'Avatar 2' might go under the sea

avatar-2Image Credit: Weta; DisneyJames Cameron says that the first sequel to Avatar won’t come out until Christmas 2014 (…which probably means the meticulous director will actually release it in summer 2016.) So we should be skeptical about any plot rumors. Still, this is too fascinating to not at least chat about: Avatar co-star Michelle Rodriguez has told the Associated Press that Avatar 2 will bet set at least partially underwater. Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, had no comment about the “underwater” plotline, but considering the director’s history with watery movies, this rumor rings at least a little bit true. Would you want to see the Avatar sequels go under the sea?

Reasons to be skeptical: Rodriguez certainly ain’t writing the movies, and isn’t even sure if she’ll be asked to return. (Considering that she died in Avatar, her chances don’t seem good. Oh, come on, we don’t need a SPOILER ALERT if the whole fricking world saw the movie, right?)  On the other hand, James Cameron is a big fan of watery movies — besides The Abyss and Titanic, he made Piranha Part Two: The Spawning and produced a couple of deep-sea documentaries. (Not to mention his work on Aquaman.) And it certainly seems likely that the director would want to explore the oceans of Pandora.

I’m a big fan of The Abyss — I think it’s Cameron’s most underrated movie — and considering that Avatar 2 will probably have an estimated budget of $∞, I’m getting goosebumps just imagining all the lavish 3-D visuals that could potentially arise from an undersea setting. I’m envisioning bio-luminescent alien fish, sea monsters with thousands of tentacles, and an Atlantean underwater kingdom. And some sort of topical save-the-ocean theme, natch. If memory serves, there was a brief shot in Avatar of an underwater species — it was during the “Let’s gather up an army” montage, right?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Excited by the possibility of Avatar 2: Beyond the Sea? Or, even better: Avatar 2: Water for Space-Elephants?

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  • Elizabeth

    Darren FTW again: love the additional character…

  • Carly

    I was probably one of the few that wasn’t “blown away” by Avatar. Yes it was visually stunning, but the storyline was just so-so. It didn’t match the grandure of the visuals. But I would be very interested to see an underwater world created by James Cameron a la Avatar world. That would be interesting.

    • Adolph H. Tlerner

      G-R-N-D-E-U-R. Grandeur, not “grandure”.

      • Me Fail English?

        Sriously. Gt it rght alrady.

    • kentvee

      There’s always one in a bunch.

  • JLC

    Just leave the marines out of it this time and do a straight Pandora adventure.

  • Monty

    If you heard any of his interviews during his promo tour for that cave movie he produced, he talked constantly about how amazing 3D is when its done underwater. This makes perfect sense.

  • booggit

    James Cameron + underwater special effects = I can hardly wait!!

  • Ed

    The underwater scene in Aliens was great, too–swimming Aliens!

    • Allen

      Swimming aliens was Alien 4 and it wasn’t James Cameron it was Jean-Pierre Jeunet. But you are right Ed, it was awesome.

    • crispy

      James Cameron had nothing to do with Alien 4.

      • Ed

        I stand corrected! And I even own both the DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the Alien Anthology…I guess they all kind of blend into one long, awesome movie in my mind.

  • AA

    Oooooh, I love The Abyss too! I’d be keen on an underwater Avatar 2, and you’re right, I think his budget would be infinite.

  • Steve

    Wasn’t this mentioned by Cameron himself a few months after the first movie came out?

    • Collin

      Yeah, I was going to say this. I’m quite certain I heard it from this website even…

  • Sissy Mike

    Avatar 3 should be entirely filmed in a burning gay bar

  • Amy

    This should be amazing. Judging from Aliens and Terminator 2, James Cameron is pretty good with sequels, and I loved the first Avatar (say what you will, I think he’s a great film-maker and I’ve never had a problem with his scripts). If this is true, it only boosts my anticipation: James Cameron mixing science fiction and the ocean sounds like a recipe for success.

  • JamesCameronOnline.com

    Jim said he wants to take a breather and spend time with his family for now. As usual, he’ll take a break in between the movies so to cut it short, we shouldnt expect a sequel for a very, very long time

  • ChatanoogaTazz

    I actually enjoyed the human element of Avatar 1 from hey im dreaming of walking or whatever and getting the chance by being birthed into this new body and new life! I dont enjoy sea or ocean movies I remember Water World and no more water movies that show worlds deadlest catch yuck! More humans or sky people will come and we will see what happens to Jake and I forget the female he stole her away from the right full ruler in the first movie when her father was killed when the sky people destroyed their home tree. Pick up from there.

  • johnny deshane

    I love when people say “”this move blowed or was horrible”” when the facts alone show it was the number 1 box office hit of ALL TIME. so obviously 90% of all you saying you hated it yet still went to see it after the reviews are just full of crap and “going with the crowd” be a man/woman and state your own opinions instead of whining and copying others >_< thanks and love to all LOL

  • Cleo

    Hey, I’m an old lady. Would be nice if 2 and 3 would come out before I croak. ;0)

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