It’s easy to forget, but 2009’s Avatar is still the highest-grossing film ever made — more than Star Wars, The Avengers, Jurassic World and all those Harry Potter flicks. So director James Cameron isn’t all that worried about the decade that will have passed before Avatar 2 hits the big screen.
But should he be?
In an interview with CNN, Cameron said he’s not all that concerned about the recent delays that will push the sequel to around a decade or so after the first film’s release. He notes there were longish delays between the first two Terminator films, which is true, and don’t forget there was a long gap before Jurassic World blew up the box office. So yeah, there’s certainly a precedent for long-delayed sequels doing great.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“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 real question is whether moviegoers are dying to return to the world of Pandora all these years later. The first film was one of the most visually ambitious projects ever conceived, and people flocked to theaters to see it, even if the story was a bit on the thin side. But, with the spectacle over, will people show up for another 3-4 movies set in this world, after spending a decade (probably) not geeking out over it?
What do you think? Can Avatar 2 (and 3, 4 and 5) be $2 billion global hits too?