James Cameron’s Avatar was the highest-grossing film in history, but the 2009 film didn’t have an immediate sequel. In fact, the sequel, The Way of Water, only hit theaters this year, about 13 years after the original. So does Cameron think the gap too big will be a problem? Talking to The New York TimesCameron said he was initially concerned that audiences might not care as much after many years, but the first teaser trailer had nearly 150 million views on its first day. Despite the quick success with the trailer, Cameron said he’s not sure The Way of Water will ever find a large audience again.
“I’m a little concerned that I’ve stretched the leash too far, in our fast-paced, modern world, with Avatar 2 coming out 12 years later. Right until we skip the trailer. before, and we got 148 million views in 24 hours,” he said. “There’s that rare-but-wonder-there principle, which is, ‘Well, we haven’t seen that in a long time, but I remember how cool it was back then. ‘ Is that in our favor? I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out.”
Cameron was responding to a question about whether audiences relate to The Way of Water’s characters and direction as it’s been more than a decade since the first film. He’s not sure one way or the other, and he added that the Avatar sequel could theoretically bomb if it were released two years after the first. After all, nothing is certain in Hollywood.
“I thought I could do a sequel two years later and bomb it because people weren’t related to the characters or the direction of the movie,” he said.
Cameron has experience making sequels that come out long after the original. His 1986 Alien sequel, Aliens, was released seven years after Ridley Scott’s Alien. There’s also a seven-year gap between Cameron’s Terminator and Terminator 2. Both films have fared better at the box office than their firsts.
Avatar is highest grossing movie ever made, which brought in $2.847 billion at the box office. Cameron’s other high-grossing film is Titanic ($2.2 billion; third of all time, not adjusted for inflation), making him one of the most commercially successful directors. in the history of cinema.
Avatar is will return to theaters this Friday, September 23 through an updated and remakeso the film’s total box office only climbs higher before The Way of Water opens in December.
The Way of Water returns Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore and Giovanni Ribisi. Sigourney Weaver will also return, but in a new role, as her character in the original Avatar died. Avatar 3 was shot continuously with The Way of Water and the stories were written for Avatar 4 and 5, but Whether they are created or not will depend on the performance of The Way of Water.
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