James Cameron has announced that Avatar 2 will have a release date of December 2014. What might be more surprising to fans of the first film, is that Avatar 3 will be released shortly after that, anchoring Cameron to two projects for the foreseeable future. On the surface, it is equally intriguing that Cameron thinks he will find success with the sequels and that people are so excited to see what the next chapters might hold.
When Avatar came out in 2009, it seemed like the type of film that was content to be a solo effort, not really needing a sequel to flesh out more stories amongst the characters. Looking back though, this is the same way that people thought when Alien and Terminator came out, and the sequels to both of those films ended up being more widely loved than the originals. The sequels to each of those films also laid the groundwork for additional chapters, making them franchises on their own.
The original Avatar box office rose to over $760 million in the United States and $2.78 billion in the Worldwide box office. The numbers are absolutely amazing and when Avatar won a boatload of awards for Cameron, it seemed to cement that fans would be quite willing to accept more chapters. If the sequels can even do half of the business that the original was able to bring in at the box office, it would make the studio quite a bit of money. Will the viewers still come out in droves to see a story that explored many avenues of its characters already?
There were quite a few movie reviewers who called this past summer the “summer of sequels”, but that could one step further in 2014. There are planned releases in the Batman and Spider-Man franchises, as well as Star Trek 3 and Thor 2. With so many years to go until 2014 rolls around, that list could be increased by quite a bit. It does just about guarantee that there will be a lot of competition at the box office, but most studios will probably try to avoid coming out with pictures in the same month as Avatar 2.
As of now, there have been no plot details released from Cameron or his representatives about Avatar 2, or even if it will include the same characters that made the first film so memorable. Cameron will probably keep most of that under wraps for as long as he can, if for no other reason than to keep people from debating if the new plot ideas would work. That gives him a long time to get images on the screen and could end up really creating a fever about when the first Avatar 2 trailer will premiere. It’s a method that has worked before, and at this point, anyone who doubts the genius of Cameron could be making a big mistake.