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James Cameron has announced that his next three Avatar films are definitely coming, and he’s even letting us know when.
“Christmas of ’17 is the target,” Cameron confirmed to the Montreal Gazette recently in regards to the release date of Avatar 2. “At least, that’s what we’ve announced. But I don’t consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart. I call it a meta-narrative that runs across the three movies. Each film stands alone, but it also tells one much larger story.” He went on to add of the production, “We have design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It’s been about a two-year task. (We’ve finished) all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we’re really poised to start after the first of the year.”
The question, of course, is how anxious people are to return to the world of Pandora. When the original film came out in 2009 it was a spectacle because it was the beginning of the new 3D craze, but that has steadily been declining in the intervening years and is not the draw it once was. Cameron is going to have to spearhead something new to bring in the sort of numbers the original did to become the highest grossing film of all time with $2.78B global. Can he do it?
I doubt it.
When you look back at Avatar it isn’t a good film. Sure, it was visually impressive, but the story was nothing special and was just a retelling of movies such as Dances With Wolves done with blue cat people. From a story perspective it was uninspired. The CGI was so obtrusive that most of the time you felt like you were watching an animated movie more than a movie with actual actors, or at least an amalgamation such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The issue he faces is himself. While I personally am not a fan of the original, many people were, and so were many filmmakers. They have taken his technology and run with it. You can’t swing a stick now without hitting an actor in a motion capture suit. Just look at the current Planet of the Apes series, those mo-capped creations strike me as far more intriguing and more fully realized.
Will people see Avatar 2? Sure they will. But the real question is will they see Avatar 3 and Avatar 4?
Source: Montreal Gazette .