James Cameron, the creator and director of the Avatar franchise, recently teased the possibility of the fifth film in the franchise taking place, at least in part, on Earth. While Cameron’s tease was a little light on detail, his longtime creative partner, producer Jon Landau, was a little more forthcoming about how Avatar 5 would include a trip to Earth.
In an interview with i09, Landau explained that a portion of the plot will involve Zoë Saldaña‘s Neytiri headed to the third rock from the sun. “In movie five there is a section of the story where we go to Earth,” said Landau, “and we go to it to open people’s eyes, open Neytiri’s eyes, to what exists on Earth.” Earth, of course, is the home planet of the RDA, the Research Development Administration, which serves as the main antagonist of 2009’s Avatar as the come to strip Pandora of its natural resources.
As Landau explains, part of Neytiri’s journey there is to come to understand that there’s more to Earth than the RDA. “Earth is not just represented by the RDA”, he pointed out. “Just like you’re defined by the choices you make in life, not all humans are bad. Not all Na’vi are good. And that’s the case here on Earth. And we want to expose Neytiri to that.”
Avatar 5 is currently slated for a December 22nd, 2028 release and there’s obviously a lot of story to tell between now and then. Given Cameron’s commitment to the franchise and his continued desire to push the limits of what’s possible in the realm of visual effects, it’s fun to think about what advances might be developed in the next 6 years and what kind of spectacle Avatar 5 might end up being!
Avatar: The Way of Water premieres December 16th!