Avatar’s record smashing box office success has left a hungry fan base anxious for more of action, more Na’vi and more 3D. Additionally, after having just a taste of Pandora, many enthused movie-goers long to further immerse themselves in the lush planet and imagine what the feeling of interconnectedness with the environment and other living creatures must feel like (even leading to a wide spread so-called Avatar Depression Syndrome resulting from a feeling of emptiness with one’s own life when compared to the film’s hyper-realistic world).
Director James Cameron has eluded to another Avatar film but will this movie continue our journey with Jake Sully and Neytiri on Pandora or might there instead be a prequel?
Michael Klare, a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and the author of Resource Wars, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet and a documentary movie version of his previous book, Blood and Oil, suggests that Cameron should consider a prequel depicting 2144- the epoque of Earth’s destruction and its ravaged environment as a result of unstoppable climate change, diminished resources, corporatism, war and ultimately, human decline.
Read about Klare’s suggested film, Avatar: The Earth’s Last Stand. It would be a awe-inspiring, yet shocking, epic illustrating what our world could become if we don’t reverse our course of oil consumption, apathy towards corporate greed and environmental degradation. Based on his years of research and experience in security, energy resource consumption and the resulting world economics, his version of Avatar 2 could make a shocking but strong impact forcing people to view the effects of our individual and collective actions on our most precious Mother Earth.
So, question: Would you rather wait for other installments to fly around on Toruks through Pandora’s floating “Hallelujah Mountains” or would you rather experience Earth’s backstory sans Na’vi?