James Cameron may have broken the box office with ‘Avatar‘ but the idea of four sequels seems a bit much to many. However, Sigourney Weaver says that they will be absolutely worth the wait. While the first film was visually stunning and broke new ground in 3D and CGI technology, the plot was a bit weak though it sounds like that might have been fully addressed here.
According to Weaver:
“There’s a very good reason why it turned out to be four sequels. Having read all four of them, I think they’re absolutely extraordinary and worth the wait.”
While not spoiling the movies, she does go into detail on some of the themes we will see appearing on the big screen when they’re released:
“These films are very much about the peril of this beautiful planet, and [Cameron] is continuing the same themes of greed and callousness of the corporations and plight of the indigenous people. At this point after a long and very satisfying career — I can’t believe it’s been 40 years, but anyway — I’m very excited to be able to work on these four stories. I can really, really appreciate it.”
As someone who doesn’t have to work on a film that she wouldn’t want to in order to advance her career, Weaver clearly has a connection to Cameron’s upcoming installments.
Dr. Grace Augustine may have died in the first film and Weaver isn’t being too clear on how she’ll be returning though does say:
“I love the way we’re doing them, we’re kind of doing 2 and 3 simultaneously and it’s going to work very well. A lot of the heavy lifting has already been done in 1, opening up the world and the characters and everything and I think that Jim has had a wonderful time writing these four, and it’s going to be very exciting bringing them to life.
I suspect that a particular tree will be involved in her return. With the next film dropping in December of 2020 we have quite a wait ahead of us to see if this will truly be as epic as the cast and crew are making it out to be.
“It’s the most ambitious project by far I’ve ever been involved in, and the most moving, the most astonishing, beautiful. I think all of us who get to be a part of it are just in awe when we see the artwork. It’s just incredible to be living now when we can bring this kind of film experience to the public. Because I think as much as Avatar changed what people want in a film experience, this goes a hundred times farther.”
If nothing more, Weaver’s excitement gives me hope that they are addressing the shortcomings of the narrative of the first film. If they can combine Cameron’s skills behind the camera and in post-production with a robust set of stories, this could easily surpass the quality of the first movie.
Are you looking forward to the ‘Avatar’ sequels? Do you feel that Weaver is selling the idea that we’ll be in for something special? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly