James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have announced that all three of the filmmaker’s Avatar sequels will be filmed in New Zealand. Cameron also talked a bit about what to expect from the series and even compared them to a famous Francis Ford Coppola Oscar-winning familial saga.
“It was very Jake-centric (Sam Worthington). His story seen through his eyes,” Cameron told the Associated Press about the first film. “We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It’s really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like The Godfather.”
The first Avatar sequel won’t arrive until December 2016, but Cameron says that audiences can expect a large amount of the movie to actually take place below sea level but not all, as has been reported. “There’s a fair bit of underwater stuff. It’s been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That’s not true,” Cameron admitted. “There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.”
In the end, Cameron promises that if Avatar blew your mind, just wait for what you will see from Avatar 2, 3 and 4. “It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora,” Cameron said. “We’re blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.”