Way back in January, James Cameron revealed that his long-awaited sequel, Avatar 2, has been pushed back another year, from December 2016 to December 2017. We haven't heard much about Avatar 2 since then, aside from new concept art images that surfaced back in September, and it still isn't known when production will begin. Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with James Cameron, who revealed that he hopes his ambitious sequel will prove the original Avatar's success wasn't a fluke. Here's what the filmmaker had to say, when asked if the process has gotten any easier this time around.
"No. Because you have to challenge yourself. Obviously, expectations are going to be very high on these films, especially on Avatar 2, to make sure it wasn't just some big fluke the first time. So we've got to deliver. I've created a nice rod for my own back, so they say."
Back in 2013, James Cameron brought on a group of writers to help him craft the stories for Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4, which are set to arrive in December of 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. Josh Friedman came aboard to co-write Avatar 2, with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver tasked with Avatar 3 and Shane Salerno co-writing Avatar 4. With production presumably starting sometime next year on all three sequels, James Cameron revealed he is still tinkering with the scripts, while designing all of the characters and creatures.
"I'm in the process of doing another pass through all three scripts right now. Just refining. That's in parallel with the design process. The design process is very mature at this point. We've been designing for about a year and a half. All the characters, settings and creatures are all pretty much [set]."
We reported back in 2014 that Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 will shoot simultaneously between eight to nine months. It isn't known when production will actually begin yet, but 20th Century Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos promised fans this summer that these sequels will not be delayed again. What remains to be seen is if Avatar 2 can surpass the original Avatar at the box office, which still holds the all-time records for highest domestic ($760.5 million) and worldwide ($2.7 billion) grosses. Do you think Avatar 2 has a chance at breaking Avatar's box office record?