The biggest film of all time is getting bigger…
When it was released in 2009, many didn’t know what to expect from Avatar – would it be as much of an event as many had suggested? Would it be one of cinema’s great flops? It was the former of course, with the film having an unprecedented run at the box office, finishing on around $2.7billion and is still the biggest film of all time. A sequel (or sequels) have been mooted ever since and we are now edging closer to seeing them – four of them in fact.
James Cameron has written the scripts and started to show them to his cast, specifically Sam Worthington (recently seen in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge) who starred as Jake Sully in the original film. And speaking to We Got This Covered, the actor is impressed with what he has read thus far:
“I’ve read all the scripts, they’re great. This is going to be Jake eight years later, and he’s got a family now. This film is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen. The world is bigger than the first one, but essentially, it’s a movie about family. Jake will still have that essence of a kid seeing the world for the first time, but he’s been living in the world for a while now, so what’s this world he’s seeing now for the first time? The film will explore that within this family dynamic.”
It’s been a few years since Avatar took over the world and it will be very interesting to see how the sequel, and subsequent films, are received by today’s audience – particularly as the 3D fad, in both cinema and home entertainment, has died off since 2009. Still, if anyone can pull it off it’s Cameron as he has done many times before.
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang are set to return for the sequel alongside Worthington, with shooting due to start this year ahead of the second film’s December 2018 release date. The remaining three parts potentially arriving in December 2020, 2022 and 2023 respectively.