By: Ryan Jenkins
It has been over several years since the first Avatar film was released in cinemas across the globe; James Cameron’s immersive sci-fi saga has brought on board some true technological innovations that have raised the bar within the film industry, proving how 3D tech can be applied to the big screen. The 2009 film displayed a vibrant colourful landscape, introducing meaningful characters with complex ethical dilemma’s that kept viewers on the edge of their seats. However, as there has been a significant delay between the first film and the sequel (whenever it comes out), we are left wondering whether or not this with will impact on the success of the franchise. We have seen numerous blockbuster hits since 2009 that have incorporated Cameron’s 3D technology to give us a captivating user experience. The questions here are, will the popularity of the saga wane? will the sequels live up to the hype of the first movie?

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James Cameron attempts to alleviates these concerns, speaking out on the matter at his latest Avatar themed attraction at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. In an interview with CNN Cameron commented that “it was a seven year gap between ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day,’ seven year gap between ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens.’ It’s gonna be obviously more like a ten year gap between ‘Avatar’ and ‘Avatar 2.’ But ‘Avatar 2’ you are going to with not the promise, but the certainty of three more films beyond that, and that’s a very different concept with the audience.”

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For a while now, it has become common knowledge that the Avatar franchise will extend its universe through four additional films, with the last instalment set to release in 2025. One thing that’s disconcerting for Avatar fans is that the second film has seen numerous delays, with it initially set to come out in 2017, then December 2018 and now has been pushed back even further to 2020. This will mean that Avatar 2 will be due to come out in cinemas well over a decade after the first movie.

During his discussion with CNN, Cameron noted that the delay was necessary in order to take the time that he needed to create the overall vision, adding that “this land [the Disney attraction] will help bridge that gap in the public conscience. People will come here, and say, man I need some ‘Avatar.'”
I’m both excited and frustrate for the next film to come out, though only time will tell regarding its success. Tell us you thoughts; Are you excited for the next movie? Do you think James Cameron is taking too long on Avatar 2? let us know what you think @JenChauMedia.

 

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