Avatar is a strange beast. While the film may not be the most original or even game-changing; it made a heck of a lot of money and enough to have writer/director James Cameron take a giant break to pen an entire trilogy of sequels.
Yeah, he’s not following it up with one movie, but instead three movies that will all work individually, but tie together to feel like one complete story.
Cameron has been teasing the films for quite some time now, with the latest direct quote telling us that 2017 is when the first of the planned trilogy will hit theaters:
“Christmas of ’17 is the target. At least, that’s what we’ve announced. But I don’t consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart. I call it a meta-narrative that runs across the three movies. Each film stands alone, but it also tells one much larger story. We have design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It’s been about a two-year task. (We’ve finished) all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we’re really poised to start after the first of the year.”
It looks like 2016 will be the launching time-frame for shooting, with an eventual late 2017 release.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Avatar, but I did enjoy viewing it in IMAX 3D and I do still think that Cameron has a blockbuster-styled way of storytelling that most big-budget directors working today lack.
It’ll be exciting to see where Cameron goes with the story from here and if the sequels will be able to make in impact as large as the first film.
Source : B.M.D.