LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 06: Director James Cameron attends Red Carpet Green Dress at the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on February 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)
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James Cameron Is Prepared To Wrap It Up After Avatar 3 If The Sequels Aren't Profitable
Considering that the first "Avatar" film is the highest-grossing picture of all time worldwide, one would assume that its long-awaited sequel "The Way of Water" will also blow up the box office when it is released on December 16, 2022. However, if the upcoming sequel isn't as transportive or gripping as the original, it could spell trouble for the entire Avatar franchise.
There are ‌four "Avatar" sequels planned, but if "The Way of Water" underperforms, 20th Century Studios (aka Disney) could cut it off before it's reached the fifth movie and James Cameron is fully aware of this possibility. While he doesn't know how "The Way of Water" will do financially, Cameron recognizes how important the sequel is to reaching the fifth film.
"The market could be telling us we're done in three months, or we might be semi-done, meaning: 'Okay, let's complete the story within movie three, and not go on endlessly,' if it's just not profitable," the filmmaker confessed. Cameron further said, "We're in a different world now than we were when I wrote this stuff, even. The question is: how many people give a s*** now?"