Getting the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar up and running has been more of an arduous process than most fans would have hoped. With a very complex production, there have been rumors that we may not seen the film for multiple years, while Cameron still found a way to have fans care by announcing a fourth film would likely happen as well. While it seemed like earlier this year we may have some time to go, it’s an interview with Sigourney Weaver that claims not only is a second Avatar fast approaching, but the franchise may quickly pump out one after another thanks to the principal photography schedule.
At the premiere of her USA Network mini-series Political Animals, Sigourney Weaver told Showbiz411 that Avatar 2, 3, and 4 will film all together in one big back-to-back production starting this fall. Weaver says that “she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work” but that she’ll just “show up”.
Granted, it’s been three years since the original film’s release, and Cameron has said that he had scripts already in the works. But, is it truly enough to bring three sequels back-to-back? Perhaps Cameron knows how hard it is to get the entire production together, and this is simply his insurance that there won’t be another five year hiatus between films. But though he’s only spoken of a fourth film in a hypothetical context, could he get a script down before a fall start? It’s certainly a tall, and unlikely, order.
Then again, we also don’t know how involved Weaver will be with the production either. While comments have surfaced from both she and Cameron hinting that her character of Grace may still be alive after all, could it be possible that she may be breathing for three more sequels? That certainly seems to remain hopeful at best. But, as both have said…this is science fiction after all.
Grossing over $2.75 billion worldwide, Avatar is the number one film in box office history. However, previous reports have said not to expect Avatar 2 until at least 2015. Although with this news the production could in fact be moving right along to its original December 2014 slot…if lucky.