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Avatar Sequels Producer Compares Franchise To The Lord Of The Rings, Gives Plot Details!

Yes, it’s coming. Believe it or not, the Avatar sequels are coming. They’ve faced developmental delays, technological difficulties, coronavirus delays, but they are coming. Personally, I’m more interested to seeing whether or not audiences will come out to see the film. It’s been over a decade since the original hit theaters and ruined the theatergoing experience for several years. While Avatar was a big hit and was the highest-grossing film of all-time until last year, the franchise hasn’t exactly retained pop culture relevance in the years since. 

It also doesn’t help that we have virtually nothing to go off of. Yes, we’ve had photos of the cast and some various production press releases, but nothing of substance regarding the story. However, in a recent interview, producer Jon Landau revealed story details audiences could look forward to.

“This is the story of the Sully family and what one does to keep their family together,” Landau told New Zealand outlet RNZ. “Jake and Neytiri have a family in this movie, they are forced to leave their home, they go out and explore the different regions of Pandora, including spending quite a bit of time on the water, around the water, in the water.”

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It’s pretty bare-bones, but the potential is there for some good family drama and adventure. But again, I ask whether or not people will be interested. Landau seems to think the Avatar sequels will be a great escape. He even goes so far as to compare the film to a beloved classic trilogy.

“I think, why do people turn to entertainment today, more so than ever? I think it’s to escape, to escape the world we’re in, to escape the other pressures they have in their lives. I think with Avatar, we have an opportunity to allow people to escape to an incredible world with incredible characters that they will follow, in much the same way as Peter Jackson was able to do with Lord of the Rings, so that’s what we’re looking forward to doing.”

I think he does have a point there. Especially in today’s world, people are looking for an escape from reality. You can’t get much farther away than a fully-immersive planet, can you? But does the comment shortchange Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings a bit? It wasn’t just that those movies were an escape — they were genuinely well-told, timeless stories. While the original Avatar, by comparison, doesn’t hold up in the same way.

But who knows? The stories in these sequels could be amazing. James Cameron and co. certainly spent a lot of time on it, so here’s hoping these Avatar sequels will be worth the wait.

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