James Cameron Says ‘Avatar 5’ Will go to Earth

Kim Taylor-Foster
Movies Sci-Fi
Movies Sci-Fi

The long wait for the first Avatar sequel comes to an end imminently, when Avatar: The Way of Water splashes onto screens on December 16, 13 years after we first landed on the moon of Pandora.

In interviews, director James Cameron has revealed that plans for the third, fourth, and fifth films are mapped out, and that there are ideas for the sixth and seventh, should the franchise create it that far. Cameron has formerly spoken about the importance of keeping the story contained to Pandora, the Alpha Centauri-located moon on which Avatar is set, but in an exclusive interview with Fandom, the director has revealed that in the fifth film, the action will transfer to Earth.

Moving the Action to Earth

Responding to a fan poll on the Avatar wiki, posted by community member MrHut, which asked users if they’d want to see a war against the nefarious organization, the Resources Development Administration (RDA), on Earth, Cameron revealed: “Well, just because it’s you guys, and you are fans, I will say that in one of the future films, not immediately next, not three, [but] actually by five, you will see action on Earth … because don’t we want to juxtapose this verdant, amazing world in its prime with an Earth a couple of hundred years from now that is the result of us if we don’t change? You want to see that contrast, right?”

Asked how the Na’vi would cope on Earth, Cameron teased, “Well, don’t you just want to see that? I certainly do.”

Avatar producer and long-time collaborator of Cameron, Jon Landau, confirmed and expanded on Cameron’s comments.

“In movie five, the idea is that we would go to Pandora, and we’d return to Earth, but show the juxtaposition,” he said. “And just like we have something to learn from Pandora, Neytiri‘s character has something to learn from the individuals of Earth too. The individuals of Earth who killed her family, the individuals of Earth who destroyed her home. It’s about seeking out and seeing different people. We have this expression [in Avatar] — ‘Oel ngati kameie’ [meaning] ‘I see you’ — and it’s her possibility to see individuals on Earth.”

How Will the Na’vi Cope With the Earth Environment?

How might the Na'vi survive on Earth?

In answer to the question of how the Na’vi would cope with the surrounding and the culture of Earth, Landau added, “Well, I think the culture that’s part of our narrative storytelling, I think that’s for audiences to see when we establish that dilemma. But just like we show humans breathing, if it’s with masks or breathing devices, we’ve establish a conceit for how that works already: when the avatars or the recoms go into the human environment, and they need the masks to breathe air, and then they could breathe air for a sure period of time, and then they need it again, it will be that same type of situation.”

We don’t yet know if Cameron and Landau will definitely obtain the possibility to create the fifth movie since everything is based on box office success but on the basis of what they’ve laid out here, it’s safe to say that it’s something that numerous Avatar fans will want to see.

Check out our full interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau and the cast of Avatar: The Way of Water below.

Kim Taylor-Foster
Kim Taylor-Foster is Entertainment Editor for Fandom in the UK. She was raised on an unsteady diet of video nasties and violent action flicks.