We are only a week away from 2023, but Avatar: The Way of the Water continues to dominate the box office since its mid-December 2022 release. Having basically wiped the floor along with any other theatrical competition during the month (and even last year’s big juggernaut Top Gun Maverick), it’s only a matter of time before it hits $2 billion. And that means James Cameron’s grand ambitions for the sci-fi series will be fully realized.
Cameron was this week’s guest Who talks to Chris Wallace at HBO Max, and he said “it’s gonna be okay” like Water Way seems close to hitting that $2 billion threshold, and that he’s willing to do Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 in reality. “Looks like I can’t get out of this, I’m gonna have to do these other sequels,” Cameron said, clearly pissing. He added that he expects a meeting with Disney in the near future regarding Avatar 3. “I know what I’m going to do in the next six or seven years.”
Both Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 are written, Cameron continued, and as with the third film, some Avatar 4 footage has already been shot to prevent the young actors from visibly aging between movies. To some extent, planning it ahead makes sense: Avatar 3 is already slated for a late December 2024 release, and the still-untitled fourth and fifth films were slated for late December releases in 2026 and 2028 respectively a while ago. And with the box office numbers to show it, Cameron’s decision to get ahead of the game has definitely paid off. “We started a franchise at this point. We have started a saga that can now take place over several films.
Recently, he also said that his plans for Avatar 3 would be to include people of ashes (seriously), the first Na’vi villains in the franchise, who reside in the volcanic region of Pandora. The show’s apparent plan is to weave its way through all four elements – you know, water, earth, fire, air, from when the four nations lived in harmony long ago. . Producer Jon Landau also spoke about using Avatar 5 as a reason to bring the series to Earth, so the Sully clan, and Zoe Saladana’s Neytiri in particular, can see how the planet is doing. Unless something is seriously wrong, and Cameron can’t find another director to eventually pass the baton to, it looks like the franchise will continue to carry on.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]
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