The film even ended in a way it teased about a sequel.
Harry Knowles at AICN heard it from the “Geek God” himself.
Thanks to AICN:
Don’t know if this is newsworthy, but I just saw a Variety Screening Series showing of Avatar at the Arclight theater in Hollywood tonight, followed with a Q&A with James Cameron and two of his visual effects artists. One of the artists mentioned that they’ll never again do this for the first time, meaning that everything they did in the making of Avatar was just a lot of instinctive grasping in the dark. Cameron agreed with him. He also told him to expect the studio to want another one, as they’d passed the billion $ mark. A second film will be easier, as the technology now exists, thanks to the movie. The moderator asked if there *would* be an Avatar sequel. To which Cameron answered that the plan had always been to make a trilogy of films. Finally, Cameron actually said it: “Yes, there’ll be another.”
As I said, I’m not sure how newsworthy this is, but thought I’d pass it on.
If you use this, please call me Marcel The Negro Projectionist”
This shouldn’t even be a surprise to anyone, it was guaranteed the studio would make another after the hit the billion dollar mark.
To be honest I don’t want a sequel. Avatar is great as a stand alone film. Sure, I would like to see more of the world Cameron has created, but its not a necessity.
I hope they don’t use the “Aliens vs. Humans” as a running gag for the next film, like having them return with a vengeance or anything. But, knowing Cameron he may create a twist in the same manor he did Terminator 2.
And, really do hope he waits and til after he make the live-action Battle Angel first, then Avatar 2.
Are you ready for a return to Pandora?