Innovative filmmaker James Cameron, known for pushing the boundaries of cinema, recently took part in the music podcast, Soundtracking with Edith Bowman, where he spoke about an important change in the forthcoming Avatar films.
Avatar: The Way of Water, which only premiered a month ago has already become the mass phenomenon that it promised to be. With almost two billion dollars collected at the worldwide box office, the success of the movie has confirmed that viewers have been longing to return to Pandora after 13 years of waiting.
In the last couple of weeks, a multitude of promotional interviews have gone viral, both with the cast and the director. Speaking about their filming experience, it was clear that the second installment was shot in parallel to the third and the fourth, with the aim of saving on costs, in addition to avoiding the growth of adolescent and child actors.
Cameron, during his interview with the Soundtracking with Edith Bowman revealed that the third Avatar film will have a different narrator, replacing Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), who introduced people to the world of Pandora and the Na’vi in the first two installments.
In fact, a different narrator will feature for each of the remaining three sequels. During the podcast, Cameron gave away the spoiler that Jake Sully’s son, Lo’ak (Britain Dalton) will take over the narration in part three.
“I’m giving away something here, but this is OK. I think it could be intriguing for people to think about what’s coming. Jake was our voiceover narrator for movie one and for movie two, and we have a different narrator for each of the subsequent films. We see it through the eyes of a different character. Movie three is through Lo’ak’s eyes,” says Cameron.
He also admits: “I’m going to take a moment when the dust clears to assess what people loved and what they responded to the most in this current release, and then I may go back and tinker a little bit [with ‘Avatar 3’]. We may go back and do a couple of moments here and there. It won’t be radical, but maybe fine-tune it a bit to emphasize that which people are responding to.”
For now, we will have to wait until December 20, 2024 to see what these statements translate into. What is clear is that Avatar will continue to make history in the film industry for generations to come.