Is James Cameron not “the king of the blockbuster sequels” after giving us Aliens and T2: Judgement Day? Yes, it has taken a very long time for the director to give us a follow up to the highest grossing movie ever in Avatar. However, if there’s one thing we know about Cameron, it’s that when he
does a sequel, he takes everything to another level. In the case of Avatar, he’s not just shooting one, but a reported four follow-up films. When exactly these films are coming is unknown, but if Sigourney Weaver’s latest comments hold any truth, it looks like the cameras will finally starting rolling for Avatar 2 this year.
Somehow, someway, Weaver’s character is returning for the sequel, and I’m sure Cameron has found way for it to make sense. During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress was excited to finally start making more Avatar movies:
“We’re starting!” the actress excitedly told THR at a screening of The Assignment, held Monday night at New York City’s Whitby Hotel. “We’re starting training, and we’re starting — hmm, I probably can’t say anything. We will be actually shooting it by the fall.”
Whether or not production really begins this fall, or the next, I’m very excited to return to the world of Pandora. While hardly any details on the sequels are known, it was reported the next film will explore both the underwater world and moons of Pandora. Alongside Weaver will be Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and reportedly Stephen Lang returning. This cast and crew are surely in for a lengthy shoot, if in fact Cameron shoots all four back to back to back to back. No release date has been announced, although recently Cameron announced that it won’t be 2018:
“Well, 2018 is not happening. We haven’t announced a firm release date. What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So we’re not making Avatar 2, we’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5. It’s an epic undertaking. It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges dam.”
“… It’s not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it. It took us four-and-a-half years to make one movie and now we’re making four. We’re full tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we’ll be 24-7. We’re pretty well designed on all our creatures and sets. It’s pretty exciting stuff. I wish I could share with the world. But we have to preserve a certain amount of showmanship and we’re going to draw that curtain when the time is right.”
Sources: Collider, The Hollywood Reporter.