James Cameron has revealed what we should expect in the inevitable Avatar sequels.
Unsurprisingly, it looks like Avatar 2 will continue to carry the environmentalism torch, with a distinctly ocean-bound Pandora adventure.
Speaking to the LA Times about his plans for the franchise's future, Cameron detailed how he believes he can build on the original whilst offering something new and exciting.
"We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That's not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story - not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film."
“Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment – a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.”
It also seems that rumours of a theatrical re-release were correct, as Cameron admitted that he's set to include up to six minutes of additional special effects-heavy footage for a planned Summer release.
"We're working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film - which includes a lot of Weta work - for a theatrical re-release in August. We were sold out of our IMAX performances right up to the moment until they were contractually obligated to switch to Alice In Wonderland, so we know we left money on the table there."
Quite why Cameron's still prattling on about box office receipts when he now holds the title of the 1st and 2nd biggest grossing films of all time, we're not entirely sure, but for fans of the original that precious extra six minutes should sate their Na'Vi fix until the sequel.
Which, from the sounds of it, will be a Weta Waterworld.
But then again, the plot of Avatar sounded naff before we saw it, so who are we to argue?