With the incredible success that James Cameron’s Avatar has been seeing worldwide, a sequel has been expected long before the film was moving up the list of highest grossing films of all time. A trilogy has been mentioned since the film was released, but there wasn’t any official confirmation surrounding another film until recently. Now that the technology has already been established, a second film will be easier to produce. At a recent Q&A session, James Cameron was asked if there would be a sequel. Cameron mentioned that the original plan was always to have a trilogy of films and, “Yes, there will be another.”
It seems that although the film is being widely praised by moviegoers and that the film is a visual achievement in cinema, the story is still looked at as the weak link of the film. If and when another Avatar film goes into production, will people still be interested in seeing a film with spectacular special effects that has somewhat of a light story? Considering the film has made over $1 billion worldwide, it’s safe to say that Fox thinks it’s worth a return visit to Pandora or a trip elsewhere involving the Na’vi people. In regards to the weak story, it still wasn’t as bad as the story in say a Michael Bay film. If his films still prove to be a success at the box office, then another Avatar film should make a killing.
Considering the high budget for the film, James Cameron planning a trilogy doesn’t seem too out of the question. Here’s what Cameron had to say in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“I’ve had a storyline in mind from the start — there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel. It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan. The CG plants and trees and creatures and the musculo-skeletal rigging of the main characters — that all takes an enormous amount of time to create. It’d be a waste not to use it again.”
James Cameron’s Avatar has become the second highest grossing film of all time and only trails Cameron’s blockbuster film Titanic, which earned nearly $1.85 billion. As of this writing, Avatar currently sits at about $1.68 billion worldwide. Avatar is the third highest domestic grossing film of all time bringing in nearly $513 million. The groundbreaking film has also brought in nearly $1.12 billion internationally.
With its massive box office success, the technology already being developed, and the fact that future films would be quicker and easier to produce, an Avatar sequel seems like a no-brainer.
As one final note, 20th Century Fox has released the screenplay to be viewed and downloaded in anticipation of the awards season. You can check out the screenplay here.
Sources: screenrant.com, imdb.com, comingsoon.net, boxofficemojo.com