Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In his legendary book Adventures in the Screen Trade, screenwriter William Goldman wrote of the film industry: “Nobody knows anything. Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess and if you’re lucky, an educated one.” And he’s right. Making predictions about the movie biz is like trying to predict the weather. However, there does seem to be one hard and fast rule: never bet against James Cameron. No matter your opinion on his movies, the man’s track record has never faltered. He says he’ll do something crazy, and then he does it and then it makes everyone a whole lotta money.
So when Cameron chats about expanding the Avatar universe in a new interview, I pay close attention. Not because I love Avatar (although I do like it just fine), but because Cameron’s insane plans and ambitious projects have this habit of actually, you know, working.
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We have four Avatar sequels coming over the next seven years, with the first movie hitting theaters in 2017. Writer/Director James Cameron has revealed new details about Avatar 2 and the other Avatar sequels. Find out the details, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- The director of The Blair Witch Project praises Blair Witch.
- John Boyega teases Pacific Rim 2.
- Stephen Lang promises that the Avatar sequels are still coming.
- Duncan Jones would still be down for a Warcraft 2.
- Zombieland 2 is being written. Again.
- Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt has earned an important seal of approval.
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back reveals a new poster.
- Michael Bay shows off a big stunt on Transformers: The Last Knight.
- Super Troopers 2 will wrap filming in September.
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Director James Cameron appeared at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 as part of a Hall H’s Aliens anniversary retrospective on Saturday afternoon, and afterwards he did some press where he talked about his upcoming four Avatar sequels, the possibility of an Avatar television series, his thoughts on filmmaker Neill Blomkamp‘s Aliens sequel, an update on the long awaited Abyss Blu-ray release and more.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Avatar made an enormous impression when it opened in 2009, smashing box office records and earning fawning praise for its then-cutting-edge visuals and eye-popping world design. 20th Century Fox quickly announced plans to release Avatar 2 in 2014… but so far, all that’s really come of the project is story after story about release date delays. As of now, Avatar 2 is scheduled to finally open in 2018. Maybe. If they’re lucky.
So in the meantime, 20th Century Fox has found other ways to bring audiences back to Pandora, and therefore keep that sweet franchise money rolling in. We’ve talked at length about the Avatar land currently under construction at Walt Disney World, and shown you photos from the Cirque du Soleil show. But if you don’t feel like shelling out for those, you’ll soon have another, more accessible option. Avatar is getting turned into a massively multiplayer mobile strategy game from Kabam. Read More »
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Last week, James Cameron announced that he was going to be making four Avatar sequels instead of five and you could hear everyone on the internet collectively roll their eyes. Not because everyone dislikes Avatar (I think the 2009 original is still a fine movie), but because Avatar 2 was originally supposed to come out in 2014 and be the next chapter in a trilogy. And then the pattern began: every few years, Avatar 2 gets delayed by another year or two and Cameron adds another planned film to the series. Only a fool would bet against someone as successful and wily as Mr. Cameron, but it’s been patently ridiculous to watch from afar as 2014 became 2018 and three films became five.
But maybe (maaaybe) he’s not jerking everyone’s chain this time around? After all, this announcement came with much fanfare and now he’s actually following up said announcement with additional press and interviews about the next movies. And since this is James Cameron, the lunatic/genius behind The Terminator, Aliens, and Titanic, he’s never not interesting.
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Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Remember back in 2010, when 20th Century Fox dated Avatar 2 for December 2014? That date has long since come and gone, and deep into 2016 we’re still waiting on this movie. But in the meantime, director James Cameron has added yet another sequel to to his Avatar-related to-do list. During its CinemaCon presentation today, 20th Century Fox announced we’ll be seeing four more Avatar movies between now and 2023. Read More »
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- James Cameron offers a non-update on Avatar 2.
- Laurence Fishburne talks about landing a role in John Wick: Chapter 2.
- Ewan McGregor says nice things about the Trainspotting sequel script.
- Jeepers Creepers 3 runs into a huge problem.
- Neighbors 2 reveals a new poster.
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For anyone who was excited to see James Cameron‘s long-gestating Avatar 2 take on Star Wars: Episode VIII for a Christmas box office battle royale, we have some bad news. Avatar 2 will not be ready to meet the Christmas 2017 release that was staked out for the sequel. Though the release date was never officially claimed by 20th Century Fox, Cameron himself said they were targeting the holiday release window just last month. But now we have no idea when the sequel might hit the big screen. Read More »