For almost a decade, James Cameron has been hard at work on his follow-ups to 2009's Avatar, the landmark sci-fi adventure movie that brought in over $1 billion at the box office and made the case for 3D at the multiplex.
And while we've gotten some casting news over the years, specific details about the sequels have been mainly shrouded in mystery... but now we may have a big one. According to a report from the BBC, the titles of the forthcoming Avatar films may have been revealed.
The story alludes to some sort of "documentation" that contains the names to all four of Cameron's planned sequels. They are reportedly Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa.
The Way of Water seems legit, as Cameron and producer Jon Landau already confirmed that the sequels will delve into the oceans of Pandora. Indeed, Bailey Bass was cast as Tsireya, "the young Neytiri of the ocean."
The Seed Bearer could refer to the fact that the Hometree of the Na'vi was destroyed in the first film on the orders of Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), who is set to be the villain for all the follow-ups. Does a citizen of Pandora hold the key (or seed) to the tree's regrowth?
We're a little stumped on The Tulkun Rider, but since the Na'vi ride dragon-like creatures called the great leonopteryx, we assume it's another type of awe-inspiring and mythical alien animal we have yet to see. Maybe it's even a type of creature that belongs to the Na'vi ocean tribes.
As for the last title, Eywa (an anagram of sorts of the traditional name for god, "Yaweh") is the name of the Na'vis' nature god that is believed to course through all living things. It is through her power (via the Tree of Souls) that Jake Sully was able to transfer his mind into his blue-skinned Avatar at the end of the first movie and it's probably how Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) will be able to return, even after she died. The Quest for Eywa seems to suggest that the Pandora deity is more than just an intangible force of nature, something that can be traced back to a physical source.
Avatar 2 doesn't arrive in theaters until Dec. 18, 2020. The subsequent sequels follow in 2021, 2024, and 2025.
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