If Avatar: The Way of Water and the as-yet untitled Avatar 3 perform at the box office, the James Cameron will be making Avatar 4 and Avatar 5. Now producer Jon Landau has said in an interview that fifth and final movie won’t all be set on Pandora.
Other than flashbacks and some deleted scenes n the special edition, we haven’t really seen Earth at all in the world of these movies. Landau confirmed to io9 that the final film will make use of Earth as a setting:
“I wasn’t going to talk about it, but I’ve now subsequently heard that Jim has talked about it a little bit. In movie five there is a section of the story where we go to Earth. And we go to it to open people’s eyes, open Neytiri’s eyes, to what exists on Earth.
Earth is not just represented by the RDA. Just like you’re defined by the choices you make in life, not all humans are bad. Not all Na’vi are good. And that’s the case here on Earth. And we want to expose Neytiri to that.”
Should the next couple of movies not hit the required level of financial performance to make the fourth and fifth instalments, then he also said they have a a plan:
“I think right now we want each movie to do exactly what the first movie did. We want [audiences] to go, ‘Wow. Where else could they go? They just showed us everything on Pandora.’ Then you go, ‘Holy cow. They’re going to the oceans. Wow. The oceans are amazing.’ Okay, that’s over. Where can it go?
Same thing from an emotional story. We end the [first] movie with Jake and this transformation. But we’ve suffered the loss of [Sigourney Weaver’s character] Grace, and we’ve suffered other things. We want people to come out of this movie with an emotional resolution that both calls for a yearning to go back to those characters and to the world.”
Landau also says they have already picked the titles for all of the movies. Avatar: The Way of Water opens in cinemas later this week.