I’m a HUGE fan of Avatar. This film had a lot to live up to such was the hype surrounding James Cameron’s masterpiece. A lot of money was spent, but even more more was recouped, and the SF film remains the highest grossest film of all time having made $2.78bn in global sales. I was lucky enough to see the original at the IMAX theatre at Waterloo, London, and was dazzled with the special effects, the engaging story, and the brilliant new world that Cameron had created. Yes, some said the film took too long to get going, and I’ll admit, it takes a while before things really heat up. But having created such an expansive world, I felt time needed to be taken to develop the Na’vi culture. To really delve into this race so that there was an emotional tie for us viewers. Because ultimately, it’s the humans who are the aggressors in this film.
It was no surprise when Cameron announced that Avatar was going to be a trilogy of films, with the second two movies filming back-to-back from 2014. However, news has now emerged that three sequels are actually to be made, with the first appearing in cinemas in 2016 and the latter two in December 2017 and 2018. “In writing the new films, I’ve come to realise that ‘Avatar’s’ world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen,” Cameron has said.
Being the ever cynic about the film industry, if the three sequels go down well, I wouldn’t put Cameron passed creating even more films as part of a series just to make some more money. And, the scope is there. He’s created an entirely new world of Na’vi, creatures and landscapes to explore. He’s introduced hypersleep, avatars and unobtanium. There’s no reason why the Avatar films couldn’t even venture away from Pandora itself to other neighbouring systems too.
I’m a little disappointed that we have to wait SO long for the next film, but I understand the intricacies involved. A group of new screenwriters has been brought in to help Cameron too, with War of the World’s Josh Friedman, Rise of the Planets of the Apes’ (agreeably the worst named film ever) Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and Savages’ Shane Salerno all now on-board. However, this implies that scripting hasn’t even officially started yet, meaning that the release dates currently given could still shift back.