Considering the original Avatar (2009) is the highest grossing movie of all time, you could forgive director James Cameron from expressing some hubris when it comes to box office expectations for the upcoming sequels, in a "release them, and they will come" kinda way.
Well, it appears even Cameron is intimidated by the universal, box office smashing force of Star Wars, confirming that it would be "stupid" to release any of the four sequels at the same time.
'I Don't Want To Go Head-To-Head With Star Wars'
In an interview with FamousMonsters at CinemaCon, the 61-year-old franchise fanatic explained this wasn't because he was afraid, but more a case of doing it for strict business reasons. He said:
“My original plan was to release them a year apart, but we’re opening that up. If for no other reason than that I don’t want to land on the same date as one of the Star Wars sequels. That wouldn’t be fair to them. [Laughs]
"No, that’s just good business. I don’t want to go head-to-head with Star Wars. That would be stupid. And hopefully they won’t want to go head-to-head with us.”
In an attempt to sidestep any potential battle against Disney's powerhouse — which is now the third highest grossing film of all time with $2.066 billion — the expected release dates for the quartet of Na'vi tales are December 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023.
Currently, those dates slot around the release of Episode VIII (2017) and Episode X (2019). However, that could mean coming up against Han Solo's anthology film in 2018, as well as a further spinoff in 2020.
Cameron Will Shoot ALL Four Films Simultaneously
Avatar was praised for its innovative use of 3D technology and CGI, and it's safe to say Cameron likes to abscond the comfort zone; he also confirmed that he'd be shooting all upcoming films concurrently, claiming it'll be the "most challenging" thing he's ever done. He added:
“It’s not back-to-back. It’s really all one big production. It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all [Avatar scripts] simultaneously.
"It’s going to be probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. It’s a saga. It’s like doing all three Godfather films at the same time.”
As well as becoming the highest grossing film in history with a box office of $2.78 billion, the sci-fi epic was also nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning three for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects.
The sequel to 'Avatar' is due for release in December 2018.
Did you enjoy the original 'Avatar'? Are you excited for the sequels?
Source: Famous Monsters