James Cameron Will Finally Start Filming His 'Avatar' Sequels Next Week

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 8:15PM
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Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 8:15PM
James Cameron Will Finally Start Filming His 'Avatar' Sequels Next Week
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It's finally happening. After literally years of threatening to make more Avatar movies, James Cameron is finally putting his money where his mouth is, and will actually start filming the things.

For a long time, it looked as if this might never actually happen, that Cameron was making empty promises to deliver movies that nobody asked for. The project has been delayed countless times, to the point that it really did seem like this was all just one big practical joke - surely, Cameron wouldn't commit a decade or more of his life to making four Avatar sequels back to back, right?

Yet, here we are. Filming is scheduled to begin next Monday, on September 25, 2017 - according to a statement Cameron made at a Terminator event in Los Angeles - and essentially won't stop for a very long time. At present it seems that the plan is still to film all four sequels back to back, giving him a lot of material that he can then use to make generic space adventure movies for years to come.


Not much is known about the story for these sequels, or what's made Cameron think that his next idea for the franchise deserves to be told over four parts, but what we do know is that (spoiler alert) pretty much every character that died in the first Avatar will be resurrected in order to show up across every new installment that we'll be getting.

Both Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang, who played the original movie's versions of Obi Wan and Darth Vader respectively, will be reprising their roles through some hitherto unexplored plot contrivance that's probably something to do with the planet Pandora's natural magic, or the transformative properties of the rare element Unobtanium.



It's hard to muster genuine enthusiasm for what will no doubt be Cameron's most ambitious project of his life, in large part because it feels a lot like the director's energy is being misplaced. It's been seven years already since the first Avatar, and people weren't exactly blown away by the story and setting then - innovative CGI and 3D technology aside, the first film has always been regarded as an incredibly forgettable affair that borrows too much from significantly more noteworthy movies.

It might have been in Cameron's interest to test the water with one of these new movies first, to see whether any more are actually justified. If there's anything worse than a movie that exists purely to set up future installments in the series, it's an unending stream of generic sequels that do nothing to further the wider plot of the narrative. The frustrating thing about filming these movies back to back is that we'll be forced to endure them all, even if the first sequel bombs so badly that Cameron realizes the error of his ways.

But, then, various industry professionals have faith in Cameron and his lofty Avatar plans. Disney is banking on Pandora being the Next Big ThingTM so much that they've added an Avatar themed area to their Florida park; such is the clout of the man who, let's face it, has directed the two most financially successful movies of all time (which would be Avatar and Titanic). 

We can only hope that James Cameron does in fact have some great big trick up his sleeve for these movies - either way, we're all going to be watching or at least hearing about them for a long time to come.
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