It seems like every six months or year we get an update for the Avatar sequels, and more often than not, said updates revolve around delays surrounding the production. Like many outlets, we’ve been wondering if that will negatively affect the excitement and box office performance of the films. After all, Avatar is a film that had huge reverberations in the pop culture zeitgeist — but it only really lasted around 10 minutes or so. Since the release of that movie, it’s only been brought up in reference to the forever-delayed sequels.
Speaking with CNN while discussing Disney’s Pandora world in Walt Disney World, director James Cameron discussed why the delays don’t worry him.
“Well it didn't hurt Avatar, that there was no Avatar before Avatar. So I kind of rest my case.
But it was a seven year gap between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, seven year gap between Alien and Aliens. It's gonna be obviously more like a ten year gap between Avatar and Avatar 2. But Avatar 2 you are going to with not the promise, but the certainty of three more films beyond that, and that's a very different concept with the audience. And a lot of the delay has been around creating that overall vision.
“And by the way, this land will help bridge that gap in the public conscience. People will come here, and say, man I need some Avatar.”
The man does raise a couple solid points. First is the fact that the original film Avatar managed to survive based on strong word of mouth and unparalleled spectacle. Given the amount of time they’re putting into this, one can hope that they can try and deliver on a whole new kind of spectacle — one that could help to rekindle the lost excitement towards the franchise.
The other solid point comes in the form of Pandora itself, the new attraction in Walt Disney World. Like with Disney’s countless properties, the theme park will likely manage to prolong the life of Avatar. Audiences were very taken by this world when the film hit theaters in 2009, and with it being realized in real life, it may spark further interest in the fantasy. Folk will likely revisit the original film, and this will keep them primed and ready for when the sequels eventually do hit.
But will it be enough, and will Cameron be able to deliver on that delayed promise? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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