By Darren Franich
Updated March 04, 2011 at 07:40 PM EST

Image Credit: Weta; DisneyJames Cameron says that the first sequel to Avatar won’t come out until Christmas 2014 (…which probably means the meticulous director will actually release it in summer 2016.) So we should be skeptical about any plot rumors. Still, this is too fascinating to not at least chat about: Avatar co-star Michelle Rodriguez has told the Associated Press that Avatar 2 will bet set at least partially underwater. Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, had no comment about the “underwater” plotline, but considering the director’s history with watery movies, this rumor rings at least a little bit true. Would you want to see the Avatar sequels go under the sea?

Reasons to be skeptical: Rodriguez certainly ain’t writing the movies, and isn’t even sure if she’ll be asked to return. (Considering that she died in Avatar, her chances don’t seem good. Oh, come on, we don’t need a SPOILER ALERT if the whole fricking world saw the movie, right?) On the other hand, James Cameron is a big fan of watery movies — besides The Abyss and Titanic, he made Piranha Part Two: The Spawning and produced a couple of deep-sea documentaries. (Not to mention his work on Aquaman.) And it certainly seems likely that the director would want to explore the oceans of Pandora.

I’m a big fan of The Abyss — I think it’s Cameron’s most underrated movie — and considering that Avatar 2 will probably have an estimated budget of $∞, I’m getting goosebumps just imagining all the lavish 3-D visuals that could potentially arise from an undersea setting. I’m envisioning bio-luminescent alien fish, sea monsters with thousands of tentacles, and an Atlantean underwater kingdom. And some sort of topical save-the-ocean theme, natch. If memory serves, there was a brief shot in Avatar of an underwater species — it was during the “Let’s gather up an army” montage, right?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Excited by the possibility of Avatar 2: Beyond the Sea? Or, even better: Avatar 2: Water for Space-Elephants?

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