James Cameron has had the honor of being the man who brought us the highest grossing film of all time. Twice. It’s doubtful that anything will top 2009’s visually stunning AVATAR’s $2.7 billion any time soon, with even the return of STAR WARS failing to dethrone it. But it’s also been since 2009 that Cameron has put out another feature film. Announcement after announcement has been made since about Cameron’s plans to not only bring out one sequel to AVATAR but four additional installments.

James Cameron

These announcements have always been followed up by delays, more announcements, and more delays. Many an argument was to be had among film nerds on whether or not the next movies would ever get made. But just as it took Cameron 12 years to follow up TITANIC with AVATAR, he continues to push forward with his vision of an AVATAR universe.

Joblo has posted some comments that James Cameron has made recently which would indicate that he has finished the scripts for AVATAR 2,3,4, and 5, and that production may ramp up by August. While we’ve heard similar comments before, it seems like Cameron is really serious this time. It’s really going to happen.

The thing is, my focus isn’t on AVATAR 2. My focus is on AVATAR 2, 3, 4 and 5 equally. That’s exactly how I’m approaching it. They’ve all been developed equally. I’ve just finished the script to AVATAR 5. I’m now starting the process of active prep. I’ll be working with the actors in the capture volume in August, so I’m booked in production every day between now and then. Our volume is up and running, and everything is designed, and so we’re going full-guns right now. I feel like I’ve been let out of jail because I’ve been in the writing cave for the last two years. I’m actually enjoying life. I don’t enjoy writing. I wouldn’t wish writing on a dog.”

Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington in Avatar

So there you go. Now that Cameron is done with the minutia of writing, he’s being set free to make his special effects extravaganza. Original stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang, and Sigourney Weaver are set to return to their roles in some capacity or another. The future films are set to expand on the first, moving into different settings, biomes, or even planets.

The box office will tell whether or not such a gap between original and sequel will have an effect on box office returns, or even if audiences want to see a set of sequels. But if there’s one thing that James Cameron has proved in the past, it’s that he continues to not only blow our minds but to overflow the studio coffers Scrooge McDuck style.

Are you excited to see the next AVATAR or have you already moved on? Do you think that James Cameron will continue to top the all-time box office returns with his next four sequels?

Barring any more delays, AVATAR 2 is set to be released December 21st, 2018.

 

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