After Avatar became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, a sequel was all but inevitable. Somehow, though, director James Cameron has convinced 20th Century Fox to be patient in exploiting the franchise, and more than four years later, we still aren’t close to seeing the next installment. However, that hasn’t stopped Cameron from talking about what’s next for Pandora. And in an interview with The Associated Press, Cameron revealed a few small details about the movie:

It's going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We're blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.

Later in the interview, Cameron revealed that Sam Worthington’s character, Jake Sully, won’t be the only focal point of the movie. Instead, Cameron said he is going The Godfather route by introducing a larger “family” for Sully:

It was very Jake-centric. His story seen through his eyes. We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It's really the story of his family , the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like The Godfather."

Many fans thought the first Avatar borrowed plot points from 20th Century Fox’s animated movie FernGully, so for Cameron to now be influenced by the greatest film saga of all time for the sequels is a bit of a surprise. You can expect the first Avatar sequel to be in theaters in December 2016, with the next two to hit screens in 2017 and 2018.

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[via Associated Press]