Before "Avatar" debuted to critical praise and record-breaking numbers, producer Jon Landau said if the public liked "Avatar," "there could be a sequel." Since we now know the public response to the 3D epic, a sequel is inevitable.
We still don’t know anything about "Avatar 2," but James Cameron revealed in an interview that he envisioned the entire story as a trilogy.
A reader of Ain’t It Cool News attended a press screening of the latest billion dollar film, "Avatar," and sent in an e-mail with a quote confirming "Avatar 2" from Cameron himself.
The news cam after the screening that the submitter attended during a Q&A session with Cameron and two of the crew members from the film.
Here’s a snippet from the e-mail AICN posted:
"I just saw a Variety Screening Series showing of 'Avatar' at the Arclight theater in Hollywood tonight, followed with a Q&A with James Cameron and two of his visual effects artists. One of the artists mentioned that they’ll never again do this for the first time, meaning that everything they did in the making of 'Avatar' was just a lot of instinctive grasping in the dark. Cameron agreed with him. He also told him to expect the studio to want another one, as they’d passed the billion $ mark. A second film will be easier, as the technology now exists, thanks to the movie. The moderator asked if there *would* be an 'Avatar' sequel. To which Cameron answered that the plan had always been to make a trilogy of films. Finally, Cameron actually said it: 'Yes, there’ll be another.'”
It’s not an official Fox announcement, but if Cameron says it, it must be true. Two billion dollar films on his resume allows him to do whatever he wishes. Oh, and as of today Avatar is the #2 all-time grossing film. It sits right below Cameron's other box office juggernaut, "Titanic."
Obviously Fox will want to take advantage of the heavy investment in time and money put into Cameron’s lengthy project and it’s a no-brainer that a film which banks a billion dollars in 17 days will need to get a sequel. With the technology, experience, 3D models and the in-depth development and research into the details of the lush world of Pandora already done, an "Avatar" sequel will be significantly easier and less costly to produce… Assuming it takes place on Pandora.
The question remains as to whether or not Cameron will again direct. Will he take full control over the creation of his ideas for the sequels or will he produce and work on his other projects while another director is brought in? Cameron likes to keep secrets, and it's true that he's never directed a sequel to any of his movies besides "Terminator 2."
What would you like to see in "Avatar 2" and do you think Cameron should direct the sequels?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, First Showing