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James Cameron Reveals Details of AVATAR Sequel Villain

James Cameron Reveals Details of AVATAR Sequel Villain

For a franchise whose sequels are eight years in the making, and counting, famed director James Cameron has kept a lot of information close to the chest about plot details for the Avatar movies.

We know he’s shooting four–yes, FOUR–sequels, back-to-back-to-back-to-back, in a gargantuan ambitious project that only the Titanic director can maybe pull off.

Now, he’s given a bit more info regarding the main villain for the Avatar films and as you may have guessed, bad guy Stephen Lang, who portrayed the dastardly Colonel Quaditch in the original, will return for more vile action.

James Cameron told Empire;

“The interesting conceit of the Avatar sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters. There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey. But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherfucker through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”

It was not immediately clear in what form- or in what world- the severely injured Colonel would reappear, but your guess is as good as mine. Of course an eight foot, blue menace could be quite terrifying.

Speaking more generally about the narrative arc of the stories, Cameron drew some analogies to Peter Jackson’s work, and then some.

“It’s one big story. But I would say a little bit different from The Lord Of The Rings, which you knew was a trilogy and that allowed you to accept a sort of truncated ending for movies one and two and then a fulfilment. This is a greater narrative broken up into four complete stories.”

Though it’s a fool’s errand to question the narrative chops of the multiple Oscar winner, it IS fair to wonder how he’s gonna pull it off without inevitable franchise fatigue.

Well, the first movie isn’t scheduled until 2020, so there will be plenty of time to speculate.

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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