Avatar is one of the most fascinating movies to ever happen. Not because the movie is very good (it isn't) but more that it made so much money and also made virtually no impact on the overall culture. The only times it ever gets brought up is when we're talking about box office records and the best use of 3D so far. It's a movie no one ever talks about which is why it is still so odd that director James Cameron seems to think we want four more of them. In an interview with The Daily Beast Cameron reveals that the process for the sequel has taken so long because he is writing Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 at once.
"The thing is, my focus isn't on Avatar 2. My focus is on Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 equally. That's exactly how I'm approaching it. They've all been developed equally. I've just finished the script to Avatar 5. I'm now starting the process of active prep," Cameron said.
This explains why the movie that was supposed to come out in 2014, then 2016, then 2017, and finally settled on December 21, 2018. While the attention to detail is admirable the question really becomes is whether or not this is the right way to approach this series. To have such a detailed plan is good but the problem is there is every chance that no one wants four more Avatar movies. That means they might only get to two or three and then lose their funding.
"I'll be working with the actors in the capture volume in August, so I'm booked in production every day between now and then. Our volume is up and running, and everything is designed, and so we're going full-guns right now. I feel like I've been let out of jail, because I've been in the writing cave for the last two years. I'm actually enjoying life. I don't enjoy writing. I wouldn't wish writing on a dog," Cameron said.
He has basically admitted that he's been locked in a room writing for the last two years which leads one to wonder if he realizes how little impact his movie has had on the culture overall. It is well remembered perhaps but much later sequels rarely turn out well with Mad Max: Fury Road being the main exception to the rule. Cameron appears determined to make these four movies happen though and with a late 2018 release date we can expect production to start any day now.