Avatar has long been championed as the highest-grossing movie of all time – although, Star Wars: The Force Awakes is quickly proving it may just snatch that No. 1 spot soon enough. To continue riding that blue wave, James Cameron is gearing up for the long-rumoured sequels.
Confirming the Christmas 2017 release date for Avatar 2 in a recent interview, the director described how each of these films will stand on their own, but work cohesively as a larger narrative.
Expectations are going to be very high on these films…to make sure it wasn’t just some big fluke the first time
“Christmas of ’17 is the target,” Cameron told the Montreal Gazette before the release of Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight, which was inspired by the film. “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.”
“It’s been about a two-year task,” he said, commenting on the design work. “[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.”
“Obviously, expectations are going to be very high on these films, especially on Avatar 2, to make sure it wasn’t just some big fluke the first time,” Cameron previously said to Entertainment Weekly. “So we’ve got to deliver. I’ve created a nice rod for my own back, so they say.”
Source: National Post