Looking forward to the Avatar sequels? Get ready to wait longer and enjoy Marvel and DC movies instead. James Cameron has delayed the first sequel from 2016 to 2017. It turns out writing the sequels has been a ‘complex’ writing job.

Hmm. Watching Avatar I never thought, damn, this script had to be tough. The CG? Yeah, that had to involve sleepless months.

Cameron’s plan for the sequels involve releasing them in consecutive years. I guess someone needs a new yacht and private jet. Speaking to 3News, he outlined the difficulty.

“We were probably a bit ambitious with [the film]. It took me six months to write the first and we’re writing three altogether.”

“There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film.”

Cameron is leading a team of screenwriters to pump out the three scripts. The films will be shot in New Zealand, where he is currently promoting the local film industry.

“We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that,” he said. “And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.”

Some good news for fans? You will not be left hanging after the first two. Each movie will have a distinct conclusion, along with a tie-in for the next film. That beats the current Hollywood mold of cutting a book in half for a blatant money grab.

With the first Avatar movie grossing $2.8 billion worldwide, it’s easy to see why he wants to get this right. The films will be compared to their predecessor. It is hard to imagine them living up to the previous film. Think about it, how often have you watched Avatar?

The film has a lightning in a bottle feel. It was a spectacle more than a great movie. Sure, most of the top grossing films are spectacles, but they lend some rewatchability. Avatar? It doesn’t have that same pull to me.

What do you think? Can James Cameron capture lighting for three years in a row with the Avatar sequels?


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