Disney/James Cameron’s Avatar 2 & Other Sequels

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Emma Roe

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      Rumors about the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar have been going around since the film was released in 2009, but it was confirmed on May 7, 2019. The second Avatar movie was to be released in 2014, but its production experienced delays, issues with the CGI, and had insufficient technology when it came to capturing underwater footage.

     According to Screen Rant, the first Avatar film was so visually stunning, that the sequel is thought to be able to rank in a fortune on its presentation alone. Aside from the world of Pandora being pleasing to the eye; the recent success of Avengers: Endgame has led James Cameron to believe that Avatar two can also be a success. Before the release of Endgame, Marvel had already been reaching for Avatar’s title of “most expensive movie” since 2009 with the release of 26 films.

    “The thing that scared me the most about making Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 was that the market might have shifted so much that it simply was no longer possible to get people excited about going and sitting in a dark room with a bunch of strangers to watch something,” said Cameron.  

     Not only is Cameron making a sequel, but four more are said to come out by 2027. Even Though little is known about Avatar 2, even less is known about the supposed films to follow.  Actors Sigourney Weaver, also known as a Sci-fi goddess says Screen Rant, and Stephan Lang are expected to make an appearance in this future grossing film, even though their previous roles were killed off in the first movie. The best case scenario of them reappearing are in possible flashbacks, which are yet to be confirmed. 

    Digital Spy states that the filming of the movie was to begin in April of 2016, but never happened. James Cameron also says “It was a seven year gap between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and a seven year gap between Alien and Aliens.”

     Although most of the plot of Avatar 2 is unknown, the film is said to take place years after the first movie, with Jake becoming chief with Niteri, his mate, and their family by his side. While this seems like a nice start to the film, fans are also told that humans are going to be returning again and will be stirring up more trouble.

   On September 17, 2011, Disney entered into a surprising, long-term licensing agreement with Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox for the worldwide theme park rights to Avatar; the company then agreed to pay Cameron and Fox a licensing fee and a percentage of merchandise sales. So under Disney, the film is finally in production and will be released in 2021.

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