Director James Cameron isn't just making on sequel to his smash-hit film Avatar, he's giving us four. As he's said previously, the five-film cycle will go further into the history of the first film's characters, and will become a generational tale. In other words, Jake and Neytiri are probably already getting busy making little Na'vi children, who may be fully grown by the time Avatar 5: Too Hot to Handle comes rolling into whatever holographic theaters will be in use at the time.
With all of the technical sci-fi wizardry on display, some may have wondered if the series will ever venture to planets other than Pandora, the main location for all of the first film, as well as the theme park attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom. According to producer Jon Landau, we're there to stay.
In a new video interview from Inside the Magic, Landau says that all four Avatar sequels will stay focused on the planet that "wants to kill you and eat your guts for Jujubes," as Stephen Lang's character said in the first film. Just because we're staying on Pandora doesn't mean we're done experiencing weird new locations and new cultures — he makes it clear that the first movie only dealt with one tribe and one location on a vast planet, and there are tons of other civilizations and locales that are based there that may do things quite differently that our familiar Omaticaya clan.
As he says, "As we’ve moved on with the sequels to Avatar, we made a very conscious decision to stage the whole four sequels on Pandora." The reason behind this? According to him, "We’re going to go to totally different environments, we’re going to meet different cultures. Just like our planet is as diverse culturally as we are environmentally, we want to introduce people to different cultures." We met a few outlying cultures in the first movie (while Jake and Neytiri are gathering the clans for battle) but this sounds like they're gonna kick it up a notch.
As for Pandora itself, it's more than just one valley and one giant tree — it's enormous, and definitely big enough for all the 3-D adventuring that we could possibly need. We also have further confirmation that the sequels will deal with Pandora's oceans — "We don’t need to go to another world if we want water, we’re going to go to the oceans of Pandora," Landau says.
Going by the nighttime Day-Glo look of the Pandora valley we already know, we're very curious (and more than a little nervous) about what the underwater life might be like in this place.
One final detail that Landau spills is also pretty interesting, and it deals with the Pandora: The World of Avatar attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The area (and the rides within it) take place after the events of the first film — during a time of relative peace, you could say. There may be creatures you didn't see in the film on the Flight of Passage ride, but you may see them in a sequel. According to Landau, "Some of those creatures that you see [on Flight of Passage] — don’t be surprised if they show up in the films."
What surprises does the rest of Pandora have in store for us? Does the entire planet worship nature? Do they all speak the same language, or at least something close to it? Are some Na'vi on the other side of the planet really, really into certain ships on Riverdale? We'll have to wait and see... even though nothing can teach us to see, after all.