James Cameron Opens Up About Releasing Avatar 2 Over A Decade After The Original And Why He Thinks It Will Work

ytsfreeSeptember 18, 2022

When moviegoers were introduced to Avatar in 2009, the original Avengers had yet to be assembled, the Star Wars sequel trilogy wasn’t even a twinkle in Lucasfilm’s eye, nor the Jurassic World trilogy for Universal, each of which have since come and gone. As Avatar: The Way of Water gets closer to release, one might wonder whether audiences are ready for a sequel after so many years since the original’s release. However, James Cameron has a solid reason as to why he thinks it will work. 

When Avatar filmmaker James Cameron was asked if he was concerned about the 13-year gap between the first Avatar and The Way of Water, which is toward the end of 2022’s schedule of movies, he provided some sound reasoning derived from his own personal experiences with sequels. Cameron explained this to NYT, saying:

I think I could have made a sequel two years later and have it bomb because people didn’t relate to the characters or the direction of the film. My personal experience goes like this: I made a sequel called ‘Aliens,’ seven years after the first movie. It was very well received. I made a sequel called ‘Terminator 2,’ seven years after the first movie. It did an order of magnitude of more, in revenue, than the first film. I was a little concerned that I had stretched the tether too far, in our fast-paced, modern world, with ‘Avatar 2’ coming in 12 years later. Right until we dropped the teaser trailer, and we got 148 million views in 24 hours. There’s that scarce seen but wondered at principle, which is, Wow, we haven’t seen that in a long time, but I remember how cool it was back then. Does that play in our favor? I don’t know. I guess we’re going to find out.


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