 4 will follow on December 18, 2026, and Avatar 5 on December 22, 2028, respectively.