James Cameron Isn’t Worried About the Avatar Sequels Delay
Posted 2017/05/29 0 0
Cameron cites his previous work with franchises as an example of how audiences will keep coming to theaters if they’re given compelling visuals and an interesting story.
James Cameron's Avatar was a game-changing milestone for the industry, arriving in 2009 to usher in a new era of digital 3D effects work. Avatar (despite its many, many, critics) became a major cultural phenomenon - to the point that now, nearly eight years later, the film is getting a major theme park attraction in the form of Pandora: World of Avatar.
At Disney’s grand opening of the park expansion at Animal Kingdom, Cameron revealed the reason why he’s not too concerned about Avatar 2 taking so long to make: because this is nothing new for him as a director. In an interview with CNN, Cameron cites his previous work with franchises as an example of how audiences will keep coming to theaters if they’re given compelling visuals and an interesting story.
“It was a seven-year gap between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, seven year gap between Alien and Aliens. It’s gonna be obviously more like a ten year gap between Avatar and Avatar 2. But Avatar 2 you are going to with not the promise, but the certainty of three more films beyond that, and that’s a very different concept with the audience. And a lot of the delay has been around creating that overall vision.”
It took 15 years for Cameron to release Avatar, and it’s taking another 11 years for its sequel to hit theaters. Ever since Avatar broke box office records around the world and ushered in an era of 3D movies back in 2009, people have known that a sequel would be coming. However, no one knew when. Avatar 2 has been delayed numerous times, for several different reasons, but it has finally been given a definitive release date in December 2020, which will mean that when the next movie comes out it will be more than a decade after the original. (The final movie is expected in 2025.) That's a long time to wait to return to characters like Jake Scully and Neytiri, not to mention introduce new characters. And only time will tell if box office audiences will bite.
Four Avatar sequels are planned for release in the Decembers of 2020, 2021, 2024, and 2025.