Sam Worthingon recently talked with We Got This Covered, about the shooting plans for the upcoming Avatar sequels and noted that the film will pick up eight years after the events of the first one. “They’re going to be shooting concurrently,” Worthington said about the sequels. “The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. Whenever he says jump I go because he’s the man. I’ve read all the scripts, they’re great.”
He continued, “This is going to be Jake eight years later, and he’s got a family now. This film is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen. The world is bigger than the first one, but essentially, it’s a movie about family. Jake will still have that essence of a kid seeing the world for the first time, but he’s been living in the world for a while now, so what’s this world he’s seeing now for the first time? The film will explore that within this family dynamic.”
The film will be shot back-to-back with Avatar 3 and Avatar 4, with a fifth film also in the works. Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver are all confirmed to return in the James Cameron directed film, set to hit theaters sometime in December 2018.