Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at 1:12 pm
The thing about James Cameron‘s Avatar is that you hardly ever hear anyone talk about it now. Surely the planned sequels would have generated public interest, but all anyone involved in the production has done so far was dodge questions, tease, or just say more movies are coming. There is no denying that the 2009 film was visually stunning and was a box office smash, so it makes sense to see more of the world of Pandora through more sequels, three to be exact. While we knew that the three sequels would be shot in one production, with the first scheduled for a December 2016 release and the other two following in 2017 and 2018 respectively, not has been revealed about the development of the franchise.
Now, Cameron has revealed that he is pushing the release date of the first sequel to 2017 because they need more time, as the writing process for the project is “very involved.”
In an Interview with AP (via Variety), Cameron said:
“There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film.”
He added that aiming for a December 2016 release for the first follow-up may have been too ambitious.
Now, Cameron wanted all three scripts to be completed by the end of this month. The writing team, which Cameron is heading up, is comprised of Josh Friedman, Shane Salerno, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver. While this is a monumental task, the director explains why it has to be done this way,
“We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that. And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.”
Cameron’s comments tell us that there is no large connective story arc in these Avatar films like what Marvel as done with films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Each of these films Avatar movie will end, with no cliffhanger. While that is somewhat refreshing, it is something that we’ve known about these films for quite some time.
The thought of seeing Avatar 2 implement the new filmmaking technologies is exciting, but how will the audience react to the film itself. Or has the interest in Avatar already died out? Or will the sequels create a whole new fanbase?