Avatar had earned $2 billion in the box office when it came out, and James Cameron is ready to bring the franchise back next year with a series of sequels. What’s interesting is, these movies are so ambitious that they are looking to spend a massive budget on production.
As per Deadline, the four upcoming sequels to Avatar will have combined budget of over a billion dollars. With the first movie having cost $237 million, that would roughly mean that each entry will have the same amount of budget—possibly the same amount of spectacle.
From the set of the sequels: @JimCameron directing the actors before they dive underwater for performance capture.
Fun fact: That layer of white on the water's surface is comprised of floating balls that prevent lights from interfering with filming underwater. pic.twitter.com/dOBwS6qOXF
— Avatar (@officialavatar) May 6, 2020
We don’t really know what to expect from these movies yet, but we do know that we’re going to be moving to the underwater world of Pandora this time around. With the focus on air in the first movie, I can’t help but feel that these sequels will be delving into the different ‘elements’ of the world; then again, that’s just my guess.
I have to say, I’m very curious on how thoroughly planned these sequels are going to be. Even if the first film flops at the box office, I have a feeling that the three other films will release regardless. It’s a big gamble, but Cameron has more than proven himself when it comes to his projects. I guess it’s going to be interesting to see a movie that really took the time to be made, rather than the recent blockbusters that have allotted time for production and release.
The first Avatar sequel is set to come out on Dec. 16, 2021.