James Cameron heads back to Pandora
October 28th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

James Cameron heads back to Pandora

Forget Cleopatra – it's all about Pandora for director James Cameron.

Though he had hoped to direct Angelina Jolie in a 3-D biopic about the Queen of the Nile, Cameron will now have his hands full with not one, but two sequels to his 2009 blockbuster "Avatar," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first "Avatar," starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, told the story of a greedy corporation trying to rob the moon Pandora and its blue Na'vi people of the rich mineral unobtainium. The 3-D sensation went on to gross $2.8 billion worldwide.

"We'll continue to follow the same people on the same planet," producer Jon Landau revealed at the 3-D Media Markets conference yesterday, adding that the films could venture into new territory. "We might go underwater."

The "Avatar" sequels are set for release in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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  1. Vince

    Can you say Pocahontas. Avatar stolen from that classic tale.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. theresa

    So "jeff" and "megs"; you two appearing in the sequel to dumb & dumber???!

    October 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Woah your are so behind the times they already did a sequel as a prequel to Dumb and Dumber but for some reason I seem to have to explain my comment. If you did not notice that the we as in any race never give up and come back and take what we want, example the American Indians land. Avatar being a very good movie is not how it would be if it were to happen at all.

      October 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John G.

    Avatar is a blue version of Pocahontas. Now think about it and you'll agree..

    October 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobz

    James cameron has the most successful trackrecord per capita film of any dir. Except GL. He wrote T1, aliens, and the abyss in 90 days flat back to back and directed them all. He's never made a flop. Cuz he understands character, arch, conflict, and technology. To his credit i believe he dummed down the plot of avatar for int'l audience. He certainly CAN write engaging characters (see Abyss). He knows exactly what he's doing. Howevevr i doubt that the next two will quite teach the levels of thr first bug i predict each will eclipse$ 1B mark internationally.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Bobz it was not the Abyss with that group it was Rambo First Blood part 2, which Stallone took over wrting and used his version versus Camerons. He did the Abyss like 4 years later.

      October 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kelly

    James Cameron ripped off Roger Dean's artwork. Check it out...I will NEVER see this film!

    October 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Avatar Smurf

    Remember that Cameron had the Avatar story about 20 years ago. He was just waiting for the right time and technology to give it life..all that time and don't you think he was also planning sequels. Its not gonna flop!

    October 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    Great directors make Awesome films and Awesome Sequels.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lobster

    I thought they already made a Fern Gully 2

    October 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jaime

    Hmm terminator 2 and aliens were so awesome I'm quite sure mr. Cameron will be able to make at least one, if not both sequels excellent. Let's not forget evil dead 2, the empire strikes back, x-men 2, the two towers and others. These films were great and successful in their own right and all sequels. I'm sure that

    October 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Evil Dead 2 really is just a remake of the first Evil Dead, it is still awesome no matter what!

      October 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mok

      Evil Dead was made to be a somewhat-serious movie but Bruce Campbell indicated that ED2 was meant to be more satire than serious.

      October 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. aeforre

    Sweet! looking forward to it.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. silly boy

    show the blue hot girl naked

    October 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mok

    If Zoe Saldana isnt in it, im not going to be happy

    October 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nasser

    I believe from past experience that sequels to blockbusters have always (or nearly always) been big flops. Let's just hope avatar will be an exception...

    October 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonylegend

      Was Terminator 2 a flop? And that movie was also directed by James Cameron.....


      October 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mok

      Your case has been re-opened:
      T-2 did not suck at all

      October 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Sequel to a Sequel Terminator 3 – Big time flop! Now Terminator Salvation did just that saved the franchise.

      October 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bills Dollar

    Avatar was awesome, and everyone that dowing it and the sequels will still probably see it, weather its in the theater or on dvd, you are still shellin out for it, cause the bootleg will probably be crap. So feel free to trash it now, but remember that at the ticket window when you say "2 for Avatar please"

    October 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jonah

    I liked it and will see the sequels, but you people who don't like it are hilarious.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jimmy

    I really enjoyed the first one. It's a must see in an IMAX in my opinion. It didn't feel too long for me. Looking forward to the sequel(s).

    October 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. gelbkreuz

    My hope for the sequel: Costner time travels to face the Great Bluedini from this movie. They can exchange epic dialog such as 'Leave the girl out of this!' and 'Ta-tanka' before diving shirtless off flaming buildings as hordes of civil war union soldiers and halliburton employees chase after them.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  18. Eric

    So..Let me get this straight..A sequel where the movie takes place on an alien planet and they go under water. Wasn't that star wars?

    October 28, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mok

      Cameron > Lucas
      But thats just me. Id rather see Avatar underwater than Star Wars...not to mention, thats where that idiot JarJar was from.

      October 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Al Vattar

    "Avatar II: The Blue-ening".

    October 28, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  20. tcookie

    Maybe this time they can afford to come up with a better name than "Unobtainium".

    October 28, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • gelbkreuz

      They will. they'll just call it oil finally.
      nyuk-nyuk durka-durka!

      October 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Megs

    @ Jeff...my husband and I couldn't agree more! Thanks for telling it the way it really is!

    October 28, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  22. Ethan

    Let me know when it's finally time for Battle Angel.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jeff

    I hope the sequel is more like real life where the corporation comes back in force and takes the planet and forces those blue skinnys to live on reservations and give them casinos.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  24. Mike

    So, Jim Cameron has enough material for 2 sequels in the works.... already!
    The original was way better than I ever imagined, and I didn't even get to see it in 3D or on the big screen yet.
    Looking forward to the sequels.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  25. kiki

    Avatar was way too long. I hope he cuts the sequels down a bit.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      If you really think that then you might want to consider getting tested for attention deficit disorder.

      October 28, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  26. bob the builder

    these are gonna flop...

    October 28, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Gustavo

      Define flop. If only half the people see it, it's still a billion dollar movie.

      October 28, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Name the last time James Cameron uncorked a flop. Then list all the box office successes he's had since then.

      October 28, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • bob the builder

      im just saying...Avatar made its money off its visuals. It was the first of its kind and i admitt i saw it a few times in theaters. Now that all that the visuals are old news these movies are going to have to rely more on story...which was not a strong point in the first.

      October 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury


      October 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • someguy02

      I read the same comment regarding the 1st one, LOL!!

      October 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • rengoelj

      Completely agree with your reasoning. I enjoyed Avatar only for the visual aspects. I found the main characters unrealistically idiotic. The fact that it too Sam Worthington more than half the movie to figure out that destroying natural resources are bad and that the Na'vi are one with nature was uncomfortable to watch. My 4 year old could have gotten the moral of the story faster than he did. If these sequels are to succeed, the story and characters need to be amped up considerably.

      October 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. cheefsfury


    October 28, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexandra

      Agreed! I was disappointed in Avatar, waste of money when I already own Pocahontas.

      October 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |

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