With a little over three years until the long awaited Avatar sequels James Cameron just tanked any interest in the ongoing series with a single press release. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the children of Pandora. Apparently Jake and Neytiri have been busy in the passing years as they now (somehow) have a horde of children, many of which will take center stage in the sequels.
While this may seem like a logical jumping off point for James Cameron to take when he approached development of the films it essentially changes the entire tone of franchise. Now not everyone is from the same family but there are so many kids that it is impossible for them not to be the main focus of at least one of the movies.
While this may seem like a good marketing ploy to grab the younger generation (who, by the time this gets released, will not have been born when the first one was released) by changing the focus of the films from nature vs. technology the series loses its dramatic punch. One gets the feeling that with enough CGI Cameron could easily just remake Ferngully: The Last Rainforest with an Avatar bent to it.
Of course it is still too early to judge. With nearly three years to go and no actual footage to be seen all we can do is speculate. Cameron may pull a rabbit out of his hat and justify the existence of these sequels. On the other hand he could prove to be the next George Lucas and we could be watching the evolution of the Star Wars prequels for a new generation. Only time will tell.
L-R: Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak of the Sully Family), Filip Geljo (Aonung of the Metkayina Clan), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey of the Sully Family), Bailey Bass (Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan), Jack Champion (Javier “Spider” Socorro), and Jamie Flatters (Neteyam of the Sully Family, standing).