1. Mediaite
  2. Gossip Cop
  3. Geekosystem
  4. Styleite
  5. SportsGrid
  6. The Mary Sue
  7. The Maude
  8. The Braiser

What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

Officially Official

Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington Are Locked In For the Avatar Sequels, If Anyone Still Cares

It’s been over four years since Avatar came out, and for most of those years we’ve known that director James Cameron is ready to get his thinly veiled metaphor on in an ever-increasing number of sequels. First it was two, then maybe three. But fans chomping at the bit to see the return of Dances With Blue, Alien Wolves will have to wait awhile, ’cause stars Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington just now officially signed on to star.

Here’s what we know about the sequels so far: There will be three of them. They will be shot back-to-back-to-back, Lord of the Rings-style, for release in December 2016, December 2017, and (presumably December) 2018. Stephen Lang, who played military baddie Colonel Quaritch, has signed on for all three, despite the fact that his character was killed by Saldana’s Neytiri at the end of the first film. Neytiri and Jake Sully (Worthington) will have kids by the time the sequels roll around, which is new info. And said sequels, unlike the first film, will not be written by Cameron. The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman is taking on the first one, while the team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Armageddon) will pen two and three, respectively.

Says Cameron:

“Jake Sully is a rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor. Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength. Zoe captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they’ll be returning with us to Pandora.”

I’m sure Worthington’s pleased, too. It’s not like his career’s done particularly well since the first Avatar. Hey-oh!

Is there anyone out there who’s genuinely excited for three Avatar sequels? I honestly want to know. At the time the first movie came out I was feeling a bit pissy about the undeserved critical acclaim it was getting (it’s not an Oscar-worthy movie), and that, combined with my still-festering hatred of James Cameron after he directed two movies that beat Star Wars at the box office, led me to perhaps be a trifle biased against a movie that I otherwise may have appreciated as a fun Hollywood blockbuster. I was being a petty Star Wars fan. I admit that. The prequels still stung (they still do), and I wasn’t ready to let go of former glory.

Blinded by my hatred, was I. But I might be a bit more open enjoy the Avatar sequels… if they’re good. How ’bout you?

(via: The Hollywood Reporter)

Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

TAGS: | | | |

  • Caitlind Oteiza

    I am intrigued by the thought of sequels and I hope they are good, but I wouldn’t say excited.

  • Troy Lenze

    I want the Pandorans to go forth and pillage the known galaxy fremen-style. Anything less than that, and I will ignore it. So, I plan on ignoring it.

  • athenia45

    Not at all.

  • Anonymous

    I saw the first one less as a film and more as a 3d experience. I’m now completely over 3d and I don’t care about the Avatar story.

  • grapefruitshampoo

    I’m pretty sure most people saw it because it was THE 3D movie back then. The story? Meh.

  • According2Robyn

    Speak for yourself, Rebecca. Personally, I can’t wait to see Softcore Porn White Messiah with Cool Explosions Part II.

  • Christy

    I’m excited for the Rifftrax of the next few films. Does that count?

  • Anonymous

    Oh goodie! It’s been a while since I’ve been to church, so go ahead. Let’s have another self-righteous rich Hollywood dude preach about how evil we all are for 3 hours through his kitty-smurfs. Cause it was so much fun the first tizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Supookeed8087

    мʏ ƈʟαѕѕмαтɛ’ѕ ѕтɛք-αυɴт мαĸɛѕ $84 ɛʋɛʀʏ нօυʀ օɴ тнɛ ʟαքтօք. ѕнɛ нαѕ вɛɛɴ ʟαιɖ օғғ ғօʀ ѕɛʋɛɴ мօɴтнѕ вυт ʟαѕт мօɴтн нɛʀ ƈнɛƈĸ աαѕ $18670 ʝυѕт աօʀĸιɴɢ օɴ тнɛ ʟαքтօք ғօʀ α ғɛա нօυʀѕ. тʀʏ тнιѕ աɛвѕιтɛ http://makesupto60dollarsperhour&#46qr&#46net/nHBl

  • Anonymous

    Not interested at all. Avatar was a generic plot with generic characters and a heavy-handed moral, and I don’t have much confidence the sequels will be better. Pretty special effects aren’t enough to make a good film.

  • Ashe

    Avatar divides me.

    I love studying the special effects, animation, design work, motion-capture…

    But I really hate droll aesops, crappy representation and White Savior® garbage. Sigh.

  • Lowprices

    I for one am looking forward to the further adventures of Space-Pocahontas and her boyfriend, Wheelchair-bound Master Chief.

  • madmogs

    Avatar was the film that taught me how horribly nauseous 3d makes me feel. Also I lost by only reason for watching when they killed off the hot Latina pilot.

  • Anonymous

    Ha! So true. And so sad but true. Wasn’t there already a Pocahontas II?

  • Raerae

    I was excited about the movie he was originally planning on doing after–Battle Angel Alita. Kick ass female cyborg bounty hunter in a dystopian future based off one of my first manga/anime series I discovered? Yes please. But it’s been pushed back again and again due to the ever increasing sequels for Avatar that I’m kind of wishing he’d just drop it instead of keeping the hope alive.

  • Rose Tyler

    Finding out Cameron isn’t writing the scripts is the first announcement that’s made me moderately interested in these movies. Cameron is a crackerjack director (he can build UNBELIEVABLE suspense), but somewhere around “Titanic,” he lost the ability to write human dialogue. But if other writers are penning the scripts, well — we might have a chance at something decent, here.

  • Anonymous

    Thats how I took the first one, and as such I enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward to seeing where things go … yes it’s problematic, but then so are many of my other favorite movies, ho hum.

  • Alice Ruppert

    I actually enjoyed Avatar and will probably watch the sequels.
    I agree that Avatar wasn’t as good as some people made it out to be, but I rather like it, despite it’s flaws. It gave me some feels.
    However… Being ‘exited’ for the sequels would still be an overstatement.

  • ACF

    I liked Avatar quite a lot. I’d definitely be up for a sequel. 3 sequels though? We’ll see.

  • Mark Brown

    Josh Friedman!!

    I’m excited about at least one of them.

  • Zefram Mann

    If they go the obvious, realistic route and have the human race come back in force and just devastate the cat-smurfs from orbit, plunging the story into a dark, Two Towers/Empire territory where the heroes are just trying to survive, much less win, then hells yeah I’d look forward to that.