Sunday, April 13, 2014

All Avatared Out

So here's the big announcement from James Cameron: he should be done with the scripts for three Avatar sequels in six weeks.

The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously.  They’re essentially all in pre-production now because we are designing creatures, settings and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks. [....] The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable.

How about cutting out enough so there's only two sequels. Or one. Or none.

With $2.78 billion worldwide, Avatar has grossed more money, by far, than any other film.  Second place is Cameron's Titanic, with $2.19 billion.  After that, it drops to $1.52 billion for Marvel's The Avengers.

Yet, does anyone really want to see a sequel to Avatar, much less three?  Does anyone want to return to that boring land with those giant blue freaks?  Cameron promises new habitats and cultures.  That might work, if we could drop anyone and anything from the original.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it- the "boring land with the giant blue freaks" grossed more cash than any other film. Cameron is a businessman first (maybe only only). Capitalism dictates that it should be milked for all its worth

5:03 AM, April 13, 2014  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

I'm doubting that your understanding of capitalism is sufficient. I suspect it doesn't dictate much more than that there be a market clearing price, and a mechanism to get there.

8:30 AM, April 13, 2014  
Anonymous Lawrence King said...

Like LAGuy, I found the film moderately boring and 100% predictable. The plot was lifted from various sources, especially "Fern Gully" of all places.

But since I don't understand why people loved it, I can't say whether a sequel is wise.

9:47 AM, April 13, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The weird thing about Cameron's last two films is when they were first released everyone was thrilled and they couldn't see them enough, and then a few years later people felt kind of disgusted that they ever got so excited.

11:16 AM, April 13, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the best way to fail in show biz is to keep repeating yourself (or as they call it in capitalism, the law of diminishing returns). You'd think Cameron would know this, even with the success of Dances With Smurfs.

11:39 AM, April 13, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First anonymous mistakenly thinks capitalism is all about making money. If that's what you want to do, you bribe the government to create a monopoly for you. Or better, you work for the government and make sure no matter what else happens you get paid.

9:12 PM, April 13, 2014  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

So where is the Titanic sequel - that's what America is screaming for!

I fairly disliked Avatar, and I'm fairly sure I won't see sequels (unless I hear something really special about them). I was also very disappointed by the Aliens prequel (Prometheus), but I hear a sequel prequel is being made.
So clearly, I'm not the target audience.

3:30 PM, April 14, 2014  

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