By the time it hits cinemas, the first of James Cameron’s four sequels to “Avatar” will be coming eleven years after the arrival of the first film.
Despite the lengthy gap, Cameron has spent much of the past decade getting these films mapped out and ready for production. Box-office prognosticators have long discussed how the large gap between films will hurt the sequel’s potential, but Cameron tells CNN this week that he’s confident the gap won’t be an issue:
“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. And a lot of the delay has been around creating that overall vision.”
The recent “Pandora: The World of Avatar” Disneyland attractions have helped bring the franchise back into public consciousness to some extent. Filming on the sequels is finally slated to kick off later this year with Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang all set to return.