James Cameron’s Avatar was a lot of fun, and while the film most certainly had its up and downs, one thing remained constant for the entire film: Stephen Lang’s awesome performance as Colonel Miles Quaritch. Director James Cameron has now confirmed that Lang will be returning for all three sequels!
How he returns is a very good question, considering the events of the first film, but being a sci-fi movie, Cameron will have all sorts of tricks up his sleeve to bring Colonel Quaritch back. I must say this is very pleasing news as I was a huge fan of Lang’s character.
Deadline broke the news, quoting Cameron saying:
“Steven was so memorable in the first film, we’re privileged to have him back,” Cameron said. “I’m not going to say exactly HOW we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who’s also become a good friend.”
To keep you up to speed on the Avatar sequels, Sam Worthington recently revealed that Cameron is pretty much finished writing, and that filming is set to begin on the first sequel in October 2014.
A press release issued in August goes into a lot more detail about the sequels:
The three pictures will be filmed simultaneously with production beginning next year. The release of the first sequel will be in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later. AVATAR 2, 3, and 4 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Like the original film, Lightstorm will work with Joe Letteri and his team at WETA Digital to realize the worlds of the sequels.
Commented Cameron: “Building upon the world we created with AVATAR has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I’ve come to realize that AVATAR’s world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I’m pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh — all writers I’ve long admired - to join me in completing the films screenplays.”
Commented 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos: “We at the studio have no higher priority, and can feel no greater joy, than enabling Jim to continue and expand his vision of the world of AVATAR. The growing breadth and scale of Jim Cameron’s plans for his magnificent fantasy worlds continue to amaze us all.”