James Cameron’s Avatar is the opium of the film lovers. It became the highest-grossing film of all time and created a Na’vi fan base. Now Cameron, in an interview with Variety magazine, has revealed the storyline and the date of release of the sequel.
When released in 2009, Avatar changed the Hollywood genre of alien-attack movies. In Hollywood, when a rapidly moving object or spaceship takes a pre-determined course towards earth, it always tends to reach United States airspace. There are chances of it landing in New York, or coming close to the president’s doorstep. Aliens come with an agenda of colonising the earth, and the Americans fight to save the earth. In the 1996 movie Independence Day, US president in the movie made the fourth of July the Independence Day of the world. There were few exceptions like Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which showed the relation between a boy and a stranded alien.
In Avatar, we, the humans, became the villains. The film discussed themes like conflict between human beings and nature, imperialism, colonisation, industrialisation and spirituality. Pandora was a tribute to the world we have lost, and the film was open to self interpretation. In the words of Cameron, everybody sees the film through their own lens of life and reality. The film received mostly positive reviews, but there was criticism, too. The film’s anti-imperialist message did not go down well with industrial and military lobbies. For some Americans, the film showed their country being defeated in a war. From the name of the film to its theme, the movie was centred on culture and identity. The world today is fast becoming devoid of dharma or righteousness. In the movie, Jake Sully showed to the world what it meant to be righteous.
Avatar 2 will follow Jake Sully and Neytriri and their children. “It's more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans," Cameron said. There are four sequels to Avatar. Cameron said that the first sequel would come out in December 2018, followed by Avatar 3 in 2020, Avatar 4 in 2022 and Avatar 5 in 2023. He wants them to be released as close to each other as possible. Let us hope Jake Sully has become more righteous, and that the fans are ready to imbibe some of dharma.