The first of several proposed sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar will finally come to theaters at some point in 2018. By the time Avatar 2 comes out it will have been 10 years since the release of the first film from 2008. Do audiences still give a sh*t? Time certainly has not been on the franchise side. Avatar is remembered as a ground breaking 3D movie (arguably starting the 3D trend that most everyone now hates) just as much as it recalled for a having an uninspired story. Like Fern Gully, Pocahontas, and Dances With Wolves before it, Avatar is just another salty reminder that where there are indigenous people, there are greedy white men to ruin their day and their lives… along with at least one white guy that feels really bad about it.
Avatar is, at the end of the day, the highest grossing movie of all time. Swinging people back to it, yeah, James Cameron isn’t too worried about it. Still, there are many defectors that will need strong convincing to be invested again. Maybe a word from Sigourney Weaver, talking about how great the new scripts are, will spark some interest, eh?
Weaver, despite her character dying in the first movie is set to return in the subsequent sequels. She claims to have read three scripts so far in preparation for filming and in an interview with Variety, and says that the Avatar sequels will far richer and deeper. Weaver states:
In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He [James Cameron] did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.”
How cute, she thinks the script for the first movie was a amazing. Weaver does make a valid point. Cameron, in his derivativeness, built his world and filled it with blue cat people. Cameron can now have some fun and further explore Polyphemus and the Alpha-Centauri system where the moon of Pandora is located.
If he fails to win over audiences with a more involved and substantial narrative, well, at least the 3D might be cool. The next round of Avatar films are said to utilize glasses-free 3D technology.
Avatar 2 does not have an official release date. It is expected to premiere in December 2018.