Avatar is huge business, not just for Hollywood (Fox that means you) but also the many theaters that are showing the movie and earning a lot of money from their box office takings and the amount of popcorn that is being shifted for the movie's 2 1/2 hour running time.
They should breathe a sigh of relief that James Cameron is with Entertainment Weekly about talking doing two sequels to the film. EW also has a cover featuring a couple of the film's blue lead characters. Check out what Cameron has to say - and the cover after the jump.
Cameron seems to have had a sequel (or two) built into the business plan from day one, which isn't surprising, considering the reported $300 million-plus budget of Avatar.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Cameron said:
"I’ve had a storyline in mind from the start — there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel. It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan. The CG plants and trees and creatures and the musculo-skeletal rigging of the main characters — that all takes an enormous amount of time to create. It’d be a waste not to use it again.”
The magazine also has a witty quote from star Sam Worthington, who is signed up to star in another two Avatar films. Worthington apparently emailed the publication and said:
“Jake should have abused his avatar and be fat and unfit and demand Neyteri to get him a beer.”
Now, there's a way of taking a billion-dollar franchise and making it "edgy".
Avatar 2 really isn't surprising. It's a billion-dollar hit that will soon beat-out Titanic as the highest-grossing film ever (although Titanic didn't really have sequel potential :-P ).
It's somewhat unlikely that Cameron will direct the sequels (so of you would say "fortunate"); more likely he'll "pull a George Lucas" and oversee production. That probably wont stop Fox from selling the films a being "From visionary director James Cameron" - but hey, at this point it's just semantics, right?
More on Avatar 2 as we get it.
Source: Entertainment Weekly