We’ve known from the very beginning that James Cameron intended on making a sequel to his wildly successful foray into 3D filmmaking, Avatar. We’ve had indication that he might even have plans for several sequels for Avatar, stretching the thing out to encompass an entire trilogy. Word was that the upcoming journeys into the world of Pandora were going to deal heavily with exploring its underwater locations, a prospect that sounded promising, given all of the development of underwater technologies Cameron has done over the years. But when the director started talking about how he might even make three more Avatar sequels, and how he didn’t plan on making movies that weren’t Avatar related ever again…the guy started to sound a little crazy.
Well, crazy or not, it indeed looks like that’s going to be the plan. Showbiz 411 has quotes from Avatar actress Sigourney Weaver confirming that Cameron has plans for three more sequels, and that they’re all going to be shot at the same time. This all but confirms that we’ll have to sit through an entire block of films about blue-skinned eco-warriors. Weaver’s comments come with the addendum that she has no idea how long the filming is going to take, how any of it is going to work, and that her job is to “just show up.”
Avatar, of course, broke all sorts of box office records upon its release, so it would seem like making sequels would be a financial no-brainer. But it’s important to note that a big reason for the film’s monumental success was that it presented us with something new. Its 3D visuals were far more immersive than anything we’d ever seen in a movie theater before, and word of mouth quickly spread that they had to be experienced to be believed.
A funny thing happened once everyone went and got wowed though – after a few weeks the talk turned from mind-blowing visuals to clunky screenwriting, awkwardly inserted political messages, and 3D being nothing but a briefly passing fad. At this point is there anyone that even wants to see more Avatar movies? Would one sequel be able to do a fraction of the business that the original did, let alone three sequels? The trick, it would seem, would be for Cameron to give us something jaw-dropping that we’ve never seen before with each coming installment.
He’s made some of the most successful films in the history of the business and is one of the only veteran filmmakers with a relatively unblemished record to date. Will making four Avatar movies into successes be the final, amazing feat that solidifies his place as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, or will this project become his undoing, proving that even the great James Cameron has limitations? Can anyone spend that much time out in the jungle and not end up going crazy? Is this the place to make a pun including the phrase “Terminator with extreme prejudice?” Whichever way things go, this news will definitely give us plenty to discuss in the coming years, so we at least have Avatar to thank for that.