By the time Avatar 2 comes out (2020) it will have been 11 years since the release of the first film from 2009. Will such a big gap between the movies effect the franchise future success? If you ask director Jame Cameron, not at all.
Cameron recently spoke with CNN in honor of Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar expansion. He was asked about what is taking so long with the Avatar sequels, of which there are four, and if he is at all worried about time working against him. As confident as anyone wielding a multi-billion dollar franchise can be, he’s isn’t showing much concern at all. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“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.”
Alright, the guy does have a point. But Terminator and Aliens, those are franchises people really love. Can the same be said about Avatar?
Avatar is remembered as a ground breaking 3D movie (jumpstarting starting the 3D trend that was way cool but now most everyone loathes) 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.
Criticism be damed. At the and of the day, Avatar remains the highest grossing movie of all time. That kind of impact just doesn’t go away. Disney doesn’t spend millions of dollars on a theme park expansion expecting people to not show up.
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. Perhaps something more original and inspired? We know Avatar 2 is going to take place largely underwater, and Cameron takes to water like a goddamn fish (see Titanic and The Abyss). If Cameron does fail 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. Cool, right?
Avatar 2 is going to be bringing back Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang, while also bringing in plenty of new cast members, such as the recently added Cliff Curtis. It’s release date is now currently set for December 18, 2020