It has been seven years since the release of “Avatar” and will be at least two more before the first of several sequels in James Cameron’s biodiversity-celebrating sci-fi saga returns to screens.
At the time of the release the film scored criticism for its lifting of plot elements from works such as “Dances With Wolves” and “Dune,” but with the $3 billion earned at the box-office it has now become the film that others have since imitated and Cameron is well aware as he tells Vulture:
“I think it has spawned a lot of imitators. I see bits of ‘Avatar’ DNA in other films, in terms of design motifs and so on. It definitely showed people what’s possible in terms of using CG. I think it’s consistent to itself. Right now I think the legacy is that people just want to see more of it.”
We’ll have to wait and see if moviegoers really want several more trips to Pandora, either way though the director is confident the franchise will continue to find am audience:
“It wouldn’t have any relevance if it wasn’t a refraction through a lens of fantasy or science fiction of the things that are going on in our world, whether it’s the struggle if you look at this Standing Rock confrontation between Native Americans and the authorities that’s going on right now, that’s just an example of the kind of things that ‘Avatar’ is about, metaphorically. It’s going on throughout Central and South America. Indigenous people confronting big hydroelectric dam projects or confront oil companies, that sort of thing. It’s the world we live in.
It’s also about our relationship with technology and how we’re a much more urbanized society then we used to be. We’re far, far down through the looking glass of our own technology now, and I think part of us is yearning for that reconnection to nature, and that’s what the ‘Avatar’ films will remind us of. ‘Avatar’ was made for everybody from 8 to 80. It doesn’t really have a target audience, and I think that’s what really made the better part of $3 billion, because it appeals very broadly. I’d say it’s for anybody with an imagination.”
Barring any further delays, the first sequel is expected to hit screens in 2018.