Hollywood has managed to toss out quite the recent slur of blockbuster hits as of late — from Joss Whedon's Avengers films to Jurassic World to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But, even as popular as all those films are, none of them managed to eclipse the box-office, record-shattering epic masterpiece that is James Cameron's sci-fi mega-hit, Avatar. Almost ten years have passed since the release of the film, and still to this day — with all the franchises going to war — none of them have even managed to knock out Cameron's Titanic from the No. 2 slot! The film (loosely based on the real-life tragedy) sat comfortably in the No. 1 slot until Avatar gave it the boot in 2009.
And while we were promised sequels almost immediately after Avatar left theaters, Cameron has still yet to produce a single one on screen. But, while he has been taking his sweet time with his beloved franchise, he has sworn to audiences that the wait will be well worth it when the films finally make their long-awaited debut.
So, What Do We Know About the Upcoming First Sequel?
Expected Release Date: December 2018.
Avatar 2 has missed several projected release dates ever since it was first announced. It's kind of hard at this point for fans to take Cameron and the studio at their word with this one. With production and filming schedules being pushed further and further, it's reasonable to assume this is not the last we'll hear about Avatar 2's expected launch. Sorry.
Who's Coming Back?
We can confirm that original film stars Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), and Stephen Lang (Miles Quaritch) will all be returning for the sequel. It is unknown at this time, however, exactly what roles Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang will be portraying. Fans of the first film remember that both characters died at the end of the film. Weaver, however, has shined some light on her supposed return to the franchise, stating that she would "transform or change" with every sequel. Lang, on the other hand, is reportedly reprising his "antagonistic force" from the original film. How? We'll just have to wait and see for that one.
New Technology is Being Implemented
James Cameron is well known for his love of advancing film tech. He's always looking for new ways to expand and explore the relationship between effects, the camera, and his actors. He's reportedly working with some new developers and engineers to craft a brand new way to record the sequel and all others that come after it. Is it an impossible mission? Never.
Cameron's dedication to movie tech is what sold the studio on Avatar on the first place, and his use of it during the movie is what captured the minds and hearts of audiences all over the globe. Many of whom found themselves lost in the plot, staring into the deep into the vividly imaginative world of Pandora.
More and More Sequels Just Seem to Keep Being Written
Cameron has announced that he will likely film four Avatar sequels back to back. His intention is to release one per year starting in 2018. Is that all? Could be. When James Cameron first started working on more Avatar films, he stated there would only be two sequels. Well, two eventually became three, and three eventually became four. In the current market, it's all studios can do to put out sequel after sequel in between spin-off after spin-off. They seem to be the only thing keeping many studios afloat lately. And because Avatar is currently the highest-grossing film ever made, it's doubtful the studio will deny Cameron the ability to craft as many sequels as his delightful little heart can muster.