“Return To Pandora” was the original tagline for Avatar back in 2009, now it seems like it’s a more fitting suggestion whenever the new Avatar sequels are released. Yes, we will return, hopefully sooner than later, but once the sequel to Avatar is released the third and fourth movies won’t be too far behind.
During the premiere of the new TV political drama for the USA Network, Political Animals, at the Morgan Library in New York City, Sigourney Weaver confirmed that three Avatar sequels (that’s Avatar 2, 3 and 4) will shoot concurrently. She doesn’t know how long it will take, how it will work, or when it will start; but she can confirm that all three movies will be made at the same time. Weaver said at the premiere about working on the Avatar sequel projects, “I just show up.”
So we know she comes back to Pandora after her character dies in the first film and she’ll come back to all three of the sequel films too. Stephen Lang has also indirectly stated time and time again that he’ll be back in the Avatar world, but who knows for how many movies. If James Cameron can bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger for a Terminator sequel in 1992 then he can bring back Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang for the Avatar follow-ups.
In interviews, James Cameron has often stated that the Avatar sequels will expand the Avatar universe. The movies may explore the oceans and the surrounding planets of Pandora. Perhaps Avatar 2 will be like Avatar meets The Abyss while Avatar 3 will be like Avatar meets Aliens and maybe Avatar 4 will be like Avatar meets Titanic with Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoë Saldana) as the Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) roles. But more likely, Avatar 3 and 4 will be one continuous storyline split into two-parts like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2.