The wait may be a little bit longer than expected before audiences finally get to see those long talked about ‘Avatar’ sequels. Despite the fact that Fox has reserved a December 21st 2018 release date for a ‘James Cameron produced project” (which pretty much has to mean ‘Avatar 2’ as we don’t know of any other projects the man is currently involved in), star Sigourney Weaver is not so sure how plausible that release date actually is. According to a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter when asked about the potential of ‘Avatar 2’ coming out in 2018, Weaver gave the following rather blunt answer:
“We haven’t started it, so I don’t know how realistic that date is, but I think it’s going to be very exciting.”
She has a point, if they have not even started shooting it, that’s a very short production and, more importantly, post-production schedule for a movie of this magnitude, especially considering the kind of special effects work and attention to detail Cameron puts into every shot, none of which he will want to rush through to make a release date. Of course, that is not to say Weaver is not very optimistic about the film or where they are going with the franchise, as in an earlier interview she spoke very highly of the scripts she had already seen for the sequels:
“In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He [Cameron] did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.”
And apparently the key word there is ‘family,’ as according to James Cameron himself when describing what the sequels are going to be about:
“The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”
Do you think there’s still a chance we’ll see ‘Avatar 2’ in 2018? Do you even really care all that much at this point, since it has been so long since the original? (and maybe, like me, you did not even care for the first one that much?) Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!
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