AVATAR Sequels Will Allow James Cameron to Express His Thoughts on the State of the World

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We’re getting more Avatar in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so a few months of no Avatar talk is no big deal, but if Avatar 2 really is going into production later this year as James Cameron said about a year ago or even in early 2015 as Zoe Saldana recently suggested, news is bound to start picking up.

The last update came in early June and revealed that Sigourney Weaver was set to return for all three new films and now Cameron is speaking up about the timeline of those films and about his confidence in the stories that they’ll tell.  Hit the jump for more on the Avatar sequels.

avatar-james-cameronIn a Variety piece about the challenges Twentieth Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos is facing, there’s a good deal of talk about the studio’s ambitious plans for the next three Avatar films.  Apparently, they’re going to cost a whopping $1 billion, which would break down to well over $300 million per film, but if those films do as well as the original, which wound up with $2.8 billion at the worldwide box office, why would a measly $1 billion matter?

Gianopulos noted:

“We know it’s not going to be cheap.  We know it’s not going to be without new discoveries and new challenges in the process of producing something that is so beyond the normal form of filmmaking and technology, but what could be more exciting than that.”

And Cameron insists that he’s putting those funds to good use by giving the sequels the time they deserve.  This isn’t some rapid-fire venture to make big money off the first film’s hype, but rather an opportunity to take their time and do it right while also using them as an outlet to comment on world affairs.  Cameron stated:

“There’s nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can’t do through the lens of the ‘Avatar’ universe.  We’ve had a couple of years to think through the story arc of the next three films, and every day that goes by, I believe in the stories I’m telling more and more.  We’re not coming out of the block fast to capitalize on the last film.”

To be honest, I liked Avatar, but not enough to be foaming at the mouth for three more films.  However, Cameron’s approach to them is rather intriguing.  Whereas most studios would pull the trigger on a sequel to a monumental hit as soon as possible, Cameron assembled a team of writers – Josh FriedmanRick Jaffa Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno – kept them in a writing room for five months so that they could figure out the details of all three films together and only then split them up to pen their respective scripts.

It’s certainly a different and more time-consuming way of approaching a film franchise, but it seems as though it could wind up giving us a particularly rich mythology that would stay intact throughout all three films.

We don’t have an official release date for Avatar 2 just yet, but it’s expected to hit theaters in December 2016 with Avatar 3 arriving in 2017 and then Avatar 4 coming right after in 2018.

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  • GrimReaper07

    “To be honest, I liked Avatar, but not enough to be foaming at the mouth for three more films.”

    My thoughts exactly.

    • Person

      I liked Avatar but I know the potential for sequels is enormous, and Cameron is 2-for-2 with making sequels that are amazing (Aliens, T2). So I’m really looking forward to these.

      • mattinacan

        he’s got a long hill to climb if he plans on making his blue native Americans the least bit interesting.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        “blue native Americans”… How is that then?

      • mattinacan

        what is your question?

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Why have you decided native Americans are Na’vi and vice versa? Seems kinda racist to me, surprised you didn’t call them redskins….

      • Spanky

        Apparently you’ve never seen Dances With Wolves

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Apparently you don’t know what films I’ve seen. I have, and I really love it as well. Your point being?

      • Eskay

        Pernell, he doesn’t have a point. You’ve skewered the moron, and now Spanky’s grasping at straws.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        I’d have to agree with you Eskay…

      • Eskay

        It will be more interesting than your dumb-ass post here.

      • Eskay

        It will be more interesting than your dumb-ass post here.

      • the king of comedy

        Avatar was alright, but it had potential to be much more, truth be told I`m intrigued by the idea of a sequel since the story won`t be a differtent version of the same story told on Pocahontas, Dance with Wolves, etc. But I`m also worried since Aliens and T2 worked because they had amazing characters in them such as Ripley, Sarha, Jhon and Schwarzeneger as The Terminator, but Avatar failed to stablish characters half as good.

  • Steven

    Just make the damn thing already.

    We’ll probably have 2 Terminator films by the time he make an Avatar film.

    • Eskay

      And your point is?

    • Eskay

      And your point is?

  • Mixed race rich kid NYC

    Maybe that’s the movie that will bankrupt 20th century Fox forcing the latter to sell his marvel franchises to Disney and forcing Fox to do small human movies from now on…

    Fingers crossed*

    • John

      We can hope, we can hope.

      • John

        Although it might thrown the next Planet of the Apes movie and Prometheus 2 into jeopardy.

    • Jayden

      Even better, maybe Marvel will finally get X-Men back in the process.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      “X:Men DOFP is going to bomb at the box office…. yada yada yada rant…”
      How did that one turn out again?

      • Mixed race rich kid NYC

        Get a life
        I don’t talk to people who think that ben stiller is a comedy genius

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Yea well I normally don’t talk to people who race Bait and troll on these type of websites but these things happen from time to time.

      • Eskay

        And I don’t talk to either of you losers…get a room!

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Oh I’m sorry I didn’t know I was responding to you. Next time I’ll make sure to start it off with “Dear dip shit named Eskay. Thanks for butting into my conversation…” And from there I’ll go into conversing with you.

      • Eskay

        Apology accepted. Thanks

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        You’re Welcome.

  • Jamie Teller

    Does anyone have any real fondness for Avatar beyond “oh yeah, that movie was awesome”, and that only when reminded of its existence?

    • mattinacan

      I mostly hear, oh yea that movie was ok nothing special. WHAT he’s making three fucking more?!

    • Eskay

      In other words, like 75% of the Marvel movies and 2/3 of the Star Wars movies?

      • Jamie Teller

        But in this case, we’re being asked to care after a 6-year hiatus. And Star Wars…the original trilogy built up enough steam to justify it. Those films were and are beloved. Avatar…not so much.

      • Jamie Teller

        But in this case, we’re being asked to care after a 6-year hiatus. And Star Wars…the original trilogy built up enough steam to justify it. Those films were and are beloved. Avatar…not so much.

    • Eskay

      In other words, like 75% of the Marvel movies and 2/3 of the Star Wars movies?

  • Ben Kabak

    Avatar was a bore. I can’t even name a characters name after all this time.

    • Eskay

      And I have never heard of you before? But your post, it’s certainly boring.

  • John

    Is he actually going to make these films, or just talk about them? By the time he makes them and builds Avatar World at Disney World, I don’t think anyone will still really be interested in them.

  • mattinacan

    “There’s nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can’t do through the lens of the ‘Avatar’ universe”

    Really – avatar was the most obviously heavy handed message in the history of cinema. Trees good, military baaaad.

    • DEADP00L

      Michael Bays stance is ‘ Fascism good, non-military people baaaad’

      I’ll take Camerons stance only because I really enjoy camping. If for nothing else.

      • mattinacan

        Easy kiddo, Bay is a complete hack that deserves ebola. Cameron is a legend, i just think Avatar is completely mediocre.

      • DEADP00L

        Alright I’m chilled. I do have to agree there were areas that were just a complete rip off of disney.

    • Vulcan

      I agree. I think that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did much more with the same themes, and showed that it’s not a matter of one is right and the other wrong, but it’s a matter of different perspectives and actions.

      • Eskay

        But Apes was boring. It forget to be “fun”.

  • DEADP00L

    I like Camerons contribution to naval engineering he and his brother really are gifted marine men. And I trust his humanity, he doesn’t strike me as a ‘ill care if there is money involved’ or ‘ I care when there is a lens in my face or my PR starts to suck.’ He is very very intelligent when you talk to him and his heart is that of an honorable lions.

    I won’t go beyond that other than say the man is no morally bankrupted intellectually dishonest hypocrite.

    I’d work for him for free.

    • agent777

      From all I have heard working with him will give you PTSD.

      • DEADP00L

        Meh my old mans a marine he can’t be any worse than my old man.

      • agent777

        Well you know your old man has a reason to be a badass and isn’t just a egotistical Canadian.

      • DEADP00L

        hahahaha! That is awesome. Yeah I guess when you look at it like that it’s pretty much a no contest.I respect his work ethic though if he’s how people portray him to be.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I think the next Avatar adventures are gonna be awesome

  • Matt

    Haters are going to hate. While I am in complete agreement that Avatar was a great film – it doesn’t have a lasting impact like Cameron’s earlier films. Despite that – I can never doubt the man who has given the world some of/if not the greatest blockbusters of all-time:
    Aliens
    Terminator
    Terminator 2
    True Lies
    The Abyss (alright, not so much but better than most Hollywood shlock)
    Titanic

    Keep rooting for him to fail people – he’ll only keep proving you wrong.

    • Tom

      True Lies was a laughably terrible movie. I honestly don’t understand why people think it’s good between the cheesy/over the top special effects and Charlton Heston’s over the top acting.

      Those other one’s I like except for the middle part and ending of Titanic. And I also like The Abyss.

      • RedMercury

        Those other one’s I like except for the middle part and ending of Titanic.

        You mean the part where the ship hit the Iceberg and sank? Yeah, I’ll admit, that was a downer…

        :^D

      • RedMercury

        Those other one’s I like except for the middle part and ending of Titanic.

        You mean the part where the ship hit the Iceberg and sank? Yeah, I’ll admit, that was a downer…

        :^D

  • Cpt Rex Kramer

    Remember when Cameron made good movies? (sigh) Those were the days.

    • Eskay

      Remember when your posts were intelligent?

  • winston16s

    So, he’s going to tell us that humans are bad and evil again? While he sits on a throne in his mansion and deep sea vessel? Fuck him man.

  • OscarDiggs

    Confirms my fears about the AVATAR sequel: More half-assed political commentary, less actual human story arcs.

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