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It’s been almost five years since the first Avatar movie arrived in theaters, wowing audiences with it’s crisp visual effects and eye-popping 3D. There’s no denying that the James Cameron picture paved the way for a new age of 3D with his sci-fi film, and he’s promised us two sequels for awhile now. Are we possibly close to a release date? We’re not sure, but James Cameron and company say that we are.

Now before you start getting huffy about the comparison of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 to The Godfather trilogy, don’t  be alarmed. James Cameron was just merely comparing the two in regards to it’s family-centric story, which he states in a brief interview (via The Associated Press):

It was very Jake-centric. His story seen through his eyes. We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It’s really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like The Godfather.

For years we’ve been promised a sequel with no release date, but it’s finally been set. Avatar 2 is supposedly set to be released in December of 2016. We’re not entirely sure if James Cameron and company are going to have everything shot and ready to go by that point but we’ll see. At least he’s putting together the production, and in New Zealand nonetheless. Peter Jackson has been taking advantage of the lush landscapes of that country for years with his Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, so why shouldn’t Cameron? Besides, we’re going to be seeing a lot more worlds outside of the fictitious land of Pandora in the sequels:

It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We’re blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.

The big question now is whether or not anybody has interest in seeing an Avatar sequel or two. In some ways Avatar was a gimmick-esque movie, a surprise hit of the time due to the technology. We live in a time and age where technology continues to upgrade itself every six months, and Avatar isn’t looking too well with a few years on the film. Could James Cameron and company missed the boat on the Avatar craze that the world was going through? Perhaps, but we won’t know until the sequel comes out, that is whenever it does so.

Do you still want to see sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar?

Source: Slashfilm