After the success of Avatar at the box office, James Cameron revealed he wanted not one but two sequels to the film. This has now changed as Cameron now wants five Avatar films in total, all before 2024.
Avatar is often seen as the first film to truly introduce viewers to the benefits of a 3D film, with many leaving cinemas awe smacked by the content and depth they felt when viewing the natives fighting up close. The change came about “after meeting with a team of four screenwriters and a group of some of the top artists and designers in the world”, the ultimate result was that Cameron noticed he had more content than he wanted to fit into just two films, resulting in the dream of three, and then four sequels.
Cameron seems to have high hopes for the Avatar Films, saying that while only a few had seen initial concepts for the next film, those that had were left “speechless”. The next film is set for release in 2018, with the sequels set for 2020, 2022 and 2023, implying that there may be some overlap in the filming schedules to help create a smooth release model for such a large budget film series.
Did you like Avatar? When it comes to sequels are you a happy person or do you prefer to be a little more cautious about expecting great things after the first film in a series?
It’s a tough time to be a fan of James Cameron’s Avatar movies, although it for those who followed the release of the first movie in the series, it’s always been somewhat of a bumpy road anyway. The movie was first revealed as a project from James Cameron back in 1996, and it wasn’t until 2009 when we first got to see it; 13 years is a very long time, even in the world of movie development. Avatar 2 was originally planned for a Christmas 2017 release, so we’ve already been waiting quite a few years anyway, but there’s obviously hope that it won’t be pushed back by 13 years.
So what’s causing the delay? Star Wars: Episode VIII! It seems the studios don’t want to take on what would be an epic big screen battle for viewers, not only because it could hurt the profits of either, but it would likely limit each to a certain number of IMAX screens around the world, something neither studio would want. Disney would be mad to get locked into a competition with this movie too, given that they even have a planned Avatar installment coming to their park around the time of the movies release.
So with Star Wars taking the December spot for a major release for the next few years, it looks like 20th Century Fox will take Avatar into a summer release window for 2018. With Cameron wanting to wait till all three of the new Avatar movies are done before pushing them to market, allowing him to release each one just a year after the other, so expect to see Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and if rumours are to be believed, Sigourney Weaver, throughout 2018, 2019 and 2020.
It’s a bit of a long wait, but with Cameron pulling out all the stops for one of his biggest blockbusters yet, the end result is likely going to be a spectacular cinematic treat.
Can’t wait all that time for the new movies? Takes a step back and enjoy the original trailer on more time.
James Cameron may be pushing to shoot films in ultra high-definition, with higher frame rates and in 3D, but he doesn’t seem to be interested in the current VR technology trends. Despite pushing for the best of the best for his two upcoming Avatar movies, Cameron has said that current VR tech such as the Oculus Rift “is a yawn”.
“There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly,” he said. “The question that always occurred to me is, when is it going to be mature, when is it going to be accepted by the public at large, when are people going to start authoring in VR and what will that be?” “What will the level of interactivity with the user be other than just ‘I can stand and look around’? If you want to move through a virtual reality it’s called a video game, it’s been around forever.”
I am a fan of VR and Oculus Rift, the technology is incredible to use and has a lot of innovation. While I would like for people like Cameron to show an interest in the hardware, it’s not all doom and gloom, as there are plenty of other content creators out there who are.
What are your opinions on VR technology. Are you excited about the future of companies like Oculus or will you be giving VR technology a miss in favour of UHD displays and more conventional 3D technology?
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