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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Avatar 2 has officially begun production this week (I know, I feel like it’s the sixth time that’s been reported). If we are to take it as fact that the film has officially begun filming, then it will have been over eight years since the first one was released that actual physical work has started on the first sequel.

Those who have been following this project know that Avatar 2 will only be the tip of the iceberg. Cameron doesn’t just have one or two follow-ups planned for the series, but rather four sequels that will be shot back-to-back-to-back-to-back. But how much will it cost?

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At the time of its production, the first Avatar was one of the most expensive films ever made, with a budget of $237 million. Of course, nowadays, it seems like every other movie has a budget pushing $250 million, but it was distinctly uncommon back in 2009. With that in mind, it became clear when Cameron teased the sequels that they would come with a similar or bigger budget.

Deadline is now reporting that the four sequels will have a combined budget of over $1 billion. That means that each one will have around or over a $250 million budget, but there will be a blurry line that separates the budgets between these films, since he is shooting them one after another.

While these are indeed some big numbers, earlier this year, it was rumored that the combined budget of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 would have a combined $1 billion budget. It’s a figure that hasn’t been confirmed, but all the same, it’s one that makes the budget from the Avatar sequels significantly less impressive.

But there’s no denying the scope of this single project. While Peter Jackson has shot two separate trilogies consecutively, no one has shot four films in this manner, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all turns out. How will the numbers line up with these movies, and with the huge marketing push that will be required to push them, and do they stand a hope of getting anywhere near the nearly $2.8 billion in box office grosses? It’s unlikely, but that’s not to say they can’t be a success in their own right.

Avatar 2 hits theaters on December 18, 2020.

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.