When James Cameron’s Avatar hit theaters, it wasn’t the smash success everyone though it was going to be upon release, although it did make quite an impression by generating nearly $80 million opening weekend. What made the release so surprising was how little its box office take decreased in the coming weeks. The second weekend saw a drop of only 1.8% and the third weekend with 9.4%. Often, movies drop anywhere from 30% to 60%, with some outliers faring better or worse, so this was a rare case indeed. The rest, as we all know, is history as the film went on to become the top grossing film of all time with a take of nearly $2.8 billion, taking the throne from Cameron’s Titanic.
Avatar came out in 2009 and there have been talks of a sequel for a while. Then, in 2010, he confirmed that he would be working on two sequels that would be shot back-to-back. In 2012 he added that a third sequel was also in the works, making Avatar enter franchise territory. Finally, in April 2016, Cameron confirmed there would be four sequels that would all be shot simultaneously and would then be released in December of 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023.
In a recent interview with Variety, actress Sigourney Weaver, who appeared in the first film as Dr. Grace Augustine, spoke about the sequels and says she’s read them and has a good idea of what people should come to expect.
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 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.
Cameron has spoken about how he wants to take the sequels into new parts of Pandora, including the depths of the ocean as well as deeper into the forests. There are also talks that we might venture to the other moons of Polyphemus, the planet which Pandora orbits. I’m guessing we’ll find out more in early 2018, when promotion will start to kick off.
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